MFA in Visual Arts

Lund University

Program Description

MFA in Visual Arts

Lund University

Programme overview

The Master of Fine Arts is a two-year programme offering more specialised artistic training through individual studio practice 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.

Programme structure

First year: 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 of 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.

Second year: 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.

Career prospects

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.

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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 recently moved to new premises that have well-equipped workshops for wood, metal, plaster, plastic, clay, concrete and lens-based media; film, video digital and analog photography, digital image processing, 3D printing and animation. The premises offer large project studios as well as private studios for the students, a library and lecture and study rooms.

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Why Lund University?

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest and finest universities. The University ranks among the world's top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2019 and is the #1 choice for international students coming to Sweden – one of the world's most innovative, sustainable and democratic countries.

If you would like to start building your international network in a global classroom setting, Lund University is a great option. 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 in-depth learning.

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

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Last updated October 2, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
2 years
Full time