Master of Fine Arts in Critical and Pedagogical Studies

Lund University

Program Description

Master of Fine Arts in Critical and Pedagogical Studies

Lund University


Programme overview

Critical and Pedagogical Studies is an international postgraduate study programme leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree, working across borders between art theory, practice and pedagogy. It brings together postgraduate students with a BFA as well as many students who have previously completed a studio based MFA. The programme seeks to encourage applied thinking within the artistic field, investigating how we might both produce and discuss art, as well as how pedagogical strategies can be seen as artistic models in art practice and as teaching.

This is a pioneering programme that seeks to examine the ways in which critical theory and pedagogy inform artistic practice. Theory will be viewed as a practice, and practice will be theorised. Key issues and topics of discussion are pedagogical strategies such as artists teaching artists and the artist’s role in mediating to a public, combined with critical thinking on artistic production, with an openness to learn and experiment. The curriculum is in constant development and is well suited for artists working from a hybrid or expanded practice. The students and programme facilitators work together to form the programme structure through group dialogue and a critical examination of the content as it suits the participants' areas of interest, while responding to relevant topics of the day. This normally takes the form of intensive seminars and workshops led by visiting lecturers, the professors at Malmö Art Academy and the facilitators of Critical & Pedagogical Studies. However past participants have proposed their own self-organised course and have positively influenced the programme structure from within. Our focus is on how artists discuss, produce, educate and communicate, as we aim to encourage students to be critical of how educational structures operate, both within the programme itself and in relation to an educational practice.

There is focus on the development of the student's own projects through group critiques and individual tutorials. In the final year of the programme students participate in a work placement where they apply theoretical knowledge to a practical teaching application within an art school, museum or relevant institution. The final work towards completion of the degree is developed to bridge theory and practice through individual exam projects and a written thesis. Malmö Art Academy provides the participants with a collective workspace, and the participants may use all premises at the Academy, including the library and workshops. The facilitators of the programme have also negotiated strong relationships with local arts organisations that are keen to collaborate with our group and to support student initiatives.

As the programme enrolls a small group of up to 9 students per year, participants receive individual attention and guidance on their projects. The programme usually entails at least one study trip. Past study trips have been to London, Gothenburg, Graz, and Scotland. Previous visiting artists, curators and critics, include: Gertrud Sandqvist, Sarat Maharaj, Jeremiah Day, Learning Site, Lisa Le Feuvre, Maria Fusco, Kristina Lee Podesva, Katrine Hjelde, Jeuno JE Kim, Ann-Mari Edström, Nicola White, Andrea Ray, Apolonija Šušteršic, Marion von Osten, Maj Hasager, Marc Herbst/Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Frans Jacobi, Joachim Koester, Matts Leiderstam, Jürgen Bock, What, How & For Whom/ WHW, Magnus Bärtås.


Read more about this programme on www.khm.lu.se. For general information about studies at Lund University, please visit lunduniversity.lu.se.


Why Lund University?

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked 60th in the QS World University Ranking 2014, the University is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, creative and democratic countries.

If you want a truly global classroom experience where you can start your international network, Lund University is a great option to consider. Experience a different way of learning in a country ranked as the second best in the world at providing higher education. Group work and informal teacher-student relationships facilitate an in-depth level of learning.

The University is located in Lund - a charming and compact university city in southern Sweden, only 35 minutes from Copenhagen. The city is famous for its vibrant student life and is home to many world-leading research facilities and international companies.

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Last updated May 26, 2016
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