Department of Fine Art

The Department of Fine Art offers a three-year Bachelor programme and a two-year Master's programme. The Bachelor's programme comprises 180 credits/ECTS, leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Master's programme leads to a Master of Fine Arts, and includes 120 credits/ECTS.


The first three years’ Bachelor’s programme of 180 credits/ECTS leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts. A Bachelor's degree gives eligibility to apply to the two-year Master programme of 120 credits, which leads to a Master of Fine Arts. You can also apply directly to the Master's programme (120 credits) if you have a Bachelor's degree from another art college in Sweden or abroad, or equivalent artistic experience.

Programme objectives
The programme objectives are to create the best possible conditions for an independent artistic development and provide students with both theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for the student's artistic work. The programme also aims to promote critical discussion and a reorientation of the artist's role in society.

Programme content
The focus of the training programme is the individual student's artistic work. Each student is linked to a professor. Students also have personal tutors they see regularly to discuss their artistic work and set up an individual study plan. In addition to the individual tuition, the department provides a wide range of elective courses, projects and teaching in a variety of artistic genres and techniques such as photography, painting, sculpture/installation, performance, sound art, video/digital media, conceptual projects, as well as various hybrid forms and interdisciplinary approach.

Interdisciplinary projects
Teaching is largely project-oriented with a focus on both artistic problems and community related themes. The programme also offers interdisciplinary projects with Konstfack’s other programmes, with other art universities in Stockholm, with universities specializing in humanities, social sciences and technology. The art education is being organized right next to the Konstfack’s education for exhibition organizers – Curator Lab, where curators and art students meet and collaborate in several projects, courses, lectures and discussions.

Art History and art theoretical basis
The programme places great emphasis on providing students with the historical and theoretical basis they need for both their own artistic work and in order to be able to critically reflect on art history, history of ideas and the socio-political context in which they work. The theory and the artistic practice is, as far as possible, integrated and the programme includes written work where students reflect on their own artistry. In addition to art history and theory, The Department of fine Art also organizes lectures, seminars and discussions on current social topics.

Pluralism and diversity
The department strives to create an educational learning environment characterized by pluralism and diversity from an artistic perspective as well as concerning ethnicity, class, sex/gender, sexuality and age.

International profile
The Department of Fine Art has an international profile through teachers as well as a variety of international visiting artists, curators and art journalists participating in teaching. A selection of courses, projects and lectures are given in English to promote an international exchange with students from other countries. Collaborative projects are regularly made with schools in other countries and study trips and studies abroad are possible.

Exhibition Projects
Each academic year the department organizes a number of exhibitions in Konstfack’s own exhibition areas or at various art institutions and galleries in and outside Stockholm.

 

 

 

Updated: 17 September 2010
Author: Helen Engman