The Master of Fine Arts in Artistic Research is a two-year full-time programme. The aim of the programme is to prepare artists in defining and formulating a research project in fine arts, aiming for admission to a doctoral programme in fine arts. The programme has a distinct international profile and prepares students for an international career.
The focus is on the individual research project that the applicant applied to the programme with and develops during the programme. Based on this project, students are encouraged to develop research questions that emerge from individual research processes and artistic methods. These are discussed and developed in relation to other methods that have emerged from other relevant research fields in close collaboration with existing academic disciplines. Through this training, students are stimulated to develop their own methods, which are different to those applied in other fields of research.
The types of instruction include both seminars and courses. The seminars include seminars within the programme as well as joint seminars together with the doctoral programme at Malmö Art Academy, in which the students will participate as observers. The courses cover methodology courses specialising in artistic research projects but also more general methodology courses with guest researchers and artistic researchers from Lund University and other higher education institutions. A course in research ethics is also given.
Students are assessed through a joint exhibition/seminar/printed material/conference in which the individual project is presented as well as extended individual written assignments that are to develop into a proposal for a research project with a research question and schedule. The language of instruction, supervision and assessment is English.
On completion of the programme, students will have acquired specialised practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for developing a research project and a proposal for a PhD programme. Furthermore, students will have acquired the ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner, autonomously reflecting on, formulating and processing artistic research, methodology and writing so as to contribute to the development of knowledge in the field. The programme is directed towards PhD studies.