SOMA offers a two-year program imparted in Spanish, targeted to contemporary artists and cultural producers interested in developing their practices. This pedagogical model is designed to stimulate exchange among young artists and professionals in the artistic field through courses, workshops, one-on-one interviews, lectures, and studio visits. The faculty at SOMA is mainly composed of artists, but also includes theorists and curators with extensive experience in the national and international art scenes.
SOMA’s task is to build a platform to collectively investigate what art can become and how it can work in different contexts. The pedagogical program seeks to create a space for a horizontal and collective interaction and for critical thinking, taking into account the many different creative communities of Mexico City.
SOMA Program is not designed to promote artists’ careers. SOMA is a space where students have the possibility of critically reconsider their work and where the analysis of creative processes is stimulated. The program’s emphasis is to support the development of both artistic praxis and artistic discourse.
SOMA facilities do not offer workshops or studio spaces for art production.
While many of our instructors have master’s degrees, our studies are not accredited by SEP (Mexican Minister of Education). SOMA is not accredited because filing accreditation would remove the dynamism inherent in the SOMA philosophy.
1- Provide an environment for discussion and dynamic and collaborative exchange, where students can better understand their own projects, confronting them with those of others.
2 - Constantly redefine what art can become and what it can do.
3 - Investigate the possibilities and relevance of art to learn, build and transform contexts.
4- Generate a pedagogical platform where students help decide content and research processes.
5- Expand the students’ awareness of the political and social environment of their practice.
6- Encourage dialogue, collaboration and even confrontation between artists and cultural producers from different generations.
7- Open interdisciplinary communication channels between different art forms, promoting exchange among artists, writers, musicians, architects, curators, critics, filmmakers, scientists, and theorists.
8- Promote and complement students’ projects, whether artworks, exhibition spaces, research, and projects.
Each class comprises a group of twelve students. Every year, two classes share the space and courses, for a total of twenty-four students. Each course generally consists of a maximum of twelve students.
SOMA Program operates at the graduate level. It is not imperative that applicants already possess a BFA prior to their application, but a solid body of work is required. SOMA brings together artists who are invested in their practice, who have developed a discipline, and who have a portfolio to back it up.
The faculty team is divided in two groups:
1- Main advisors: This group of six advisors follows students’ development during the two-year program. Each student will meet an assigned advisor six times per year. Advisors are assigned according to each student’s profile.
2- Advisors: This group of teachers is closely affiliated with SOMA and offers individual critiques or courses yearly.
SOMA also invites artists, theoreticians and curators around the year to propose courses or different ways to interact with students. SOMA keeps an open dialogue with students, considering their interest and goals as they pertain to inviting relevant guests.
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Each quarter at SOMA includes
- Two interviews, one-on-one, with a main advisor who will follow the development of the student’s work during the two years of the program (two sessions of two hours each)
- One Individual critiques with an advisor from the faculty team
- Four Individual Critiques with guest artists and curators (four sessions of one hour each)
- One Workshop with an artist to review work collectively (eight sessions of three hours each)
- One Thematic Course with an historian, critic, curator, or artist to develop a specific topic (six sessions of three hours each)
- One Visit to the Studio of an artist whose work responds to the group’s interests
- Miércoles de SOMA (mandatory)
- Two Project Rooms where students show their work individually once a year. From January to October, the project rooms are assigned to each student for fifteen days. At the end of these two weeks, all the faculty and students are invited to review the work shown.
Each semester SOMA offers two electives courses opened to all the students of the program. These may cover different topics and are also open to the general public (six sessions of three hours each)
Every student accepted to the SOMA Program receives a scholarship of 90% of its real cost, which is 320,000 MXN.
The total tuition, including the 90% scholarship for two years is 33,000 MXN
Tuition is covered in six payments of 5,500 MXN each.
Payment months are January, April and September of each year.
Our patrons and sponsors finance these scholarships. SOMA is a not-for-profit organization. The money gained from tuition covers part of its operating expenses. These include space rental fees, salaries of instructors, tutors and guest artists, space maintenance, and SOMA staff salaries.
Our two year program is divided into six trimesters.
1st Trimester: January 11th - March 18th
Spring Break: March 21st - April 1st
2nd Trimester: April 4th - June 10th
Summer Vacation: June 13th - September 9th
3rd Trimester: September 12th - November 18th
*Three students will be granted an opportunity to take part in SOMA Summer, in exchange for their support in organizing the course.
SOMA Summer 2016 will take place from the 4th of July to August 27th.
**Calendar might be subject to changes
All courses in SOMA's Academic Program take place Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Interested participants must make a commitment to dedicate this time to their studies. In order to keep their scholarship, students are required to attend 80% of obligatory courses: Thematic courses, workshops, group revisions, individual interviews and Wednesdays at SOMA.