Master's Programme in Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Lund University

Program Description

Master's Programme in Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Lund University

Programme overview

The Master’s Programme in Fine Arts at Malmö Art Academy is a two-year graduate programme in Fine Arts at Lund University. The Master’s programme includes indepth research in art through individual studio practice and courses in art and various related disciplines. In the first year a school trip is included. In the second year, students focus on their degree projects, which include writing an essay and presenting a solo exhibition at the Academy’s gallery.

Malmö Art Academy is situated in central Malmö and offers excellent facilities. Each student has access to their own studio from their first year of study. The Academy has workshops for all relevant artistic techniques. Malmö Art Academy has no separate departments. Students organise their own curriculum, choosing from a wide range of technical and theoretical courses, many of which are taught by internationally renowned artists.

The international profile is an important feature of the Academy. It is accentuated by the close proximity to Denmark and mainland Europe, as well as by student exchanges with art academies in other countries. The Academy also benefits from the rich and internationally orientated art life in the region, which has many art galleries, museums and other institutions. Guest lectures from visiting artists and critics as well as various forms of collaborative projects are continuously offered at the Academy.

A contemporary programme in Fine Arts can work in close connection with cultural, artistic and scientific currents in the fields of art history and theory, architecture, philosophy, sociology, psychology and many other subjects. Its affiliation with Lund University is of great advantage to Malmö Art Academy. The Academy also offers a four-year doctoral programme in Fine Arts.

Programme structure

THE FIRST YEAR: The students begin their advanced artistic work, with continuous discussions in seminars led by a teacher. 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., within the individual seminars. The seminars are held once every second week. If they wish, the students can participate in several seminars. The course Analysing Your Own Artistic Work (7 ECTS credits) is available for Master’s students as a 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 that are interesting from an artisitic point of view.

THE SECOND YEAR: This year is devoted to an examination assignment focused on artistic interpretation, both visual and textual (60 ECTS credits). The examination assignment includes presenting a solo exhibition at the Academy's gallery, KHM, and writing a text in the form of an essay about one’s own artistic work or about an artistic problem relevant to that, consisting of approximately 10 pages. The examination assignment is tutored individually. In consultation with external participation, the professors at Malmö Art Academy are the examiners for a Master’s degree.

Career prospects

On completion of the programme, students will have acquired broad and specialised practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for independent work in the varying forms of professional life. 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

Since the start in 1995, Malmö Art Academy has been able to offer a modern education in Fine Art. This means that the education at the Academy is not divided into separate forms and that the Academy has a lively exchange with the international art community with many visiting international artist and guest lecturers. The Academy also offers a wide variety of courses in art theory, technique and interpretation and has a focus on 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 lecture room as well as private workshops for each of the 70 students in the Fine Arts programme and a common study for the students in the Critical & Pedagogical Studies programme.

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 Ranking 2016/2017, 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 the second 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.

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Last updated October 18, 2016
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2 years
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Sweden Malmö
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