Informal Master’s Program
MA in Creative Mediation builds upon a number of important principles:
1. Flexibility (the rhythm of the rapidly changing reality);
2. Synergy (rethinking the disciplines and formats, and acting within the unused space among them);
3. Transformation (perpetual observation, analysis, and crystallization of the program through accumulation of unique experience).
These three principles convey the perspective of contemporary education that are essential in today’s world.
Education is the long-term working theme of Tbilisi Triennial initiated in 2012 by the Center of Contemporary Art (CCA). Having gained international interest after its launch, the project was invited to the 1st World Biennial Forum in Gwangju, South Korea. Following the 3rd Tbilisi Triennial held in 2018, we officially joined the International Biennial Association as its Institutional Member.
The educational module of Creative Mediation lasts 9 months and has a core function of reorientation for those people who, due to various reasons, are disoriented and professionally confused, helping them to gain a new social-economic role.
This informal educational profile builds upon creativity and system of artistic thought, as an alternative way of solving existing problems and challenges.
The intensive course consists of more than 30 practical and theoretical modules, with the teaching method that offers every student to undertake a real, socially innovative project within their master’s degree course. Hence, the education received within the 9 months is directly translated into reality, furthermore, this event or the creation of new social structures is accompanied with social activities presented to the public in up to 60 different events.
The informal Master’s Program in Creative Mediation can be compared to a transit for students, equipping them with the skills, communication forms and project development strategies that comply with the actual current reality. From the concept to the development to the final report, students learn the practical skills and ‘rules of the game’ vitally needed in our rapidly changing modern reality to develop and implement long-lasting social and economic projects effectively.
The 8-year long practical experience gained through the Creative Mediation Program and its results have clearly demonstrated that in today’s unlimited technological and informational accessibility, it is possible to achieve one’s essential reorientation in a short, set period of time, which further suggests the achievability of fast and successful requalification to the priority professions across the whole county.
MA in Creative Mediation has been successfully presented internationally since 2017. The first important invitation came from the Frieze Projects, a 1-day symposium held in London, where an hour-long lecture presented the specifics of creative mediation.
Make Your School exhibition held in 2018 in the contemporary art gallery - VT Artsalon in Taipei, Taiwan was significant. The main concept lay at presenting creative mediation as a contemporary, flexible organism and suggesting development of novel educational models. Alongside the exhibition, with the initiative of artist Zura Tsopurashvili, we offered the Creative Mediation Program to Taiwanese professionals, resulting in the transformation of the exhibition into a month-long school.
That same year, CCA’s founder Wato Tsereteli was invited to the Research Fellow 2018 Korea 10X10: 10 Global Curators X 10 Korean Curators, held in Seoul, South Korea. Within the framework of the conference Mr. Tsereteli lectured about Creative Mediation and his interview was published.
Another notable conference of the same year, called Shaping Desired Futures: Cultural Relations in Europe and Beyond, was held in Brussels. Wato Tsereteli was invited as a keynote speaker, giving a talk about Creative Mediation as an answer to global challenges in the field of education. Cultural center Bozar and Italian publishing house NERO Editions published a book under the same title, featuring an article about creative mediation.
The CCA’s exhibition in Shanghai received high appraisal at the first Art and Design Education: FutureLab 2019. It is noteworthy that The Center of Contemporary Art (CCA) presented its informal master’s program alongside such prominent and well-established educational institutions as: London Royal College of Art, Berlin University of Arts, Edinburgh College of Art and others. At the Shanghai exhibition, we presented two layers, where one covered a 9-month structure of teaching and the length of the courses, while the other showcased the long-term innovative social projects initiated by our students.