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Master's Programme in Fine Arts

  • Number of credits 120 Credits

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

Note that for the study year 2017/18 the application is open between 20 January and 1 March.

Begin by applying at the national admissions website - After that you send in your portfolio/work samples via the link which will be published on no later than the 1st of February. 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.


Degree of Master in Fine Arts

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