- M1. Contemporary Thought I (6 ECTS, Obligatory)
- M2. Contemporary Art (6 ECTS, Obligatory)
- M3. Contemporary Design (6 ECTS, Obligatory)
- M4. Artistic Research I (6 ECTS, Obligatory)
- M5. Design Research I (6 ECTS, Obligatory)
- M6. Critique Workshop (6 ECTS, Obligatory)
- M11. Final Master's Degree Project (12 ECTS, Obligatory)
Speciality in Project Culture
- M7. Design Culture (6 ECTS, Optional)
- M8. Design Research II (6 ECTS, Optional)
Speciality in Visual Creation
- M9. Contemporary Thought II (6 ECTS, Optional)
- M10. Artistic Research II (6 ECTS, Optional)
Module 1: Contemporary Thought I
Review of some of the theories and discussions on philosophy and the theory of art and design, of contemporary sociology and cultural anthropology, particularly the more relevant ones for a correct understanding and updating of the crossroads at which contemporary art and design find themselves.
Module 2: Contemporary Art
Critical examination of some of the most significant recent artistic phenomena and their relationship to the cultural practices of the last century, paying attention to all those that exemplify the transition from avant-garde experimentation to contemporary artistic research. The course will revolve around three concepts: time, art and taste.
Module 3: Contemporary Design
Research seminar on creation and innovation processes in relation to techno-cultural and socio-economic transformations that comprise current design. Particular attention will be given to the appearance of new fields within design practice, their presence in emerging economic sectors related to services and knowledge, and the hybridisation of design with cultural practices and the creative industries as a whole.
Module 4: Artistic Research I
Seminars and workshops with artists and about artists and contemporary art movements given by well-known creators and specialists. The main theme is art as a form of thought and research into all types of anthropological, political and social questions which provides students with an overall cartography of these kinds of cognitive practices and how they function.
Module 5: Design Research I
Critical analysis of new trends in design processes and their expansion into emerging fields and practices based on classification and valuation criteria constructed from institutions (museums, collections, publications).
Module 6: Critique Workshop
Art and design critique workshop run by professional critics, the curator's department and other professionals in the art of writing. During the workshop, art and design critique analysis exercises will be conducted by well-known professionals and, most especially, weekly critique writing and review practices by the students.
Module 7: Design Culture
Review of certain theories and authors, who, from the theory of design, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology and other social sciences have helped enrich the theoretical frameworks of current design.
Module 8: Design Research II
Conferences, workshops and seminars which take a critical look at the new trends in design processes and their expansion into emerging fields and practices. Specific fields will be studied which favour the confluence of thought, scientific knowledge, artistic proposals and everyday practices. We will look at how these make us review aesthetic concepts and how they are creating new professional categories.
Module 9: Contemporary Thought II
A select and critical study of some of the discussions about the philosophy and theory of art and design that highlight the more distinctive traits of contemporary artistic practices, such as creativity, performativity, postmediality, intellectualisation and participation.
Module 10: Artistic Research II
Seminar on contemporary artists and artistic movements given by specialist creators and leading figures. The main topic is case analysis through which students learn how to distinguish when a project contributes to knowledge and to what extent.
Module 11: Final Master's Degree Project (FMP)
This consists of research work into art and/or design of a theoretical and/or practical nature with an original focus that may be considered to contribute to the knowledge about its subject.
The Final Master’s Degree Project is supervised by one of the master’s degree lecturers. The Final Master’s Degree Project will consist of the writing and viva voce of the result of an original research project. The Final Master’s Degree Project can be in two formats: ‘paper’ or project
If it is a ‘paper’ project, it must focus on a specific research question and discuss the importance of this question in academic debates. This involves demonstrating:
- knowledge and critical understanding of the academic debates about a subject
- the capacity to focus the project on one specific question
- the ability to establish connections between the theory and the examples or specific cases
The Final Master’s Degree Project must be submitted in the appropriate format to be presented as a ‘paper’ to an academic publication. Attached to this document will be a report detailing the research process followed, highlighting the contribution made by procedure and content that enable the quality of the research presented to be assessed. Overall, it will be a minimum of 30,000 words.
Given its nature, the Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design promotes artistic research and/or creative design research projects as Final Master’s Degree Projects with a level of completion and resolution that allow them to be displayed publicly. This work must be accompanied by a reasoned report on the project (including the proposal, the references cited and the detailed description of the production process) of a minimum of 17,000 words. Possibly, with the agreement of the Master’s Degree Coordinator, the project supervisor will decide the suitability and characteristics of the work chosen by the student.
Guide TFM 2023-2024
Teaching staff in previous editions
Pere Castells, Oriol Castro, Fèlix Fanés, Christopher Green, Fréderic Lagarrigue, Antoni Marí, Yves Michaud, Antoni Miralda, Martí Perán, Josep Perelló, Francisca Pérez, Sevérine Rouillan, Ismael Vallvé
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