Master of Arts in Public Spheres


Master of Arts in Public Spheres under the HES-SO University of Applied Arts and Sciences address to artists and other practitioners of the art scene who wish to start or continue exploring the relationship between art and the public sphere in its environmental, mediatic, political and cultural dimensions.

This postgraduate degree offers a practical and theoretical platform to bring into question the context of artistic production as well as the criticality of site-specificity. It explores the circumstances of an artwork display and how it relates to the urban or rural space of artistic intervention. The location in the heart of the Alps, rich in industrial history and surrounded by nature, enables the on-field investigation of environmental art and of the dialectics between centre and periphery.
The MAPS offers an intensive 2-year training program distributed over 3 days of teaching per week. Faculty members are international professionals from various disciplines. The seminars and workshops, presented by artists, theoreticians, and curators, include visiting exhibitions and cultural events, as well as developing personal or collective exhibition projects.
About two third of the training is devoted to personal projects carried out with the supervision of tutors. The second year focusses on a final dissertation and exhibition. Students have access to studio space and to all the infrastructures made available by the school.
The language of instruction is English.

The HES-SO Master’s curriculum is offered by three institutions

  • édhéa, École de design et haute école d’art de Sierre
  • HEAD-Genève, Haute école d’art et de design
  • ECAL, École cantonale d’art de Lausanne

Each of these schools focusses on specific aspects

  • MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres, édhéa, Sierre
  • WORK.MASTER – Contemporary artistic practices, HEAD-Genève
  • TRANS – Teaching Mediation, HEAD-Genève
  • CCC – Critical Curatorial Cybermedia, HEAD-Genève
  • EAE – European Art Ensemble, ECAL, Lausanne

Dean of the Visual Arts
Federica Martini

Head of the MAPS – Master of Arts in Public Spheres
Petra Koehle

Admission is competitive. Qualifications required: arts or applied arts school diploma, university degree in a related field or equivalent training or experience

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