The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a two-year degree program (120 ECTS) aiming to offer students the knowledge required to become an independent artist. The aim is also to enable students to be active contributors within contemporary art and related areas of society. The program aims to prepare fine-art professionals for a national- and international-level practice.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) training is a two-year programme leading to a concluding, single-subject degree, which aims to provide the student with sufficient knowledge to get established as an independent artist. A further objective is to enable the student to become an active contributor to the field of contemporary art and related areas of society. The programme seeks to prepare fine-art professionals for a career on both the national and the international levels.
The programme combines independent practice, theory and seminars, group critique, writing and exhibition practice. In addition, students receive regular studio supervision from faculty staff and visiting tutors. The goal of the programme is to strengthen students’ practical abilities to execute projects while deepening their theoretical understanding.
Students can choose from a range of specialisations including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, sound, video and text. Technical classes are provided for each discipline. The Oslo National Academy of the Arts has extensive, professional-standard workshops for prototype production, CNC scanning, ceramics, graphics, metalwork, textiles, photography, video and digital media. The school also has a well-stocked professional library with a wide selection of media. All facilities are at the disposal of students at the Academy of Fine Art.
The Master’s programme emphasises interdisciplinary, non-medium-specific art practice. We encourage students to participate actively in collaborations with other institutions and art circles. Students are expected to adopt an international perspective and to work on building networks during their studies. Textual understanding and writing skills are an important aspect of the education, with significant emphasis placed on the Master’s thesis in the final semester. The thesis should demonstrate the student’s ability to apply theory and methodology in written form as a way to contextualise his or her artistic practice.
There are five strands to the Master’s programme:
- independent work, with a focus on studio work and individual supervision
- group critique, in which the student’s work is discussed collectively
- practical and theoretical seminars/workshops, including courses and study trips addressing various themes
- writing practice, including art-related writing and publication
- exhibition practice in the school’s galleries and external showrooms
Master’s programme in Fine Art (MFA)
Application deadline for entry in August 2019 is 1 February.
Applicants to the Master’s programme are required to hold a three-year degree in fine arts (Bachelor’s degree of 180 credits or equivalent). The first degree must have included in-Depth studies in the subject, course or course Group amounting to at least 80 credits within the subject area of the Master’s programme.
Priority is given to the following criteria:
- independent practice and artistic research
- suitability for the programme
- relevant previous experience
All applicants must be proficient in English.
Some of the jury members are English speaking, and the motivation letter and work descriptions must be written in English. The interviews will also take place in English.
How to apply
Remember the application deadline: 1 February (23:59 CET)
Read through the application procedure, download the application attachment and apply on the online application portal SøknadsWeb.
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