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Susanne Maris, project leader iArts.
iArts stands for interdisciplinary Arts, an international three-year Bachelor’s programme for the creative and intelligent multitalented. It builds bridges between fine arts, sciences and society.
This hybrid is a joint programme of the Maastricht Academy of Performing Arts, the Maastricht Academy of Music, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, the Maastricht Master’s programme in Architecture, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. It is supported by the Hubert van Eyck Academy.
The programme is an exciting cross-over of artistic skills, academic reflection, entrepreneurship and scholarly research. These competencies are fruitfully connected in projects and seminars with a strong focus on today’s societal issues. This makes iArts the first bachelor’s programme in the Netherlands to link interdisciplinarity in fine arts to academic scholarship.
The bachelor’s programme covers three years. In the course of the programme you’ll work on a series of projects. You’ll invent creative and original solutions for current social and cultural issues, in the form of artistic products or artful interventions. Think installations, films, performances, and games. Think meetings, publications, plans, and enterprises. Each and every invention will be the result of interdisciplinary teamwork. Supervision and guidance will be in the hands of excellent teachers who are experts in their fields and who are experienced in interdisciplinary encounters.
Workshops & seminars
Next to each project you’ll participate in various workshops and seminars. Here’s where you deepen your knowledge and exercise the artistic, technical and academic skills that you can immediately put to work in each of your projects. You’ll attend workshops focusing specifically on the fine arts, music, literature and drama. You’ll also develop an academic perspective on the relationship between art, language, technology, tradition, and public spaces.
As the programme advances, you’ll further develop your own direction of artistic and intellectual growth. You’ll also learn how to manage your projects professionally and make them financially viable. To prepare for your graduation project you’ll specialize in one of the following tracks: 1 economics & management,
2 research & policy, or
3 fine arts.
In the final year you’ll develop and complete a graduation project of your own. You’ll write a bachelor’s thesis in which you reflect critically on your own work.
iArts is located in the heart of Maastricht, a European centre of culture and home to 11,000 students. The city’s numerous festivals and events reflect its diverse cultural and historical influences. A candidate for European Capital of Culture in 2018, Maastricht is investing in an inspiring, multifaceted cultural climate.
The iArtist is
an artistic researcher
an imagination engineer
an intelligent multitalent
an artistic inventor
an academic delinquent
a pirate of disciplines
Who is it for?
iArts is an extraordinary programme for extraordinary people. Our students are open-minded and take a broad interest in the world around them. They are creative and critical minds. They are multi-talented and prefer to develop these talents by working with others. They love studying and creating things. And they’re willing to look beyond boundaries.
What can you do with an iArts degree?
The iArts programme trains you to be an artist, researcher and entrepreneur. You can combine the three. You’ll develop the professional perspective and know-how required to reach out and connect to other doers and thinkers. You’ll learn how to make your work meaningful to scientists, businesses, and community organizations. Eventually, you’ll become an artist-researcher who knows his trade but thinks outside the box.
- pre-university secondary education (or equivalent)
- evidence of artistic aptitude
- advanced in English
For more information you can contact Susanne Maris, project leader iArts
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