About the Programme
This international MFA in Fine Art programme teaches you to take an investigative and critical approach towards what you, as artists, understand to be at stake in the world. Over two years you learn to produce art works that are strongly informed by critical approaches to art’s relations to publicness.
You will work in a year-group of around 15 students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Artists, educators, thinkers and guests with national and international profiles teach and contribute to a vibrant creative and intellectual community. We foster local, national and international partnerships to provide new opportunities for your development.
Teaching primarily occurs through a series of week-long intensives each term. Self-generated processes and additional activities take place between intensives.
Full-time. Two-years. Four terms: 30 credits each. Language: English.
The MFA in Fine Art Programme is structured via practical and theoretical work to support you to establish, describe and critically reflect on complex relations between artistic practices and society. At the final point of examination you should be able to describe an advanced understanding of the different fields of fine art, situate the context for your own artistic practice and discuss the possibilities for its future.
Year 1: Introduction to inquiry-based approaches. You begin to identify a subject for artistic investigation and develop appropriate methods. Teaching focuses on: practice motivated investigations; discussions of publicness and artist’s roles in society; analysis of artistic production and forms of making art public.
Year 2: Deepen your investigations into art production, publicness and the role of the artist. Through practice, consolidate the methods being used and their contextualisation. Deliver an essay and an artistic project that sets a foundation and direction for your future practice.
Knowledge, skills and judgement are developed via lectures, seminars, tutoring, workshops, self-generated and public projects. You will navigate perspectives that challenge your own. Within a group of peers you will figure out the foundations of your future practices.
Fine Art is one of four units at Valand Academy, which also includes Photography, Film and Literary composition. We work together in a dynamic interdisciplinary artistic environment, where we develop our subjects, contribute to innovative working models and open up new artistic research fields. As a student, you will have the opportunity to participate in elective courses in other subjects at the institution.
Exams: Exams are oral, written and learning-focused. We assess your production; choice of methods; the context you claim for your work; and your arguments for decisions you have made. We give feedback and respond to yours.
Your studies are supported by: shared learning spaces, technical support, equipment and production workshops. Valand Academy has a significant public events programme. You are encouraged to access knowledge from across the University of Gothenburg.
Continued studies and futures
Our alumni include artists who exhibit in galleries, museums and biennials and produce forms of public and socially-engaged art. Others have established alternative platforms to those at play in the dominant ‘art world’. We have also educated people who are activists, curators, researchers, writers, educators, commercial gallerists, DJs and tattooists.
This programme is preparatory for study at Ph.D. level.
Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art, 120 hec.
Requirements and Selection
REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts of 180 ECTS credits or evidence of equivalent. Equivalent knowledge can be skills developed through artistic or other practices and experience of the profession. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level.
SELECTION: An admission jury will assess applicants’ artistic abilities on the basis of their submitted portfolios. Some applicants may be expected to be called to an interview. Information on portfolio and admission can be found at www.akademinvaland.gu.se/english/education/programmes/K2FRI/admission.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 544 564 SEK
First payment: 136 141 SEK
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