CAS Arts and International Cooperation

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

Arts and International Cooperation - Collaborating in Fragile Contexts and Processes of Peace Building

How can art contribute to social transformation? What expert knowledge do organisors and artists need for artistic collaboration in fragile contexts and conflict regions?

Based on these questions, artasfoundation developed together with the Zurich University of the Arts the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Arts and International Cooperation. The courses of this CAS are thought be experienced practicioners and researchers. Some of these experts attended at our conference in May 2015 as well.

The CAS is extra occupational, consists of four modules and its next edition will start in January 2019. The training is designed for members of internationally cooperating organizations working in fragile contexts, who wish to professionalize their approach to artistic projects, for experienced artists (visual arts, performing arts), and for curators who wish to further develop their understanding of strategies and theories of international collaboration. We also invite artists, curators, or organizers living in fragile contexts or situations of social transformation who wish to involve international partners in their projects.

The training focuses on practices and theories from the fields of contemporary art, international cooperation, humanitarian work and peace building. And it would not be an artasfoundation training, if there were not artists to co-teach the courses and launch experimental approaches to the subject.

Announcement on the website of the Zurich University of the Arts:



The participants of the second class of this course


The course startet with the first modul on the 25th January 2019 and the study trip to Lebanon took place in May 2019.

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The participants of the first class of this course:

Büsch-Küng Simone (Bern)

Cohen Avital (Muri)

Florenkowsky Emilie (Berlin)

Gujer Vera (Winterthur)

Hlaing Hnin Ei (Rangoon)

Jaques Olivia (Linz/Zürich)

Matesic Philip (Zürich)

Matveichuk Mariana (Kiev)

Mlke-Galstyan Shoghakat (Jerewan)

Mühlethaler Efa (Bern)

Qureshi Abdullah (Lahore)

Saemann Andrea (Basel)

Sanjek Iva (Zürich)

Schwald Marcel (Basel)

von Schulthess Caroline (Rifferswil)

Yakovenko Illia (Kiev)

Züst Mara (Zürich)


We congratulate all our successful graduates! You were a wonderful group!


Docents in the class of 2017:

Batliner Rudolf (Zürich/Vaduz)

Bleuler Marcel (Zürich) - director of studies

Butba Asida (Suchum/i)

Eisenring Tobias (Frick/Basel)

Fässler Rebekka (Zürich)

Gattiker Regula (Zürich)

Janashia Tamara (Tiflis)

Kouyate Dani (Stockholm/Ouagadougou)

LeBaron Michelle (Vancouver)

Leo Maja (Hamburg/Zürich)

Pertenava Lali (Tiflis)

Reichert Dagmar (Zürich)

Tsereteli Wato (Tiflis)

Yvone Celine (Genf)

Zeuner Géraldine (Bern)

Zurich University of the Artas, Center of Further Education


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