About Frank Mohr Institute

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The Frank Mohr Institute (FMI) at the Minerva Art Academy offers an international Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design, with two study programmes to choose from: Painting and MADtech - Media, Art, Design & Technology. Both studio-based programmes, being open 24/7, span two years and comprise 120 credits (ECTS). Each curriculum has its own distinct focus, in the field of painting, on the one hand, and in technologically mediated relationships in society, on the other. Their common ground is that both reinforce the artistic professional in a rapidly changing society. As an independent artist, designer or performer, you will leave your mark in a technologically charged world – by reflecting on your professional role, always asking critical questions, investigating a world in transition or improving quality of life across the world.

The Frank Mohr Institute is named in honour of Mr A. Frank Mohr (1931-1998), a cultural advisor to the city and province of Groningen and chairman of the advisory boards of Minerva Art Academy and the Prince Claus Conservatoire. He was a fervent advocate of independence and innovation in art education in the northern Netherlands.

Finding new pathways

Whether you are an artist, designer or performer, our Painting and MADtech study programmes offer an experimental and critical environment in which to further envisage and shape your ideas. As a contemporary artist, free-thinking and experimental designer or performer, you are not necessarily confined to a single field. You can use traditional means and media as well as new technologies, or a combination of both. Operating from an exploratory mindset, you will investigate the media, technology and content you need to understand, imagine and shape your ideas. Our study programmes give you every opportunity to sharpen your artistic vision, find new pathways and discover uncharted territory.

Extending your knowledge and experience

Both master's degree programmes focus on extending your knowledge, building on your existing skills and deepening your experience. You will spend a great deal of time developing your work and artistic research and acquiring additional technical and conceptual skills and knowledge, which you will subsequently apply towards your graduation project and master's thesis. You will also be involved in group work, presenting and discussing your own pieces and those of your fellow students. Expert lecturers and international guest lecturers will supervise and stimulate your progress.

International focus

As an applicant to an international master's degree programmes, we expect that you are aware of the international context of art and design in general and can situate your own work within this context. During your studies you will build your own network of contacts and carve out your own place in the art world and creative industries.

Both study programmes are internationally recognised and accredited. We work closely with a number of student exchange partners, including the Master of Fine Arts programmes at Hunter College, the City University of New York and the School of Design in Philadelphia. Study trips abroad are part of the programme, for instance to New York in the second year, and you will be encouraged to take part in the international study trips we organise. You can also apply for funding for individual study trips from Minerva Art Academy's Groot-Brugmans Fund, for example to go abroad for an independent study project, student exchange outside Europe, internship or to work as an artist-in-residence.

Getting off to an electric start

To kick off the academic year you will join your fellow students and lecturers on an introductory trip. In recent years we've visited Documenta in Kassel, Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Manifesta in Zurich, Painting 2.0 in Vienna, and the Biennale in Venice.

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