The Master’s programme in fine art prepares students for activity as independent, critical practitioners in the field of contemporary art. The programme provides students with the artistic, methodological and theoretical qualifications necessary to work professionally in the complex world of contemporary art. Students develop a broad range of qualifications, including creative thinking, artistic development work, project management and technical knowledge related to their own artistic practice.
Self-directed artistic practice is central in all the semesters. The master’s project constitutes the main component of the programme. Each student defines his or her own artistic project. The master’s project is developed over two years through individual research, experimentation, criticism and discussion with the main supervisor, other academic employees, guest teachers and fellow students. The master’s project can be formulated and developed in relation to a given medium or a combination of media and materials.
The Art Academy - Department of Contemporary Art has workshops, technical expertise and academic supervision competence in photography, graphics, installation, ceramics and clay, sound, painting, performance, sculpture, drawing, textiles, moving images and digital art. A master’s project can also be based on other criteria, linked to location-specific, relational and/or interdisciplinary approaches.
Through their master’s project, students become familiar with artistic development work and its methods, which the Universities and University Colleges Act classifies as equivalent to academic research. Artistic development work is based on the artist’s own experiences and reflection, and contributes to knowledge development on an artistic basis, in the form of artistic results, as well as text and other media.
The Art Academy - Department of Contemporary Art offers a stimulating and challenging learning environment for motivated students. A central objective of the master’s programme is to promote and establish academic discourse among the students, and thereby stimulate continuous critical reflection on their own and others’ artistic practices.