The Master of Fine Arts is a two-year programme offering more specialised artistic training through individual studio practise and courses in art and various related disciplines. During the first year, students begin their advanced artistic work, with different types of teacher-led seminars and a study trip. Just like in the Bachelor’s programme, students choose from a range of technical and theoretical courses, many of which are taught by internationally recognised artists. The Academy also offers a variety of guest lectures and international collaborations.
In the second year, students focus on their degree projects (60 credits), which includes writing an essay (approximately 10 pages) about their own artistic practice and presenting a solo exhibition at the academy’s gallery. Students who pass their degree project are awarded a Master of Fine Arts. Professors at Malmö Art Academy act as examiners for Master’s students and an external examiner is always invited to participate in the assessment.
Students begin their advanced artistic work, with continuous discussions in seminars. Examples of such seminars are theory seminars, painting seminars and concept seminars. The focus in these seminars changes with regard to the students’ needs and wishes. On this level, the focus is on the capacity for participating in a more advanced discussion and on taking part in relevant lectures, texts, etc., in connection to the individual seminars. The seminars are held once every second week. The course Analysing Your Own Artistic Work (7 credits) is available for Master’s students as preparation for the text work during the second year. A study tour is also included in the curriculum, allowing students to visit other art schools or other places of interest from an artistic point of view.
This year is devoted to a degree project focused on artistic interpretation, both visual and textual (60 credits). The project includes presenting a solo exhibition at the Academy's gallery, KHM, and writing an essay (10 pages) about one’s own artistic work or about an artistic problem relevant to that. The degree project is tutored individually.
On completion of the programme, students will have acquired broad and specialised practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for independent work in a variety of professional roles. Furthermore, students will have acquired the ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner, autonomously reflecting on, formulating and processing artistic issues so as to contribute to the development of knowledge in the field. The programme also provides an excellent basis for PhD studies.