EHEA Official Master's: Research Master in Art and Design
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The aim of the Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design (MURAD) is to provide skills associated with the ability to research, think, rethink, argue and write about topics and problems linked to the theory and practice of art and design today. In turn, it promotes the production of creative processes through the practice of artistic research and research through the practice of design.
The Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design lies in the combined field of aesthetic research, artistic research and research through design. It is therefore not simply a theoretical or production-focused master’s degree, but one where three strands converge: artistic, design and discourse.
Admission to the Doctorate
The Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design spearheads the way in the European Higher Education Area regarding the development of the field of study where research into art and design, visual culture and project culture converge, and it also opens up a shared path on the doctorate programme.
As an official master’s degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the MURAD provides access to studying for a doctorate. If Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design graduates apply for the Doctoral Programme run by the UAB Department of Philosophy, they will be taught by both doctorate lecturers and those teaching art and design on the master’s degree course.
In collaboration with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a line of design has been created within the Doctoral Programme of the Department of Philosophy to foster research that is part of doctoral theses in design, as well as production and/or creation doctoral theses.
Connections with National and International Centres of Creation, Production and Research.
The benefits of the experience gained from five editions of the Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design have been strengthened by the research agreements, collaborations and exchanges undertaken with various cultural institutions and universities. To date, students from the different editions have had the opportunity to undertake projects, take part in joint sessions and collaborate with the following institutions:
- Barcelona Design Museum, EDIVI
- Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
- Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, MACBA
- CCCB. Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona
- Espacio exotérico, MACBA
- La Escocesa. Centre of Creation, Barcelona.
- Hangar. Visual Arts Production and Research Center, Barcelona
- Fabra i Coats. Art Factory, Barcelona.
- Idensitat, Barcelona
- Cercle Artistic Sant Lluc, Barcelona
- Carnegie Mellon University, CM
Experimentation and Multidisciplinarity
The Master's Degree in Research in Art and Design fosters experimentation in emerging fields of art and design, ensuring that the Final Master’s Degree Project is a construction of a unique and original itinerary where theory and practice are able to converge. Of paramount interest is the continuity between the two, which are always viewed as forms of knowledge production resulting from a process of enquiry.
To achieve this, the master’s degree has an extensive staff of lecturers and tutors who are experts in numerous aspects of innovative art and design practices and in current trends in thought and aesthetics. This multidisciplinarity is divided into five fields of research, with their convergences and developments:
- Art and Design Research Methodology
- Contemporary Art and Design Practices Food Design, Edible Art and the Aesthetics of Taste / Transition Design and Contextual and Relationship Artistic Practices / Design, Art and Critical Cartography / Game Design and Design Fiction / Bioart and Biodesign / Sound Design and Art / Big Data & Social Media / Post-digital Design and Art / Sustainable Design and Art / Multiculturalism in Art and Design
- Critiquing and Curating in Art and Design.
- Narrative in Art and Design: construction of pasts and futures. The project as a story.
- Knowledge Design, Data Display and Interfaces
- Official Master's: University Master's in Research in Art and Design
- Edition and course
8th, 2020-2021 academic year
132 €/ECTS for students from EU countries and foreign nationals with residence. 149 €/ECTS for foreign students who are not nationals of EU member states (10% discount for former students)
From September 2020 to September 2021
Monday to Thursday: from 4 pm to 8 pm
360h directed, 420h supervised, 720h independent
Passive English, Spanish and Catalan (5%)
Minimum 20 and maximum 35
- Course location
EINA University School of Design and Arts of Barcelona
Open from 11st January 2019 to 8th October 2019 or until vacancies are filled
- Teaching Staff
- Rubén Alcaraz
- Anna Alcubierre
- Elena Bartomeu Magaña
- Marc Català
- Tània Costa
- Salvador Huertas
- Àlex Mitrani
- Oriol Pibernat
- Octavi Rofes
- Mar Saiz
- Tilman Solé
- Dolors Soriano
- Oriol Ventura
- Gerard Vilar
- Alex Arteaga
- Rafael de Balanzó
- Pol Capdevila
- David Casacuberta
- Oriol Fontdevila
- Luis Guerra
- Luki Huber
- Jèssica Jaques
- Joan Minguet
- Raul Oliva
- Ramon Parramon
- Mercè Rua
- Raquel Pelta
- Núria Saura
- Andrea Soto
- Pancho Tolchinsky
- Cameron Tonkinwise
- Laura Vilar
Higher Graduates or Graduates in Fine Arts, Design, Architecture, History of Art, Philosophy, Communication Sciences, Humanities and related subjects. It is an official qualification adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) with two orientations:
- an initiation to useful research for people planning on studying for a doctorate
- professional development in different fields of work in art and design
To gain admission to a Master's Course, it is essential, at the time of enrolment, to hold a university degree or equivalent. Please read all the details regarding requirements for foreign students, application deadlines, languages or documents to be submitted for application at Official master´s admission.
- 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. Research in Design 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. Research in Design 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 the most significant recent artistic phenomena and their relationship with the artistic practices and other cultural practices of the last century, especially those of design, and focusing all those that exemplify the passage of the experimentation of the avant-garde to contemporary artistic research.
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: Research in Design 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: Research in Design 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 40,000 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 25,000 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.
- Atmósfera activa : hacia una poética y política del espacio contemporáneo - Sílvia Bernard
- L’aparença de les coses (les paraules i les coses) - Marta Boix Anfosso
- Relat, recerca, reconstrucció : arxiu per a una història del disseny - Guillem Celada
- Impacte de les tecnologies de fabricació additiva en els processos creatius - Ariadna Fabregas Domingo
- Visualitzacions infogràfiques : dispositius crítics amb capacitat funcional - Enric Garrido Gabarrón
- A (IoT) Chairy Tale - Marc Ligos
- Orwell in the Desert - Núria Saura - Video
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
More info in the Quality section of this website.
TFM "Orwell in the Desert" by Núria Saura