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A master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree. One must already have an undergraduate degree to apply for a master's program. Most master's degree program would require students to complete a master's thesis or research paper.

The Arts refers to programs that focus on intellectual type topics that are not always as straightforward as science and math. Those wishing to play a creative role in contributing to the community would be interested in the arts.

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Master Degree in Arts in Switzerland

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Master Governing the Large Metropolis

Sciences Po
Campus Full time

The Master's programme Governing the Large Metropolis aims to prepare graduates for work on public policy issues in a variety of large metropolises beyond Europe, in relation to different types of organizations and agencies. [+]

Top Master's Degrees in Arts in Switzerland. Master Governing the Large Metropolis Programme objectives The Master's programme Governing the Large Metropolis aims to prepare graduates for work on public policy issues in a variety of large metropolises beyond Europe, in relation to different types of organizations and agencies. The world cities and urban sprawl of both the global North and the global South face massive public policy and governance challenges. The scale and speed of urbanization raise a plethora of issues, which are all covered in the programme. These include: economic development, poverty and slums, housing, health, technological and social innovation, the management of risk, infrastructure, water and waste disposal, changing labour markets, sustainable development, democratic participation. Governing populations divided and organized by class, income, religion, ethnic origin, mobility and/or gender has become even more difficult in a globalizing world where opportunities for mobility, participation in overlapping networks, interdependence and the scale of large urban regions make classic territorial conceptions of government and public policies partly obsolete. Students receive rigorous methodological training, experience from international professionals and exposure to high level academic content. The programme is taught entirely in English with a great emphasis on issues of comparative study. No ready made recipes are provided, and no simple fairy stories on the so called "best practices of good governance": the programme trains the students with a strong critical approach and management skills so as to be competent for project accounting and decision making to implement urban policy in critical environments. Systematic relations are built with urban professionals and research groups, including cities such as Bogotà, Lima, Mexico, Rio, Sao Paulo, Lagos, Beijing, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Istanbul, Cairo, New Delhi, Shanghai, Tokyo and Johannesburg. Going beyond geography, development studies and physical planning, the Master's programme aims at training young professionals who will take charge of public policy design and implementation in the governance of large cities in the future. Main orientations and specific features The two-year programme comprises a mix of sound interdisciplinary theoretical courses, case studies, methods and professional training: Theoretical training focuses on public policy, sociology, governance, law, economics, demography, risk and globalization, centering on issues such as housing, migration, food security, utilities, climate change, informal economy, local finance, conflict management, transports, cultural policies, and the digital city; Professional training is provided in the first year through a group project (capstone) commissioned by a private or public organization, which involves doing applied research in the urban field. Students work 1.5 days a week for six months with a professional tutor. Students also take advantage of a planned study trip to a large urban center (past cities include Cairo, Istanbul, Casablanca/Tangier/Rabat). Case studies and workshops are taught by professionals; Solid methodological training in advanced quantitative and qualitative analysis, network analysis, map work, ecological data mining, and GIS training; In the second semester, regional training focuses on specific area of expertise, with historical insights on urban change. Students have to chose among African Metropolis, Arab and Mediterranean Metropolis, Asian Metropolis, Latin American Metropolis, and North American Metropolis; In the final semester, students will either undertake an internship of at least 14 weeks in a large metropolis or will spend the semester within a partner university, where they will prepare a research thesis (for those envisaging a PhD). During the whole duration of the programme, students are assisted in their course and professional orientation through a regular vocational statement exercise. The programme works in collaboration with other programmes from the Urban School. It also has a close link with research conducted at Sciences Po, notably with the research program "Cities are back in town". Career opportunities Students will have opportunities to work in the following organisations: UN organisations; Environment, health, security and food organisations; Global utility firms (water, transport, waste disposals, energy); NGO's in different sectors (democratic governance, environment, housing, development, culture…); Urban planning agencies, economic development agencies, urban political organisations; Networks of cities (C40, ICLEI etc..); Urban and regional governments; Private foundations and think tanks; Private developers and international consultants in the large metropolis. [-]

Master in Urban and Regional Development

University of Geneva
Campus Full time February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master in Urban and Regional Development offers in-depth training in the areas of town and country landuse planning, urban development and landscape planning, in the North and in the South. The programme puts a strong emphasis on practical experience (through project-based workshops or internships, for example), allowing students to develop the expertise necessary to make territorial diagnoses and to design and implement urban planning projects or coordinate the processes and stakeholders involved in urban and regional development. Students also acquire in-depth knowledge of the technical, legal, and practical tools used by professionals on a daily basis. [+]

Master in Urban and Regional Development The Master in Urban and Regional Development offers in-depth training in the areas of town and country landuse planning, urban development and landscape planning, in the North and in the South. The programme puts a strong emphasis on practical experience (through project-based workshops or internships, for example), allowing students to develop the expertise necessary to make territorial diagnoses and to design and implement urban planning projects or coordinate the processes and stakeholders involved in urban and regional development. Students also acquire in-depth knowledge of the technical, legal, and practical tools used by professionals on a daily basis. The critical thinking aspect of these activities is another major focus of the programme: while students are required to master various tools and techniques, they must also develop reflective and critical approaches to urban and regional development in order to anticipate current AVAILABLE ORIENTATIONS: Regional and urban planning Landscape architecture Regional development in the South Geographic information systems OBJECTIVES: The Master in Urban and Regional Development provides comprehensive training in the areas of regional, city and landscape planning. Training is provided via workshops which foreground the methods and tools used in urban and regional planning professions (diagnostics, projects, drawings, mapping, scale models, etc.). The aim of the programme is to provide in-depth initial training that prepares graduates for the job market. Curriculum Compulsory courses (40Credits) Specialisation courses (40Credits) Three research project workshops (40Credits) Thesis (40Credits) Mobility Students may go on an exchange for one semester, as early as the second semester. Students may earn up to 30 credits while on exchange. No credits for the thesis can be obtained elsewhere. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities The Master in Urban and Regional Development preparesgraduates for careers in regional and urban planning, landscape architecture and environmental management. Graduates find work in a variety of settings: specialised consulting firms, cantonal or municipal planning offices, local planning bodies, regional parks, development cooperation agencies, research agencies, etc. Admission Criteria Bachelor’s degree in geography, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental studies, law, political science, sociology, history, anthropology, ethnology or an equivalent degree. or an equivalent degree. Merit-based admission. Applicants from universities of applied sciences whose prior course of study is related to urban planning may be accepted for the Master’s programme if their application is approved and they pursue a complementary programme of co-requisites (between 10 and 30 credits). Applications Deadline: 28 February 2017 for all graduates of foreign universities (30 April 2017 for all graduates of Swiss universities/colleges) www.unige.ch/enrolment admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in Ethnomusicology

University of Geneva
Campus Full time February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Master in ethnomusicology is offered jointly by the University of Geneva (Musicology Unit), the University of Neuchâtel (Institute of Ethnology) and the Geneva School (Haute école) of Music. Led by a team of specialists working in close collaboration with the professional sector, the programme also boasts an extensive network of international contacts. Ethnomusicology is the study of music and the practices related to it, in the Western world and beyond. In addition, ethnomusicology focuses on the transmission of music, with particular emphasis on its social and cultural aspects and the rituals associated with it. The programme trains students in methodological approaches in ethnomusicology and includes a segment on reflective musical practice, as well as an internship/work placement or a thesis. [+]

Top Master's Degrees in Arts in Switzerland. Master in Ethnomusicology The Master in ethnomusicology is offered jointly by the University of Geneva (Musicology Unit), the University of Neuchâtel (Institute of Ethnology) and the Geneva School (Haute école) of Music. Led by a team of specialists working in close collaboration with the professional sector, the programme also boasts an extensive network of international contacts. Ethnomusicology is the study of music and the practices related to it, in the Western world and beyond. In addition, ethnomusicology focuses on the transmission of music, with particular emphasis on its social and cultural aspects and the rituals associated with it. The programme trains students in methodological approaches in ethnomusicology and includes a segment on reflective musical practice, as well as an internship/work placement or a thesis. Curriculum Theory and history of the discipline (24Credits) Methods in ethnomusicology (24Credits) Contemporary research in ethnomusicology (24Credits) Work placement/Internship (24Credits) Thesis (24Credits) Mobility The Faculty encourages mobility at the Master’s level, preferably for one semester given the length of the programme. Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The Master’s thesis cannot be substituted. www.unige.ch/exchange Opportunities Thanks to its multidisciplinary approach, the Master in Ethnomusicology prepares graduates for various career paths. Future professions are largely determined by the orientations students choose during their studies, and include teaching non-Western music, cultural mediation, conservation and promotion of audio-visual heritage, music publishing, cultural journalism, cultural heritage projects, musical creation for film and theatre, academic research, access to the programmes of non-Western music conservatories, etc. Admission Criteria Bachelor degree from a Swiss university or equivalent degree. Admission based on application file. Applications Deadline: 30 April 2017 (28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations) www.unige.ch/immat admissions.unige.ch [-]

Master in Liberal Studies

European College for Liberal Studies
Campus Full time Part time 9 - 12  September 2017 Switzerland Zurich + 1 more

MLS - Master in Liberal Studies (60 credits) [+]

Our graduate programs, each with different program requirements, are based on and are fully compatible with the established European and American educational systems. The European guidelines for higher education are outlined in the Bologna agreements. Once a minimum number of credits has been earned, a request for graduation can be submitted. Not all programs are offered at all campuses. Refer to the program schedule for further details. Courses Graduate courses are divided into core courses and specialization courses. Electives can be chosen from any of the scheduled courses offered at the graduate level. Specialization courses are scheduled based on enrollments and may not be available at all campuses. Specialization courses scheduled are available to all students also as electives. Refer to the program schedule for further details. Refer to the course overview for the list of available courses. Students are recommended to complete courses and earn credits at the highest level possible. Program requirements Total 60 credits Electives 52 credits / 26 courses Thesis 8 credits Switching to another program once the studies have started is possible as long as the program requirements are met by the end of the studies. Therefore, the decision to switch should be made as early as possible to avoid not meeting the program requirements within the intended program duration. Admission requirements proficiency in the English language Bachelor degree (or equivalent) No distinction is made between academic or professional Bachelor degrees. Degrees with 180 European credits or 120 American semester credits are considered equivalent. Students who do not hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent should apply for a Bachelor degree program, or for the Undergraduate Diploma top-up program. CAREER PERSPECTIVES Our study programs and courses are career-oriented in nature and provide students with a high level of flexibility throughout their graduate studies. Focusing on a broad range of specialized subject matters, students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in today’s global economy, and are prepared for a wide variety of professional development and career opportunities. Graduate programs are an excellent choice for recent college and university graduates who would like to see their employability in today's job market increase by engaging in rigorous and academically challenging graduate studies to obtain a relevant academic qualification in the field of liberal arts. Upon graduation, students mainly start or advance their careers with mid to upper-level positions in national and multinational companies and organizations in various economic sectors. Students can also choose to continue their studies without interruption in almost any of our other graduate and postgraduate programs to further enhance their career prospects. [-]

Master in Political Arts (SPEAP)

Sciences Po
Campus Full time

The Experimental Programme in Political Arts (SPEAP) is a one-year Master's programme at the School of Public Affairs for mid-career professionals with at least 4 years of professional experience. [+]

Top Master's Degrees in Arts in Switzerland. Experimental Programme in Political Arts (SPEAP) What is SPEAP? The Experimental Programme in Political Arts (SPEAP) is a one-year Master's programme at the School of Public Affairs for mid-career professionals with at least 4 years of professional experience. This full-time programme brings together architects, designers, academics, public servants, managers, researchers, administrators, activists and curators who wish to enhance their skills, develop inventive tools and give a new momentum to their career. This multidisciplinary programme is driven by key notions of experimentation, inquiry and innovation that explore the points of articulation and connection between scientific, artistic, and political fields. Young professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds will confront concrete societal and political issues through a range of classes and pedagogical formats that combine scientific and artistic methods. The programme's conceptual framework is based on the fields of social sciences and humanities (including philosophy, sociology, history and science). The programme combines theoretical teaching with pragmatic tools and concepts, through group work and workshops that are comprised of exercises in which participants co-develop and test practical solutions to real-world issues. The Sciences Po Medialab, a leading-edge research hub, offers participants access to a variety of professionalizing tools, including controversy mapping, visual network analysis and design methods. This digital toolkit is used to explore and analyse social science methods and political arts questions, allowing participants to share their knowledge and skills, and also incorporate the use of films, performances, and digital media. Students will also benefit from the core curriculum of the School of Public Affairs. According to their professional trajectory and objectives, students can choose to develop skills in project management within the scope of public policy and the various policy streams offered within the School. Graduates can therefore take the programme as an opportunity to consider new career options as managers in cultural bodies and other major public domains. Programme one core course, 4 h per week: « Performances and Political Arts » (Bruno Latour, Jean-Michel Frodon and Frédérique Aït-Touati) one workshop, 4 h per week (practical exercises, commissions) one common core curriculum course three elective courses to choose among the courses of the School of Public Affairs, according to the professional objectives of the student three intensive weeks to develop practical skills and methods Admissions Twenty students are selected each year, upon examination of the application materials (presentation of work related to the admission theme) and secondly upon an oral interview. Application materials a CV a motivation letter two academic or professional references an indication of language proficiency: English and French excerpts of applicant's work. All supports are accepted but must remain synthetic: 20 pages maximum for images and text, 10 minutes maximum for sound or video. one proposal on the theme. The work submitted by the applicant may be artistic or scientific formats. All forms will be accepted but must remain synthetic: 20 pages maximum for images and text, 10 minutes maximum for sound or video. The theme for 2017 will be announced in Januray. The theme for 2016 was: "The State is always to be reinvented", John Dewey. The calendar will be updated by the end of 2016. postal address: SPEAP - Ecole d'Affaires Publiques de Sciences Po, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75337 Paris cedex 07 – France Selection criteria The main selection criteria are as follows: recognized excellence in the candidate's domain quality, originality motivation and professional project ability to adapt and evolve in an international, multicultural environment flexibility, openness and curiosity sensitivity to creation and the sciences in the broadest sense taste for experimentation and collective work knowledge of English is required knowledge of French is required Tuition and Financial Aid Tuition for the entire programme is set at 13 800€. Sciences Po awards scholarships to a select number of students, in the form of tuition reduction. These tuition reductions range from 10% to over 50%. Calendar SPEAP is a full-time one-year programme. It starts late August, and ends in May. Admission schedule The calendar will be updated by the end of 2016. Admissions will open in early 2017. [-]

International Master of Design

Academy of Art and Design FHNW, Visual Communication Institute
Campus Full time September 2017 Switzerland Basel

The MDes UIC/HGK addresses students who want to be part of an international program influenced by the tradition of <strong>Swiss Graphic Design</strong> and the current academic perspective and standards of the Visual Communication Institute, The Basel School of Design HGK FHNW. Of special interest for students is the opportunity to graduate with an internationally accredited Master of Design (MDes) from UIC and the Swiss equivalent, MAS in Graphic Design I– Iconicism and Graphic Design II– Mediality from the HGK. [+]

The Visual Communication Institute HGK FHNW, in Basel offers internationally accredited curricula on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level reflecting the rich tradition of the Basel School of Design in particular and Swiss Graphic Design in general. The City of Basel, located in the trinational Rhine river valley, is a unique cultural environment with easy access to France and Germany. While our Bachelor course focuses on the students’ ability to conduct a creative process, our Master programs strive to extend the students’ individual design vocabulary and to reach a higher level of reflection through the students’ ability to include knowledge and methodologies of scientific disciplines into the creative process. We offer a Master of Arts in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and an International Master of Design, which we conduct in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Both Master programs are based on the following assessment: In the context of the digital flood of images, expanded qualifications are required. A design practice based purely on craftsmanship or technical skills no longer meets the demands of visual communication, nor does a reflection on visual messages entirely derived from theory. Connecting design practice with iconic- and media theory, generates new qualifications in the conception and design of visual messages for the context of a current, digitalized, iconic communication. International Master of Design UIC/HGK Basel The MDes UIC/HGK addresses students who want to be part of an international program influenced by the tradition of Swiss Graphic Design and the current academic perspective and standards of the Visual Communication Institute, The Basel School of Design HGK FHNW. Of special interest for students is the opportunity to graduate with an internationally accredited Master of Design (MDes) from UIC and the Swiss equivalent, MAS in Graphic Design I– Iconicism and Graphic Design II– Mediality from the HGK. Students are matriculated and registered at UIC with classes being held at the FHNW/HGK Visual Communication Institute in Basel. Graphic Design, Visual Communication and Media Design, give visual form to messages that become a part of our everyday lives. Although these disciplines contribute to the much discussed "image flood" in today’s societies, we find implicit knowledge about the meaning of images, the process of creating them and their media references of extreme importance. It is on this central theme that the MDes is focused. Therefore, the goal of the program is the deepening of process-oriented design skills through project oriented design work with enhanced analytical competence in image theory and the media sciences. Key Issues The international partnership between UIC and the HGK Basel generates a variety of opportunities for the participants of the program, such as international internships, studying in a foreign cultural environment, and an international group of students and professors. The unique methodology of The Basel School of Design, its tradition and its focus make the MDes program an extraordinary opportunity to achieve a high level of practical and theoretical design competence. The MDes program is involved in the current discussions of the internationally oriented design practice and its issues of design research. In combination with the strong practical background of The Basel School of Design, graduate students are given the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of discourse concerning image theory and design-oriented research. This can be found through our close collaboration with the Swiss Design Network (SDN) and eikones, The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Iconic Criticism – The Power and Meaning of Images" Duration of Study
/Costs 4 semesters/120 ECTS
/60 US Credit Points. The master’s thesis is integrated into the fourth semester.
 Language of instruction: English Tuition MDes: USD $12’500.– per semester Accredited by the British Skill Funding Agency (PCDL listed institution). Application Dead Line The Master’s Program in Visual Communication and Iconic Research and the International Master in Design begin in September 2017. The application deadline for our MDes is March 31, 2017. Submitting applications in advance of this deadline is encouraged. [-]