Master's Programme in Fine Arts

  • Number of credits 120 credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • StartingAutumn Term 2023

As a student you will gain a good insight and understanding of the role of art in today's society and how it has evolved over time. Furthermore, you will practise your ability to analyze, debate and write about art from a critical point of view. The focus is on your own individual artistic expression. In this Master's programme you will deepen these skills 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 it's own tutor who follows their students during the year. Because a large part of the education consists of your own artistic work, a great responsibility lies on you as a student to, in consultation with your tutor, plan your studies. Additionally, all teachers at the school are available and offer studio talks and individual tutorials.

Each student has their own studio space and access to the school's well-equipped workshops in wood, metal, plaster, bronze, graphic, photo, video and computer-based work etc. There are also a few project spaces available. 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 set based on the education board meetings held each semester together with student representatives, professors, study director and coordinator.
Examination in your final study year comes 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, Bildmuseet - a contemporary art museum, Curiosum and a University 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

Contact form

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

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