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Master's Programme in Fine Arts

  • Number of credits 120 credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2021

As a student you will get a good insight to and understanding for the role of art in today's society and how it has evolved over time. Moreover, you practise your ability to analyze, debate and write about art from a critical point of view. Focus is on your own individual artistic expression. In this master's programme you will deepen these abilities and devote even more time to your own artistic work.

While studying

Begin by applying at the national admissions website - After that you send in your portfolio/work samples. On the school's web site you may also find more information about the application process and what happens after you have applied.

Many of the school's guest teachers and professors are internationally active artists which, apart from the teaching being held in English, brings international influences to the school. Each class has its own tutor who follows his or her students during the year. Because a large part of the education consists of your own artistic work much responsibility lies on you as a student to, in cosultation with your tutor, plan your studies. Additionally, all teachers at the school are available and offer studio talks/ individual tutorials.

Each student has his or her own studio place and access to the shool's well-equipped workshops and project rooms in wood, metal, plaster, bronze, graphic, photo, video and computer-based work. Besides your own artistic work the studies consist of courses and workshops, seminars, lectures and field studies. Apart from certain mandatory courses the schedule is determined based on the education board meetings held each semester together with student representatives, professors, study director and coordinator.
Examination in your final study year is in the form of a solo exhibition, an essay followed by an exam exhibition.

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts is beautifully located on the banks of the Umeå River, a stone's throw from the centre of the town. Umeå is with its 121,000 inhabitants the largest town in northern Sweden. It is a university town with a vibrant cultural scene, elected European Capital of Culture in the year 2014.
The school was founded in 1987 and has approximately 70 students on basic and advanced level as well as on PhD level. It is now part of the newly built Umeå Arts Campus together with Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå Institute of Design, HUMlab-X (digital humanities), Bildmuseet (a contemporary art museum), Sliperiet and a library with literature within the fields of art, design and architecture.

Programme overview

The education focuses on the student's individual needs and reflects the creative diversity of the contemporary arts practice and the critical discourse surrounding it. During studies at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, students acquire practical, technical and theoretical competence.They are encouraged to debate and to write about visual art and other subjects of interest. Together with the school's international team of teachers, the students investigate the role of art practice in our society and they train their abilities to critically analyse thoughts and ideas in the field of visual art.

Career opportunities

The Master's programme in Fine Arts deepens your artistic knowledge and improves your chances to work as a professional artist in Sweden or abroad and/or in areas where artistic skills and research are essential.

As an artist, you work primarily with your own artistic practice in art galleries and museums. As an independent artist you can also work within the community, state, county or municipality and work as a consultant or artistic director in different contexts.


Master of Fine Arts

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Fine Arts, 120 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2021 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2021

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location





Bachelor´s degree in Fine Arts or equivalent, approved work samples as well as approved project description and interview. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Entry requirements


Selection among qualified applicants is based on submitted work samples/portfolio and interview. Application is made in two steps. Step 1: Apply via Step 2: Upload your work samples via the link which will be available on the school's website, when the application opens.

Application code



Application deadline was 1 March 2021. The application period is closed.

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 182,250

Total fee

SEK 729,000

Apply in two steps

Step 1 Apply to the programme via

Step 2 Send in your work samples and a project description. You upload your work samples digitally via link. The link will be available on the Academy’s webpage when the application is open.

In addition to your work samples, a project description in English is required. With this you describe your plans for the first study year at the Master programme. The description must be typed directly on the application website, max one A4 page.

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Programme is given by
Umeå Academy of Fine Arts
Contactperson for the programme is:
Micael Norberg