Master's programme in Visual Culture and Learning - Visual Arts Education NoVA

The programme has no intake autumn semester 2017!

120 credits, full-time studies, daytime campus and distance online

Interested in Visual Studies and Art Education at Master's level in Nordic countries? Apply for Nova!

Konstfack and the Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education offer in collaboration with Aalto University (FI), Aalborg University (DK), and Oslo and Akerhus University College of Applied Science (NO) an international Master's programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education.

Studying with NoVA offers the opportunity to study within an international Master’s degree programme (120 ECTS) with a strong Nordic profile at two universities in the Nordic countries. NoVA teaching is provided by four universities/ university colleges, but open for international students. It builds on Nordic competences and expertise, related to current discussions on international art education

Collaborating universities and departments are: Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education at Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design (SWE), Department of Art, Design and Drama at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (NO), School of Art, Design and Architecture at Aalto University – School of Art and Design (FI), Communication and Digital media, in Copenhagen, Department for Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University (DK).

When you apply to Konstfack, this becomes your home university. Already your second semester will be an exchange semester, and you choose as exchange university either Oslo and Akershus, Aalborg or Aalto. Studying in another collaborating university one or two semesters is a requirement of NoVA.

A Master´s degree programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education develops the conditions for conducting professional activities and further research studies in a critical, independent and creative way, and qualifies for educational leadership and development projects within the current field.

NoVA is based on e-learning (10 credits/semester are joint NoVA online courses), contact teaching, and face-to-face meetings. The idea of blended learning is the foundation of NoVA. Learning by doing, problem oriented approaches, and learning by using is integrated with practical and theoretical e-learning based activities. Contact teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, work shops, peer working and student presentations, using explorative multimodal approaches: texts, images, audio, and different physical and digital interfaces and communication. Some courses may be intermingled with the Master's programme in Visual Culture and Learning.

Specific requirements
A Bachelor’s degree or a professional degree of at least 180 credits, including at least 90 credits of Visual Arts Education, or equivalent.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6. Read more about requirements here.

Language of instruction
All teaching, tutoring and examinations are in English.

Degree of Master of Arts in Visual culture and Learning - specialisation Visual Arts Education.

The selection is based on an overall assessment of the quality and quantity of the applicants’ previous studies and letter of intent.

Further evaluation consultation will be held for applicants selected as most qualified in the overall assessment. Consultations will be carried out by telephone or Skype for applicants who are not in Sweden at the time of the interview.

Your application must include the following for the selection to NoVA programme at Konstfack: 

1. A written letter of intent
, maximum four (4) double-spaced A4 page, that includes a description of personal goals and interests for NoVA, proposed area of research, and aim of study. The letter should indicate an understanding of opportunities for study in NoVA, and express an interest in the field of art education and/or visual studies. 

You should also suggest where you would like to do your exchange semester, first and second choice. NB that we cannot guarantee to offer your preferred choices.

Submit as (1) PDF file.

2. Visual portfolio
of work that demonstrates your best artwork and/or art and visual studies activities in which you have been involved (such as pedagogical, museum, gallery, public, activist, cultural, or social engagement work).

The portfolio should consist of 5-10 JPG images. If you wish you can also add moving images/movie files. See file formats for moving images below.

All work submitted should be labeled with your name, title of work, media, dimension, date completed, and any additional text you wish to provide. You must include this information in your PDF file. In addition, you should include a written statement that provides a context for the work (no longer than 2 double-spaced pages in A4 format.)

Submit as one (1) PDF file.

Optional addition to Visual Portfolio: 3 and 4. Moving image
s. If you wish to you can add moving images to Visual Portfolio: Moving images in MOV or MP4, maximum 2 files.

5. Curriculum Vitae
(CV) of maximum three (3) pages in A4 format. Including title and abstract from your BA thesis (or equivalent).

Submit as one (1) PDF file.

Technical specifications
File formats: PDF and optional: MOV, MP4.

Format for PDF files: A4

The PDF files must NOT be password protected.

The optional films must be compressed using H.264.

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

Name all your files with Surname, First Name, and number of the file. (e.g. Smith_Anna_file1.pdf)

Summary, this is to be submitted for the selection:

File 1. Letter of intent + suggestion of preferred location for exchange semester (1 PDF)

File 2. Visual portfolio (1 PDF)

Optional addition to Visual Portfolio: Files 3 and 4. Moving images/movie files (MOV, MP4), Maximum 2 files in total. 

File 5. CV (1 PDF)

Please note that late applicants are ranked by application date and will only be assessed if there are study places available.

Read about application and tuition fees for students from outside the EU/EEA.

More information

If you have questions about how to apply, please contact:
Student Office
Skyddad adress
+46 8 450 41 77

For more information about the programme, please contact:

Programme coordinator, Hilde Altern
Skyddad adress
+46 8 450 4176

Professor Anette Göthlund
Skyddad adress
+ 46 8 767 233 481

Ulla Lind
Skyddad adress
+ 46 8 450 4168

Find out more about NoVA at:

Programme syllabus

Programme syllabus Master's Programme in Visual Culture and Learning .pdf

Uppdaterad: 28 oktober 2015