Master Degree in Reykjavik Iceland

Top Masters Programs in Reykjavik Iceland 2016/2017

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Many students choose the charming city of Reykjavik, Iceland for their graduate study. Reykjavik is a city of warm and cozy cafes, excellent cuisine, plenty of galleries and museums, and geothermal pools. Outside of Reykjavik, there are countless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Students that choose a Master in Reykjavik will enjoy this dynamic city and all that it has to offer.

Master in Reykjavik programs are top-notch and regarded highly based on international standards. With high tech facilities and expert faculty, students that choose a Master in Reykjavik earn a degree that will help them to become professionals in their field. Some of the programs that students can choose from for a Master in Reykjavik are in the disciplines of engineering, law, energy, public health, finance, computer science, mathematics, and business, among many others. Students can also benefit from flexible scheduling to include full-time and part-time studies.

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MA Composition

Iceland Academy of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Iceland Reykjavik

This is a two-year study programme of 120 ECTS. The MA-programme in music composition provides the student the means to establish and develop his/her area of speciality as a composer. [+]

Masters 2016/2017 in Reykjavik Iceland. This is a two-year study programme of 120 ECTS. The MA-programme in music composition provides the student the means to establish and develop his/her area of speciality as a composer. The student can choose from different modules regarding musical theory, electro-acoustics, instrumentation and composition to support his/her field. In addition, with the aim of developing the students professional skills, the student can choose from programmes in entrepreneurship, project management or artistic reflective research. Practical information 120 ECTS two-year full-time study Interviews with applicants take place in May. Admissions will be announced in May The autumn semester begins August 25 Maximum number of students for MA Composition is 4 students per year Teaching is in English Tuition for the school-year 2016-17 is ISK 796.000 per academic year. Please send following documentation by post along with electronic application: successfully submitted electronic form signed print-out of the electronic form and motivation letter CV certified copy of degree certificates and school transcripts Portfolio of works Please visit our webpage for further information about the program: www.lhi.is/en [-]

MA Fine Art

Iceland Academy of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Iceland Reykjavik

The Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a platform for students to deepen their knowledge and increase their skills in the field of fine arts, strengthen their personal vision and relate their artistic practice to the discipline’s theoretical criteria. [+]

Profile and objectives of the study programme The Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a platform for students to deepen their knowledge and increase their skills in the field of fine arts, strengthen their personal vision and relate their artistic practice to the discipline’s theoretical criteria. The course makes great demands for independent working methods. There is an emphasis on the art practice and research involving a systematic building up of knowledge, that the students develop good command of both academic and practical parameters of fine art in preparation for work as independent artists in the contemporary art field. One of the unique features of the Iceland Academy of the Arts Master Programme is the students’ proximity to other disciplines in the arts at the Academy. Collaboration is offered in the field of fine arts, music, design and theatre through students´ independent work and development of their works. Master level programmes entail participation in the professional field of the arts. The Department of Fine Arts collaborates with all the main art institutions in this country, in addition to various collaborations with domestic and foreign academies, artists and curators and theorists in the international field of fine arts. Students are thereby exposed to countless opportunities for specialisation in connection with various areas of specific interests as well as projects related to nature and the country’s local characteristics. The main emphasis of the course is the promotion of the student’s independent and progressive visual creativity. Art practice and research is paramount and the course aims to enhance students’ competence in the methods of the discipline, train them to discuss their own work and to become active participants in the international field of fine arts. ADMISSION Applicants must have a Baccalaureate in Fine Arts or related disciplines within art and theory. Emphasis is placed on applicants possessing knowledge and competencies for independent art practice with initiative and ability to follow their ideas through. Study proposal In his study proposal, the applicant must submit a description of his artistic intention and personal aims within the Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. The proposal can be one to two pages long. The following needs to be addressed in the study proposal: Why the applicant is applying for the Master Programme in Fine Arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and what expectations he has in relation to the Master Programme. Methods and mediums which the applicant intends to use in his studies. Analysis of the context of his work; with regard to resources, issues and themes. What subject the applicant intends to explore in his studies. Porfolio Portfolio of the applicant´s artistic practice as a comprehensive overview of his own work. The portfolio should be A4 or A3 size. It should contain documentation of up to 20 of the applicant´s works; clear photographs, computer prints or other copies of works. It is important to specify if the project is a collaborative one. The works may not be older than five years. Accompanying each work must be a description with: title, size, material and year. Video works must be described with stills and short description of their content, in addition it is possible to submit as supplementary documentation video and/or sound works on DVD. The total running time of such work should not exceed ten minutes. If the work in question is longer then a part of the work should be submitted along with information on total running time. Information on background, previous studies, previous work and anything else related to the artistic background of the applicant. Written references of three individuals who know the applicant´s artistic work. A specially appointed admission committee assesses the applications on the basis of submitted material and interviews. Language requirements The Master Programme in Fine Arts is an international programme. English is the main language of instruction but tutoring may be in Icelandic or English. Students must be able to express themselves in spoken and written English. It may be required that the applicant pass a TOEFL test. Please send following documentation by post along with electronic application: Successfully submitted electronic form Signed print-out of the electronic form and motivation letter CV Recommendations Certified copy of degree certificates and school transcripts Portfolio of works Practical information 120 ECTS two-year full-time study Interviews with applicants take place in May Admissions will be announced end of May Programme begins August 25 Maximum number of students for MA Fine Arts is 8 students per year Teaching is in English Application fee ISK 5000 Fees are ISK 796.000 per academic year. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE The Master Programme in Fine Arts is a full-time two-year course, 120 ECTS. The structure of the course is divided into independent artistic practice, seminars, theoretical courses and a final project. The students must complete 30 ECTS each term. Teaching The main component of the course is the studio practice, resulting in a Master´s project. To this end, the student is supported by a main tutor that follows him throughout the course of study. Additional consultation and guidance is available from other tutors in the Department, specialists in workshops and guest artists and academics that come to teach at the Department of Fine Arts every year. Students furthermore have the choice of participation in international and domestic collaborative art projects and independent research projects. The theory part of the course is divided into seminars, theoretical courses, independent research projects and a thesis, which forms part of the final project for the Master Degree. In the Department of Fine Arts seminars, there is an emphasis on the integration of applied and theoretical work in the students‘ art practice. In addition to lectures on art theory, cultural studies, history of ideas and philosophy of art, to name a few, seminars are intended to increase students´ knowledge and competencies in using critical thinking in their artistic processes, in discussions and in presentation and critical analysis of their own work. Students also participate in communal Master Programme seminars at the Iceland Academy of the Arts where students from different artistic disciplines are encouraged to work together on communal projects. This is an open platform of lectures and discussions which revolves around, on the one hand, practical working methods, e.g. basic methods of artistic research, academic writing, dissemination and teaching and on the other hand, history of ideas in the arts and introduction to different views, ideas and methods of different art forms. Outside core mandatory courses, the student organises his own selection of academic courses linked to his area of interest and his independent work. Courses and seminars at Master level at other Departments at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and in art theory at the University of Iceland may be selected, in addition to courses at Baccalaureate level, on the grounds that they enhance the student‘s specialisation. Students can enter an exchange programme or project periods abroad for one semester and it is desirable that this take place during the second term of the course. The student has the opportunity to work on an independent research project in the field of fine arts studies in relation to his own area of interest and artistic pracice in order to deepen and widen his knowledge of a certain specialised area. The project is defined in consultation with the Master Programme Course Director and Head of Theory in the Department of Fine Arts. The student works on the research project under the guidance of a tutor. The progression of the student´s work each term forms the basis of the end of term assessment. Group presentation and reviewing of the student´s work takes place with tutors, guest artists and other specialists. The student then submits to his tutor a text and an updated portfolio that documents and reflects on the development of his work during the semester. Assessment is based on submitted projects and student´s active participation in seminars and courses. Final project The development of the student´s art practice and independent artistic research is crystallised in the final project of the Master Programme. Main emphasis is on the development of the student´s artistic practice but he must also submit a final thesis as a reflective supplement to the work. Furthermore, the student presents his final project at a Degree exhibition for the Master Programme. This can be in the form of an exhibition or other engagement with an audience at a public event. In the thesis, the student must analyse his artistic thought and work, demonstrate good understanding and knowledge of context, history and cultural references within contemporary art. The project is assessed by a panel with an external examiner and the assessment is based on the integration of artistic presentation and theoretical contextualisation. Context The Department of Fine Arts Open lectures Every year, a number of artists and academics give lectures and presentations on their work and ideas in open lunchtime lectures at the Department of Fine Arts. The lectures, under the headings the Studio, the Backroom and the Extension, are intended to introduce and encourage discussion about various matters of opinion from the world of art and contemporary culture as well as the connections between different disciplines and professions. The lectures are an important part of the Academy´s public relations as well as being an open platform for a connection between students and the world of ideas and experience of artists and academics. Hugarflug (Mind Flight) Hugarflug is a new lecture series at the Academy of the Arts intended to create a platform for critical discussion about research in the academic field of the arts. Emphasis is placed on the variety that exists in approach, dissemination and treatment. Practical value and professional environment A Master Degree in Fine Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts prepares students for work as independent visual artists at international level, to participate in exhibitions and discussions and attend art residencies and apply for grants. The course can be useful in various related professions, e.g. in art institutions, in teaching and in the media. In addition, it may be assumed that the creative and critical thinking with interdisciplinary connections taught in the Department of Fine Arts´ Master Programme can be of use in progressive projects and innovation in all areas of social and cultural life in Iceland. PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 1st Semester Artistic Practice (studio + seminar + theory) DEALING, 2 ECTS mandatory Studio work, 14 ECTS mandatory Fine Arts seminars, 4 ECTS mandatory Interdisciplinary Master’s seminars Interdisciplinary Master’s Seminar I: Artistic research and academic working methods, 4 ECTS mandatory MA theory Contemporary Art Theory, 4 ECTS mandatory BA theory Influence of cinema in contemporary art, 2 ECTS elective Colours, perception and interpretation, 2 ECTS elective Aesthetics in contemporary philosophy, 2 ECTS elective Total ECTS 28 ECTS mandatory 2 ECTS elective 2nd Semester Artistic Practice (studio + seminar + theory) Studio work, 18 ECTS mandatory Fine Arts seminars, 4 ECTS elective: Independent research project International / domestic collaborative projects Exchange studies Interdisciplinary Master’s seminars Interdisciplinary Master’s Seminar II: Artistic research and dissemination, 2 ECTS mandatory MA theory Perception and artistic creation, 4 ECTS elective BA theory Photography in contemporary art, 2 ECTS elective Landscape and nature in visual art, 2 ECTS elective Total ECTS 24 ECTS mandatory 6 ECTS elective [-]

MA Design

Iceland Academy of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Iceland Reykjavik

We now use the term “design” about thinking that reaches far beyond the traditional area of design, as design revolves first and foremost around shaping the space inside the human mind and spotting new possibilities. [+]

Masters 2016/2017 in Reykjavik Iceland. Thinking Shapes the World We now use the term “design” about thinking that reaches far beyond the traditional area of design, as design revolves first and foremost around shaping the space inside the human mind and spotting new possibilities. Design is research, transformative force and political action. Nothing is irrelevant to it, be it education, politics, business or society as a whole. The idea of designing things to sell in shops is now rather outdated, as the stated aims of design have become to lead thinking, to change attitudes and to have a positive influence on how people live. The demand is made of contemporary designers that they are aware of their responsibility and power in a world that has reached the utmost limits of materialism. Designers are important advocates of sustainability and responsible conduct, in built areas or in nature. They should be able to make out patterns as they appear in society, rearrange these and utilise for good work. Main focus A systematic understanding of the relationship between design and the environment. Students should know about the conceptual premises of design and be able to take a responsible stance towards the environment and society. Deeper knowledge and increased skill to engage with complex design projects. The gaze is directed towards urgent contemporary issues. A change for good in society by using the methodology of design to increase the quality of life and efficiency - and to create value. Encouraging students to constantly seek new solutions and to cultivate their originality, imagination and critical thinking. The integration of ingenuity and aesthetics, technology, science and ethics for the creation of material and subjective value. Discourse on design is enhanced by deepening knowledge of the field and placing the methods of designers in a wider context. Practical information 120 ECTS two-year full-time study Interviews with applicants take place in May Admissions will be announced in May Programme begins August 25 Maximum number of students for MA Design is 12 students per year Teaching is in English Tuition was ISK 796.000 for the academic school year 2016-17. It is open for applications for the academic school year 2016-2017 from January 20th- May 13th 2016. PROFILE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME The Masters Programme in Design creates a platform to deepen knowledge and enhance competence to undertake complex design projects concerning urgent issues of our times. The programme emphasises the integration of ingenuity and aesthetics, technology, science and ethics for the creation of tangible and intangible values.Emphasis is placed on tackling unusual circumstances in light of the smallness of a society in a vast country of magnificent nature, with the aim of moulding solutions that may be of use to a bigger whole. The biggest challenge of contemporary design is sustainable development.Design always entails collaboration and consultation and the Masters Programme in Design creates an opportunity for extensive collaboration across disciplines. The programme creates a platform for students to develop methodologies and processes to implement ideas where the effects of design promote increased quality of life. The programme places emphasis on: Collaboration: To develop collaborative processes and integration of design, technology and science in collaboration with the business community, universities, institutions and other groups in society. Society: To effect positive change on society by using the methodology of design to increase quality of life, efficiency and create value. Sustainability: To research and develop sustainability by using the methodology of design and thereby promote improved coexistence of humans and nature. Research: To promote increased knowledge creation and dialogue on design. Students are trained in independent and critical working methods in an interdisciplinary, research-related programme where great emphasis is placed on projecting design thinking onto real challenges in society. CONTENT AND STRUCTURE The Masters Programme in Design is a full-time two-year course, 120 ECTS, which culminates in an MA degree in Design. Students are expected to complete 30 ECTS of theoretical and applied courses each term. Applied courses are divided into the Design team, thematic group workshop and Individual project(s)s in connection with Research lab(s). Theoretical courses are divided into design-related courses, seminars and elective courses. In the Design team workshop, urgent challenges of current times are taken on and students define projects collaboratively by analysis and data gathering, work on proposal-making which effects a positive change to a current condition, develop project plans and implement proposals. The project needs to have an obvious link to society, collaboration needs to be structured, project implemented and experience of the work process and its effect disseminated. In the Design team, emphasis is placed on teamwork, where students in their first and second year work together on the overall goals of a larger thematic project and develop their own or communal project activity, in individual or systematic solutions. Individual projects are developed with regard to specialised knowledge creation of individual discipline areas within the Department with the guidance of teachers in Research labs, e.g. Research lab in Type and media, Research lab in Photographic studies, Research lab in Visual communication, and Research lab in Spatial analysis. Alongside Individual projects and Design team projects, students participate in seminars where specialised subjects of the discipline are discussed. Theories and methodologies are introduced through lectures and discussions in seminars and students’ theoretical base is enhanced to develop their own projects. Through communal departmental seminars within the Academy of the Arts, regular discussions take place between students and teachers, where special emphasis is placed on research in the arts and the integration of art creation and research. In these seminars, emphasis is placed on students from different art forms working on communal projects. In design-related theoretical courses, there is an emphasis on dissemination and to increase students’ understanding of thought, theories and methods which may throw new light on and deepen design processes. The emphasis is on interdisciplinary thought, cultural and social analysis. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on the integration of theoretical courses and creative design courses. The theoretical courses are divided into three parts: Design-related theoretical courses Academy of the Arts communal Masters students’ seminar Elective courses Through research training, theoretical courses, participation in seminars, individual projects and collaborative projects, students are trained in initiating projects and managing them, actively participating in collaboration, shouldering responsibility and sharing their competencies, ideas and knowledge in different circumstances. Teaching Teaching takes place in the studio, in lectures, in seminars, in group discussion classes and during reviews of projects under the guidance of instructors who work as professionals inside and outside the Academy. Students gain understanding and experience of the importance of team work, within the school and in larger interdisciplinary collaborative projects. Students have work facilities in a communal studio for Masters students in Design. The studio is a platform for knowledge creation, art creation, collaboration and dissemination. The studio creates an environment that promotes independent work where creative thought and critical view on the challenges of the current times is encouraged in students. Assessment Assessment is based on the student’s progress each term. In the assessment, the entire design process is reviewed; the gathering of data, research, analysis, project plan, idea development, dissemination, processing and presentation and how all parts of design are undertaken; from idea to implementation. Communal reviews and critique of students’ projects take place at the end of courses, with teachers and external specialists. The assessment looks at the quality and presentation of projects according to each projects status within the relevant timeframe. The MA project The subject of the MA project is based on the initiative of the student. There, his own interests, feelings and intuition are paramount. A student defines and structures the project’s design process (see image) in collaboration with his instructor. The project must have social context; local or international. It must be considered, demonstrate relevant technical abilities, aesthetic understanding and ethical awareness. The MA project may issue from research and design work created in students’ Individual project(s) and or Design team. At the beginning, the student makes a situation analysis of the project and explicitly states why the choice of subject is urgent. The student needs to be able to explain the social significance and context of the project and make a plan for a design process. Research and context is part of the design process. It is always directed at going beyond what the student knows and creating new knowledge. This work is directed at what it is possible to teach and what needs to be discovered. The work process is documented and made explicit along with data collection and ideological context. The aim is to awaken and mature forces that lie unused or dormant. It is important to develop daring, to find and define countercurrents to a project as well as assessing and taking risks in the progression of the project. The student shall be aware of the larger context. Conclusions (proposal / thesis) are then presented in the final exhibition which is open to the public. These shall be considered and demonstrate independent and critical AdmissionThe Masters Programme in Design offers a platform for individuals who want to work across disciplines with an open and critical mind. Such a platform is pressing in order to meet the various challenges of our times. Learning outcomes On completion of their studies, students should be able to: Understand theories, ideology, concepts and methods of design and related academic studies in an international context. Demonstrate originality in practice, use intuition and imagination in artistic creation / design Make independent decisions in the structuring, processing and implementation of projects and state their case on professional grounds. Be able to understand and undertake complex projects and develop these in a professional context. Be able to make use of their knowledge, understanding, intuition in design and professional approach in their work. Be able to take initiative on and to manage projects, take active part in collaborations, shoulder responsibility for the effects of projects and disseminate their competencies, ideas and knowledge to specialists and the general public. Be able to analyse and assess ethical challenges in artistic and academic context. TEACHING The programme emphasises the integration of inspiration, ingenuity, aesthetics, technology, science and ethics for the creation of tangible and intangible values. Students are trained in independent and critical working methods in an interdisciplinary, research-related programme where great emphasis is placed on projecting design thinking onto real challenges in society. The core of the 2 years Master course takes place in the students’ studios. Emphasis is placed on practice and research involving a systematic construction of the conceptual context of their work through individual and design team projects. The aim is to deepen knowledge and enhance competence to undertake complex projects, which direct the student‛s gaze towards the urgent issues of our times. The foundation is laid from the beginning of the course with the student’s study proposal. The students then work steadily on further implementation and development of their work in consultation with their supervisors and visiting lecturers. Theory courses are intended to increase students’ ability and knowledge in applying critical thought; emphasis is placed on tackling unusual circumstances in light of the smallness of a society in a vast country of magnificent nature, with the aim of moulding solutions that may be of use to a bigger whole. The biggest challenge of contemporary design is sustainable development. Students attend an interdisciplinary seminar that is mandatory for all MA students of the IAA. In the seminar, research and research methods are discussed with special thought given to the integration of artistic practice and research, along with academic procedures. Design always entails collaboration and consultation and the programme creates an opportunity for extensive collaboration across disciplines. The programme creates a platform for students to develop methodologies and processes to implement ideas where the effects of design promote increased quality of life. Programme emphasis: Collaboration: To develop collaborative processes and integration of design, technology and science in collaboration with the business community, universities, institutions and other groups in society. Society: To effect positive change on society by using the methodology of design to increase quality of life, efficiency and create value. Sustainable development: To research and develop sustainability by using the methodology of design and thereby promote improved coexistence of humans and nature. Research: To create synergy between theory, research and design through practice based writing and informed critical dialogue. For their MA project, students are to hold a public presentation / exhibition. Art practice takes first place but the student is also to submit a thesis. Assessment of the project is based on the integration of artistic presentation and critical analysis. [-]

MSc in GIS and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 Iceland Reykjavik

Geo-information science and earth observation for environmental modelling and management is essential for development issues all round the world. This successful programme is taught by world class faculties in five countries: Iceland, the UK, Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. [+]

*Note! This is a European joint Master's programme (previously Erasmus Mundus)

Programme overview

Geo-information science and earth observation for environmental modelling and management is essential for development issues all round the world. Spatial data, such as maps and global databases, as well as satellite imagery play a central role in the search for reliable environmental information for scenario studies and viable policies. Knowledge and skills in this field will therefore continue to be crucial for industry, government and NGOs.

The programme has a duration of 22 months and is taught by world class faculties in five countries: Iceland, the UK, Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. While spending time in at least two of the five countries and studying in a multicultural environment, students will gain valuable insights into the academic, social and cultural diversity of Northern and Central Europe. On graduation they will receive a multiple MSc degree from the consortium universities... [-]