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Master of Fine Arts programme in Fine Arts, 120 hec

Our international MFA in Fine Art supports you, as an artist, to critique, challenge and contribute to the contemporary world. In doing so you will determine the foundations for your future practice. You will develop methods to research and produce artworks, navigate complex situations and account for your decisions. We place emphasis on you being a strong communicator, critical thinker and an advocate for the challenges of contemporary art practice.

At Valand Academy you join a committed artistic and intellectual community dedicated to interrogating art practices and their communicative potential. We work with you to develop methods of analysing, conceptualising and making art.  Our students come from different backgrounds, cultural heritages and offer diverse perspectives on these challenges. Artists, educators and guests with national and international profiles teach within our programme and contribute to a vibrant research culture and public programme at the Academy. We continue to actively develop local, national and international partnerships with organisations to support our work and provide new opportunities for our students.

Full-time. Two-years. Four terms: 30 credits each. Language: English.


The programme focuses on how artists define their aesthetic, ideological and ethical choices. Knowledge and skills are developed via lectures, across academy seminars, personal tutoring, group and individual critique; group and public projects. We expect you to engage with current debates and situations occurring in the world, and we ask you to navigate knowledge, opinions and perspectives that challenge your own. Your study is supported by access to shared learning spaces, technical support, equipment and specialist workspaces.

Year 1: Develop practice-based methods of inquiry, production and critical reasoning. Explore your production skills alongside theoretical analysis and writing.

Year 2:  Progress and define your artistic inquiry methods and production; refine your writing and critical skills. Submit a written text. Exhibit your thesis project . Establish a direction for future artistic research.

Exams: Exams are oral, written and learning-focused. They map your development by assessing your methods, the contextual frame for your work, and your capacity to argue for these. We give feedback and respond to yours.

Continued studies and futures

We do not believe there is a singular pathway for an artist. Our alumni have entered the commercial art world; been invited to biennial exhibitions, public gallery and museum contexts; established self-organised exhibition platforms; made artworks within community contexts; become gallerists, organisers, activists, publishers, writers, researchers, educators, academics, curators, DJs and tattooists. The programme is also preparatory for study at Ph.D. level.


Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Fine Art, 120 hec.


Applications are assessed on your educational qualifications and capacity in English. Your previous artistic investigations and your statement of intent inform how we assess your commitment to developing your practice, and your interest in the programme offered at Valand Academy.

You should follow the application guidelines precisely. We accept students working in any Fine Art media with studio or non-studio based practices. You will want to demonstrate a commitment to contributing to an intellectual, artistic and investigative educational environment and be dedicated to learning via group activity. Please be clear in demonstrating why you think Valand Academy and this programme may be the right educational choice for you.

Surprise us!


For questions about the programme: jason.bowman@akadminvaland.gu.se
For questions about the application and admissions processes: admission@akademinvaland.gu.se

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts of 180 ECTS credits or evidence of equivalent. Equivalent knowledge can be skills developed through artistic or other practices and experience of the profession. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level.


An admission jury will assess applicants' artistic abilities on the basis of their submitted portfolios. Some applicants may be expected to be called to an interview. Information on portfolio and admission can be found at www.akademinvaland.gu.se/english/education/programmes/K2FRI/admission.

Master of Fine Arts programme in Fine Arts, 120 hec
Start Full/part time Apply
Autumn 2018 Day, 100 % Closed
CITY: Göteborg
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 538 000 SEK
First payment 134 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Subject description: Fine Art

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