UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Postboks 6050 Langnes
970 422 528
Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing
The Department for Contemporary Art and Creative Writing in Tromsø is the world’s northernmost fine arts college. The Academy was started in 2007 and accepts only a small number of students each year for courses in fine arts and creative writing. The first MA students were enrolled in 2012 and, in the autumn of 2013, the Academy has its first PhD students. The Art Academy is a department in a faculty comprising the department of music and drama and from autumn 2013 also a MA programme in Landscape Architecture, which allows for collaborations and exchange between the departments. The faculty aims to maintain a high international level and to develop its own particular characteristics, thus offering an alternative to other degree courses in the arts.
Bachelor in Contemporary Art (Norwegian) Application deadline on March 1st 2014.
Information to applicants Bachelor in Contemporary Art (Norwegian)
CREATIVE WRITING (Forfatterstudiet i Tromsø)
The program is structured around intensive writing workshops with professional writers. The aim is to challenge and cultivate the students creative writing skills through critical reading and tutoring, encouraging experimentation and boldness. Students will become critical readers and learn to recognize quality. The programme provides knowledge of the literary language and its tools, the development of Norwegian literature in recent times, as well as insight into genre theory and literary theory. The fundament of the programme is the students` own production of literary texts and active participation in the workshop.
Master in Contemporary Art
The master’s programme in Tromsø is a two-course in English that aims to give the students a unique footing for their future advancement in research, theory and professional artistic practice. The programme is aimed at students who seek to deepen their practice in a critical and discursive context where they are encouraged to develop their own initiatives. To contribute to this the master’s programme provides a balanced insight between local and international issues of importance to contemporary society. Completion of the programme earns the students a Master Degree in Contemporary Art.
The Academy of Fine Art aims to educate artists on a high professional level and contribute new expertise in the field of contemporary art. Key values are artistic integrity and freedom.
The Academy is the world's northernmost art academy. The setting is Tromsø in North Norway, the Gateway to the Arctic. The city serves as a natural focal point in the circumpolar area.
The region possesses a great wealth of both natural and cultural resources. The landscape is spectacular and full of contrasts. It is sparsely settled, yet socially and culturally complex and characterized by environmental adaptation.
In this setting the Academy of Fine Art is to develop new forms of artistic practice. What is needed are adventurous and critical contemporary artists with sensitivity of context.
The Academy of Fine Art is to be an innovative center of contemporary art. The size and character of Tromsø make it an ideal setting for a committed and active presence. The academic and cultural establishments of the city form natural points of association.With local and regional conditions as a foundation, and in the understanding of the complexity of place, lies the potential for a global orientation. The Academy is to be a forum with students and staff working in, and gaining experience from, international contexts.
Through active participation and cooperation the Academy of Fine Art will form associations and networks. Insight into cultural, social and ethnic disparities increases the potential for a sustainable practice of art. The understanding of the connections between nature and culture - human ecology - is to be emphasised.
Studies at the Academy are to promote social engagement through self-development, and fundamental analytical and communication tools. Multifarious knowledge from both social and natural sciences will be integrated with the art-specific. Theory is intertwined with practice.
The Academy of Fine Art will demand a considerable degree of independence as well as skills of orientation, articulation and project management. An organizational structure which is fundamentally extroverted, mobile and flexible will ensure student impact and opportunities for artistic development.
(Resolution by Tromsø University College Board October 19 2006)
Learning by Doing: Reflections on Setting Up a New Art Academy
(Article by Nicolas Siepen and Åsa Sonjasdotter)