Master's programme in Fine Art

120 credits, full-time studies, daytime

An individualised Master's Programme in Fine Art with a focus on critical self-reflection as well as development and intensification of an artistic project.

Nikki Fager Myrholm, Master's programme in Fine Art, graduated in 2019.

 

Important dates

1 December 2021: Online application (universityadmissions.se) and portal to upload applicant assignment (konstfack.se) open.

17 January 2022:
Application and applicant assignment deadline.

1 February 2022: Qualifications to certify the entry requirements, and payment of application fee or certification of fee exempt status must have reached University Admissions.

February/March 2022: Assessment of applicant assignments + prospective interviews.

7 April 2022: Notification of selection results (universityadmissions.se).

29 August 2022: Course start.


The Master's Programme in Fine Art is interdisciplinary and based on the conviction that artistic creation can draw on all forms of knowledge and means. The programme functions in the field of contemporary art and critical aesthetics. It is grounded in the values of the art department's own history of socially committed education – for us art is deeply integrated into both society and debate.

Our professors and teachers are eminent practitioners and pursue careers in their fields, where many of our alumni can also be found today, both nationally and internationally. In studio discussions, workshops and lectures you will also meet a great many other participants in the field of art. Study trips and visits are other elements in the programme.

This practically based, highly individualised programme starts from your own project, which will be realised and intensified during the two years of your studies in regular consultation with your assigned tutor. During the programme, critical and analytical methods will be explored as well as the relationship to institutions both within the artistic domain and in society at large.

Students will partake in mandatory courses toward building critical skills development, artistic research and artistic writing. A number of elective courses, focus groups, and workshop skills will be offered each term to support a wide variety of creative methods.


Specific requirements

Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts (equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits), or the equivalent. Equivalent knowledge can be skills developed through individual artistic practice, other practice, or professional experience from other disciplines. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B. Read more about requirements and selection here.


Selection

The selection is made on artistic grounds and is based on assessment of artistic portfolio, current practice and interview. Read more about requirements and selection here.

The first stage of the application process includes an assessment of the applicant’s work samples and current practice on the basis of the applicant’s ability to create works that are of a high artistic quality. This ability encompasses an inquisitive and reflective attitude, the degree of independent expression, technical proficiency and craftsmanship. 

A selection of the applicants are invited for interview on the basis of an assessment of their merits. In the second stage of the process, the applicant’s work samples and current practice are discussed on the basis of the same assessment criteria used in the first stage. The applicant’s motivation and what they expect from the programme are also assessed at this time.


Language of instruction

All teaching, tutoring and examinations are in English.

Degree
Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts


Applicant assignment for the 2022 autumn admission

The contents of your portfolio must be the following order:
• An overview of submitted work samples
• Current practice, prior work and experience, in English
• CV
• Work samples

1. Overview of submitted work samples
Make an overview of submitted work samples in one (1) PDF document. Each work (also video work and similar) must be represented by an image approximately 2x3 cm in size, and presented with a title and a brief description (technique, size/format/length) as well as page references to your portfolio. The overview must be the first file in the digital portfolio.

2. Current practice, prior work and experience.
Write a brief description of your current work and interests. This should include your prior artistic work and experiences and a projection of how and where you see your work going in the next couple of years. Please also articulate why you would like to do your MA at Konstfack and what you feel you bring to the program.
The statement should be in English, on a maximum of two (2) A4 pages, as one (1) PDF file.

3. CV
List of experience, education, employment, etc. (CV)
List your previous education, work-experience and other information that you think is interesting in your application to us.
The CV should be on a maximum of two (2) A4 pages, as one (1) PDF file. 

4. Five to ten (5-10) work samples
Present five to ten (5-10) works in the technique of your choice. A work documented in several parts, for example photo documentation, counts as one work, and is presented as one file. These works must be named as file number  4, 5, 6 etc up to maximum file number 13.


Technical specifications
Video/Moving Images: Each film must be a full version, and begin with a 90-second (maximum) summary of the work if its total length is more than 4 minutes.

Work samples will be assessed on computer monitors. Therefore, compress video files to a smaller size to fit the display medium.

Sound productions: Sound productions must be included in their entirety and begin with a short version of not more than 90 seconds if the total length of the work is more than 4 minutes.

File formats: PDF, JPG, MOV, MP4, MP3

The films must be compressed using H.264.

Single files should not be larger than 300MB. In total your portfolio must not exceed 500MB.


Summary, this is to be submitted:
File 1. Overview of submitted work samples (1 PDF file)
File 2. Current practice, prior work and experience (1 PDF file)
File 3. CV (1PDF file)
File 4 – max file 13. Five to ten work samples. Accepted file formats according to instructions.