The Master Visual Arts programme consists of two major components: Artistic Studio Practice and the Master Seminar Series Art Sense(s)Lab. Artistic Studio Practice is offered in a dynamic and inspiring environment where thinking and creating are perfectly synchronised.


tudents will be given the opportunity to improve and explore their work through intensive experimental artistic research. Master students are free to work around one or more senses. Depending on their interest they can focus on smell, taste or touch. But also crossovers between these senses or in combination with seeing and/or hearing are possible. There can also be cross-overs or combinations in the way of expressing, translating the use of senses with various art forms like painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass works, printmaking, performances, timebased art, new media and video-installations.

The internationally well-known olfactory artist and tutor of the English Master Visual Arts 'Art Sense(s) Lab' is Peter de Cupere. He works with a team of professional artists and academics to support the students in their development. The Master Visual Arts Seminar Series Art Sense(s) Lab lays the foundations for an individual theoretical and artistic research practice through analysing theoretical texts, visiting exhibitions and attending lectures. Short intensive practical experiments are conducted around the senses and their creative potential. Students are continually encouraged and challenged to reflect on their work by shifting between being ‘in’ and being ‘out’ of their own work. They are expected to create both a mature body of work, presented in the master exhibition, and a written document in which they report and reflect on their own artistic practice. By adopting an inquisitive attitude, the students position themselves in relation to other artists and disciplines and create the context within which they work.

During the first semester, master students are expected to do a 7-week work experience. This can take place in an artist’s studio or institution such as a museum, non-profit organisation or gallery, or in the research group MANUFrACTURE (MAD-research).
Teaching olfactory artist and tutor Peter de Cupere ( is member of MAD-research. He is undertaking a PhD on the use of scents in art. His research project ‘When Scent Makes Seeing, When Seeing Makes Scents’ questions how scent can be context or give context to an artwork.





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Art Sense(s) Lab is part of the Fine Arts department University College PXL-MAD Hasselt in Belgium