A fundamental principle of Corpo-real is the intertwining of theory and artistic research. Three main strands are developed for this: Unit, Case and Theory.
All four semesters of the two-year full-time education programme start with a three-week introduction, consisting of the following components: Travel, Intervention and Public. During the ‘Travel’ week, we explore the world, looking for new thoughts, developments, insights. During the ‘Intervention’ week, we will be working from the inside out, in a reflective and contemplative manner. Finally, the ‘Public’ week is when you share your research, visions of the future and designs with the world at large.
Intuitive physicality, research of space focusing on bodies and space, are the main focus of the units. In the first year you get acquainted with research by making. Different methods and ways of working are introduced. Within a year theme you work on artistic research with your tutor.
In the second year the intertwining of the theoretical research and artistic research will consolidate in to the final thesis of the graduation phase.
In the Case-study, you work on an urgent research question which plays an important role in work commissions by institutional clients. These are challenges which do not require immediate and concrete solutions; rather, the clients are looking for unexpected new strategies and scenarios. The main teaching methods used are field work, studio days and workshops. Research methods are adopted from other disciplines such as anthropology, writing, scenography or curating.
Interior architects need to be able to introduce and research contemporary themes from a historical perspective. Therefore theoretical, individual research plays an important role in the curriculum. You first outline a research question and then, after a period of in-depth literature research, develop and write a paper. Later during the programme you will also be exploring the theme of your self-formulated research question in an empirical, experimental, artistic research: spatial research based on the theory from the thesis, in the units of the second year.
The Corpo-real discourse curriculum provides opportunities for exploring and reflecting upon the main focus of the education programme: the relationship between bodies and space. This ensures a close connection between all components of the education programme: with the research by making in the units, the development of the theoretical research questions and other actual topics or discourse that may occur within the programme or between students.
The main goal of this component is to provide within the education programme a diversity of insights and perspectives on the theme Corpo-real. Each academic year, an external moderator, will develop a programme of lectures, workshops, reading sessions or gallery visits.
Research of oneself is an important topic within this component of the study programme. At the beginning of the programme, you are asked to formulate a description of the professional field in which you wish to be active, explicitly within a specific time frame of five to ten years after obtaining your master diploma. In order to do so, you must first work on gaining a clear understanding of the professional field, by analysing websites, conducting interviews, and visiting potential workplaces. Next, a self-assessment allows you to determine the degree to which your current skills and qualities have already prepared you for this future scenario. This in turn leads to a consultation between you and the education programme in order to determine your individual learning goals.
The master forum, one of the main teaching methods within Reflect, focuses extensively on the exchange of experiences and knowledge related to the topics of the research questions, among students themselves as well as between students and the attending tutors.
Skills modules are closely connected to the content development of the different strands. Practical research methods, to help you develop a personal artistic vision, in the Case-study to identify the qualities you can contribute to a collaborative effort, as well as the role you can assume within the group. Within the programme line Reflective, these modules are closely connected to the Individual Perspective that is part of the reflection within the master forum.
Twice a year we travel. In September we organise a field excursion to the Venice Biennale: alternating every two years between the Biennale Architettura and the Biennale Arte. This allows you to remain informed and up-to-date on global, current and innovative developments within these domains.
In January there is an additional field excursion, with a different destination each year. The main themes for these Travels are orientation within the international professional field, and exchange with students from other international education programmes which allows you to consider your own development and research within a broader context.
The Corporeal curriculum consists of 120 EC spread across two academic years.
The results of the various programme lines are published in the form of Studio reports, Case Study reports, and an annual Corporeal report based on the themes of the graduation projects. The above publications are published online on the issuu platform.
Films of results of the various programme lines are regularly published on Vimeo.
The Master Interior Architecture is a part of the Lab based programmes at the ArtEZ Graduate School. Our courses are tailored to fit the pedagogic ambitions of our students, whom have access to facilities across the university. In its current phase Corpo-real collaborates closely with the Human Matters philosophy at the Academy of Art and Design in Zwolle.