Critical and Pedagogical Studies is an international post-graduate study program 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 and students who have previously completed a studio based MFA. The program seeks to encourage applied thinking within the artistic field, investigating how we might both produce and discuss art, as well as investigating how pedagogical strategies can be seen as artistic models in art practice and as teaching.
This is a pioneering program 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 theorized. 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 program facilitators work together to shape the program structure through group dialogue and 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 also proposed their own self-organized course and have positively influenced the program 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 program itself and in relation to an educational practice.
There is focus on the development of the students' own projects through group critiques and individual tutorials. In the final year of the program, 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 program have also negotiated strong relationships with local arts organizations that are keen to collaborate with our group and to support student initiatives.
As the program enrolls a small group of up to 9 students per year, participants receive individual attention and guidance on their projects. The program 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, and Magnus Bärtås.
During the first two semesters, the program consists of 5-8 workshops or seminars per semester, led by a variety of arts practitioners including, international visiting lecturers, the professors at Malmö Art Academy, and the facilitators of Critical & Pedagogical Studies. During the final two semesters of the program, the focus is on developing individual and collective projects. Students also complete an internship related to their field of study.
The first semester and half of the second are specifically focused on ‘critical theory’. This part is structured with workshops, readings, lectures, and seminars.
Towards the end of the second semester and the entire third semester, the focus is on experimental pedagogical strategies and education, both on a theoretical and practical level. The third semester ends with a 6-week pedagogical internship, where students plan courses in further education (FE) in art or other related educational institutions.
The fourth semester is devoted to working on individual exam projects. The form of examination reflects the Critical & Pedagogical Studies program – investigating pedagogics and critical thinking from the position of the artist. The exam activities may be conducted as a workshop, seminar, symposium or specific project with a pedagogical aim. The individual students are in charge of their own project, in combination with writing a shorter text (approx. 20 pages). The individual exam work consists of 30 credits.
Read more about this program on www.khm.lu.se.
About Malmö Art Academy
Malmö Art Academy offers a modern education in Fine Art: The education at the Academy is not divided into separate forms of artistic expression and the Academy has a lively exchange with the international art community, with many visiting international artists and guest lecturers. The Academy offers a wide variety of courses in art theory, technique, and interpretation and enables you to participate in various kinds of interdisciplinary projects. Malmö Art Academy is housed in a former school building in central Malmö.
The beautifully renovated brick building with its towered annex contains well-equipped workshops for artwork with wood, metal, plaster, clay, concrete, photography, video and computers. The building has large project studios, a library, and a lecture room, as well as private workshops for each of the 70 students in the Fine Arts program and a common study for the students in the Critical & Pedagogical Studies program.
Why Lund University?
Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. Ranked among the world's top 100 universities in the QS Rankings 2017/2018, 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 one of the 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.
Learn more at www.lunduniversity.lu.se
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Last updated December 8, 2017