During two years you will be given the opportunity to challenge and deepen your graphic design and/or illustration practice in relation to broader social, cultural and economic contexts. With a take-off point in norm criticality, we study how identity, norms and borders are formed through the landscape of visual communication and how artistic methods can be developed to expand your own practice as well as the field.
Through supervision, seminars, feedback, workshops and lectures alongside teachers who are active within the field and gained documented knowledge and experience of norm creative practices, this programme makes a unique collaborative environment where your own work is in focus for discussions and processes of making.
Norm criticality involves the highlighting of power. For instance it implies to make visible and question norms that construct and support discriminatory attitudes and practices. Norm creativity embodies the aim to transform norm critical analysis into practice. An early definition of this concept is found in the book Normkreativ, Settings/Premiss förlag, 2014.
Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts (equivalent to a Swedish bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits), or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B. Read more about requirements and selection here.
The selection is made on artistic grounds and is based on assessment of artistic portfolio, project proposal and interview. Read more about requirements and selection here.
Communicative skills within the context of visual communication are prioritised in the selection.
Language of instruction
All teaching, tutoring and examinations are in English.
Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication
Applicant assignment for the 2017 autumn admission
Each applicant submits one (1) PDF file containing a maximum of ten (10) pages. Your portfolio must contain the following three (3) compulsory sections if it is to be considered complete.
Section 1: Table of contents (page 1)
Page 1 should contain a table of contents listing all the images in the document, including your declaration of intent.
The table of contents should function as a clear summary of the samples of your work with thumbnail images (about 3x3 cm.) of all the works as well as your statement of intent. The table of contents is used when the applicant assignments are discussed by the selection panel.
Section 2: Your own selection of works (pages 2-6)
You should present your own selection of your works on pages 2–6 of the PDF file. The absolutely maximum number of images/films is twenty (20), which can, for instance, be divided between a number of different works.
One film counts as one image.
State your name in the top left-hand corner of each page. Your selection represents your work in the way that you yourself would like to view it. All of the samples may be made using any technique you choose. Arrange your images/films any way you like. Films are represented in the PDF file by one still from each of them and the title.
Section 3: Declaration of intent (pages 7-10)
Pages 7-10 in the PDF file will contain your declaration of intent. Give a brief description/visualisation to summarise your project, a question or questions that you would like to work with, develop and study in greater depth within the framework of your Master’s programme. The declaration of intent should not be viewed as a binding document but should give a clear image of your practice and in what way(s) you can see it being challenged or enhanced. The declaration of intent should fit into four (4) A4 pages and comprise 2,000–5,000 characters including spaces. These four (4) pages should allow room for any visual references you may need.
Page format for the PDF file
Each applicant must submit one (1) PDF file containing a maximum of ten (10) pages. The page format must be A3 landscape format.
• Page 1: table of contents including any explanatory captions.
• Pages 2–6: five (5) pages with your own choice of works.
• Pages 7–10: four (4) pages that consist of a written statement of intent.
Film, videos and animations
IF you submit film, video material and/or animations they must have a total length of no more than 15 minutes altogether. Submit a brief synopsis/trailer or an excerpt if your films are longer.
It is important for all applicants to comply with the technical specifications below so that we can assess all the portfolios correctly.
Singe files should not be larger than 300MB. In total your portfolio must not exceed 500MB.
File format for PDF files
Page format for the PDF files: A3 landscape
Colour coding: RGB
The PDF files must NOT be password protected.
Give the PDF file a name using the format “Forename.surname.pdf”
File formats for film, video and/or animations
AVI, MOV or MP4 (H-264 compression)
Maximum resolution: 640 x 480
The table of contents on page 1 should clearly state the title, format and length of each film.