Iceland University of the Arts

Introduction

About the IUA

The Iceland University of the Arts is a self-governing institution providing higher education in fine arts, theatre, dance, music, design, architecture, and art education.

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Role and Objectives

The role of the Iceland University of the Arts is to encourage progressive thinking in the arts and to stimulate innovation and development in different fields. The IUA offers education in the arts at the university level and conveys both knowledge and professionalism in the arts to Icelandic society. It operates in a global environment and measures itself against academies that excel in arts education in neighbouring countries.

Three main values guide the focus and direction of the IUA in all of its work:

  • Curiosity
  • Understanding
  • Courage

Curiosity prompts us to ask questions and search for new approaches, solutions and answers. We dissect those answers and strive to understand what is foreign to us. Through understanding and training, we develop the talents and skills we require. In that way, we strengthen our courage to follow through on our convictions and our artistic vision.

Cooperation

The Iceland University of the Arts places emphasis on enhancing cooperation with other higher education institutions in the country and various other institutions and enterprises. Its partners include: The University of Iceland, Reykjavík University, the Agricultural University of Iceland, Bifröst University, the Reykjavík Art Museum, the National Gallery of Iceland, the Living Art Museum, the Ísafjördur Music School, the Skaftfell Cultural Centre, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Icelandic Opera, the Salur Music Hall, Caput, the Reykjavík City Theatre, the National Theatre, the Akureyri Theatre, the Iceland Dance Company, the Reykjavík Arts Festival, and the National Icelandic Broadcasting Service, RÚV.

The Iceland University of the Arts is an active participant in international cooperation. The IUA has made bilateral agreements with about 120 higher education institutions in Europe through the Erasmus programme. Within NordPlus, the University collaborates with around 90 art HEI in the Nordic and Baltic area. Preparations are being made for cooperation with art schools in Asia, including China, Japan, and Thailand. Students can , therefore,complete a part of their studies in foreign places. In general, a student exchange lasts one semester. A large number of foreign exchange students also studies at the Iceland University of the Arts, and numerous foreign guest teachers teach at the University for longer or shorter periods of time.

Management

The Iceland University of the Arts is a self-governing institution providing higher education in fine arts, theatre, dance, music, design, architecture, and art education. The operations of the IUA are three-fold: a common executive management, university departments, and support division/joint administration.

The IUA board is the highest decision-making body and oversees all issues pertaining to general school operations. It serves to protect the interests of the IUA and ensure that it operates according to the set objectives. The board is responsible for the administration, finances and property of the institution, determines the tuition fees, and appoints the rector.

The rector acts on behalf of the board to carry out the operations and administration of the IUA, and holds ultimate responsibility. The rector is in charge of ensuring that practices are carried out in accordance with the roles, objectives and standards set by the University, particularly with respect to curriculum and instruction. The rector chairs meetings of the IUA's Management Council and Academic Council and calls the meeting of the Academy Forum. The rector also acts as the IUA's spokesman.

The Management Council is a collaborative forum for the IUA's executive staff. The Council discusses issues of joint concern to the departments and support divisions and supports the rector in the daily operations of the institution.

The Academic Council is a collaborative forum for administrators, instructors and students at the IUA. The Council discusses the professional standards of the University, the quality and performance of its work, and supports the rector and management in making decisions on academic matters.

The IUA Forum is an open venue for discussing professional matters within the IUA as well as academic policy. The rector and board may seek its opinion on any and all matters pertaining to the school’s operations and development. The IUA Forum is held at least once a year.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Icelandic

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

MA Composition

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Iceland Reykjavík

The Masters programme in music composition provides the student with the means to establish and develop his/her area of speciality as a composer. Emphasis is put on allowing the student to explore, enhance and develop her/his personal compositional approach. [+]

The Masters programme in music composition provides the student with the means to establish and develop his/her area of speciality as a composer. Emphasis is put on allowing the student to explore, enhance and develop her/his personal compositional approach.

In addition to the main subject, the student can personalize the programme of study. Students can choose from different modules in musicology, music theory, electro-acoustics, instrumentation/orchestration, and interdisciplinary studies to support his/her area of interest. With the aim of developing the student’s professional skills, the student can also choose from modules in entrepreneurship and project management.

During the programme, student’s compositions will be performed by professional performers and ensembles that specialize in contemporary music. Since 2015 Caput New Music Ensemble has been the ensemble in residence. The department also works with Ensemble Adapter, Siggi String Quartet, Hljómeyki and Spilmenn Ríkínís.... [-]


MA Design: Explorations and Translations

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Iceland Reykjavík

The MA Design: Explorations & Translations at the IAA brings together multiple practices: design, media studies, social sciences and natural sciences. By synthesising and embodying different knowledge and using the dynamic landscape and industries of Iceland as an experimental ground, you will develop a unique voice in the expanded design field. [+]

The MA Design: Explorations & Translations at the IAA brings together multiple practices: design, media studies, social sciences and natural sciences. By synthesising and embodying different knowledge and using the dynamic landscape and industries of Iceland as an experimental ground, you will develop a unique voice in the expanded design field.

To translate this personal vision, the MA Design Programme asks you to materialise and manifest possible realities through relevant media: you may e.g develop a concept for the industry, propose a new sensory experience, or craft a fictional scenario for a future reality. Using both real and fictional design strategies, we work to build ethical awareness, form dialogues to engage with contemporary culture.... [-]


MA Fine Art

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Iceland Reykjavík

The international MA Programme at the Iceland Academy of the Arts supports your individual and progressive art practice. There is an emphasis on art practice and research with a view to strengthening insight into the complexities of contemporary art contexts. [+]

The international MA Programme at the Iceland Academy of the Arts supports your individual and progressive art practice. There is an emphasis on art practice and research with a view to strengthening insight into the complexities of contemporary art contexts. We look for flexibility and specialization in materials and methods requiring you to be able to position yourself, to critique and challenge problems and situations within the field.

You will be joining an artistic and intellectual community committed to contemporary art and art education. You will be placed in the city of Reykjavik in proximity to a growing but vibrant art-scene across a variety of art disciplines. One of the unique features of the Iceland Academy of the Arts is the students’ proximity to other disciplines in the arts. Collaboration is encouraged across various arts disciplines on an individual basis as well as through workshops and specific projects.... [-]


MFA Performing Arts

Campus Full time 3 semesters March 2019 Iceland Reykjavík

This twelve-month Master programme is a question-led study that supports performance-related artists and art professionals to experiment and develop as practitioners and researchers through rigorous mentoring, extensive workshops and encounters with leading artists, thinkers and curators from around the world – as well as intensive peer-to-peer exchange. [+]

This twelve-month Master programme is a question-led study that supports performance-related artists and art professionals to experiment and develop as practitioners and researchers through rigorous mentoring, extensive workshops and encounters with leading artists, thinkers and curators from around the world – as well as intensive peer-to-peer exchange.

Over three semesters, artists enter into an environment geared towards extending and deepening their own practice – as well as their capacity for generating discourse around that practice.

The Master programme takes each enrolled artist’s practice as the starting point for the study, and as such, it is expected that each studying artist enters the course with a performance-related project that they wish to develop and realise throughout the 12 months. This project should be specific to their interests, questions and concerns as an artist – and draw upon their pre-existing artistic practice.... [-]


Master

NAIP: European Master in Music

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Iceland Reykjavík

The Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice provides future professional musicians with the knowledge and skills to become artistically flexible practitioners able to adjust to a wide range of societal contexts. [+]

The Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice provides future professional musicians with the knowledge and skills to become artistically flexible practitioners able to adjust to a wide range of societal contexts.

The programme is targeting students with high-level performance skills interested in reaching new audiences by learning to develop and lead creative projects in diverse artistic, community and cross-sectoral settings. As a result, they will develop their leadership skills and collaborative practice in a variety of artistic and social contexts.

The Master is a collaborative programme offered by several higher music education institutions from countries in Europe. Students apply to one of the participating institutions as their host institution, which will also award the degree. They can choose to take a part of their studies at one of the other institutions, or by other means of exchange as agreed by the programme, depending on their need and field of practice.... [-]