Contemporary Art - master


The programme Master in Contemporary Art is a two-year course 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 emerging artists 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 programme provides a balanced insight between local and international issues of importance to contemporary society.

Duration:2 Years
Location: Tromsø
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master Degree in Contemporary Art
Admission requirements:See below
Application deadline:1 March
Application code:8038 for Nordic and 2053 for International applicants

Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing aims to promote independent, critical and analytical thinking. Students are expected gradually to take increasing responsibility for managing their work to prepare them for professional life beyond the college walls. By means of its teaching and research, the Academy also aims to develop the field of art with new methodologies and a more profound understanding of its nature, and to contribute to the public discourse in this field.

The program is structured around five subjects:

SAK-3003 Thematic fields fundaments (15 ECTS)
The course functions as a platform for lectures, reading, discussion and analysis focusing on the Thematic Fields and its relation to Art. The aim is to explore theories and ideas, investigate the interrelation between artistic practice, society and theory around the Thematic Fields. From this research the students are expected to produce reflection and develop new theories, ideas as well as a language and art practise to formulate these theories.

SAK-3004 Self-Organisation 1 (15 ECTS)
The course has both a practical and theoretical focus on different theories and methods dealing with self-organisation. The course aims to give the students experience in taking initiative and control over their own situation and their future as professional artists. The course is organised around assemblies where the students and tutors both participate.

SAK-3005 Thematic fields advanced (15 ECTS)
The course is a continuation of SAK-3003. Students must pass SAK-3003 to be eligible for the this course. The purpose of the course is to give a deeper understanding of theoretical and artistic matters related to the study topics from the SAK-3003 course and to further develop the student's skills in research, theory and artistic practice.

SAK-3006 Self-Organisation 2 (15 ECTS)
The course is a continuation of SAK-3004. Students must pass SAK-3004 to be eligible for the SAK-3006 course. This course is both practical and theoretical and gives a specialization and deeper understanding of the self-organization processes. The students have to complete compulsory requirement and tutorials to be eligible to take the exam. Such compulsory requirements are to plan, prepare and arrange an international study trip.

SAK-3900 Master Project (60 ECTS)
The Master Project is each student's self-defined object of study within one of the Thematic Fields. The research is determined by each student based on individual field of artistic interest.

The course is based on individual and tutored research and articulated around a forum called Open Circle. Open Circle is a forum where the student's individual projects are challenged. It is organized at least twice every term. This setting opens up for a discussion around the challenges the individual students face, and offers an opportunity to bring questions to the forum. The master's project research is to be presented at least twice every semester in the Open Circle. Open Circle requires that the students describe their methods of artistic research and contribute with a reflection on content and form of their investigation

After completion of the Master Degree Programme, the candidate should have achieved the following learning outcome:


  • A profound understanding and critical approach within the Thematic Fields
  • An advanced level within research, theory and artistic practice
  • Experience of pedagogical methods and strategies in art


  • Ability to explore, develop, materialize and communicate artistic practice and research in a profound and clear way
  • Show independence and originality in confrontation with artistic challenges
  • Initiate, lead and complete artistic projects
  • Analyze, reflect, connect and communicate theoretical, discursive as well as aesthetic matters on a high level

General proficiency

  • Share, discuss and contribute with ideas and knowledge in a collective context
  • Contribute to the development and inventiveness of the professional art field
  • Strong awareness of one's artistic process and a developed capacity to perform and create

Admission to the Master's programme in Contemporary Art requires:

  • Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in fine arts or equivalent education at university or university college level
Accepted portfolio - Requirements for portfolio
  • Written reflections in English on the submitted work samples (maximum of two pages)
  • Written description in English about artistic direction and focus (maximum of one page)

Admission will be determined by an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications, the quality of previous artistic work demonstrated by submitted portfolio and an interview.

The application must include:

  • Documentation of Bachelor Degree and Certificate of Upper Secondary Education
  • Written reflections
  • Portfolio
  • Please upload all documents via "Søknadsweb"


Blichfeldt, Merete Elise

Phone: +4777660742


When will I be informed whether I am invited to an interview or not?  Depending on the committees decision, you will receive an invitation with suggested date and time before the end of April

Do I have to travel to Norway for the interview? It is possible to do the interview over Skype.

Who is going to take part in the interview? The interviews are done by the admission committee, which consists of The Head of Department, one member of the academic staff, one external  member who usually are a curator or an artist and one or two student representatives

I do not have a Bachelor degree in Fine Art, but from another field. Am I eligible for the Master of Fine Arts program? The committee will consider whether a degree from another field is equivalent to BA degree in fine arts or not

How much teaching is there in the MA-program? The education is based on individual studio practice with regular teaching in the format of seminars, workshops, studio visits, lectures, excursions, exhibitions, group critiques etc. 

Do I have to live in Tromsø? All students are expected to reside in Tromsø, it is a prerequisite to be able to follow the teaching that is offered and to develop the practice to an expected level.

Do I need to have several years of working experience within art and design to qualify for a place at the academy? The emphasis in the admission process is the quality of the submitted work examples. The academy accepts only a small number of students per year and receives applications from many highly qualified applicants, which implies that having working and study experience is an advantage in the admission process

Does the application constitute a great deal of work? The amount of work that is necessary for the application is depending of the amount of artistic work that each applicant already have done, i.e. the examples of works that are each applicant is requested to submit. The formal aspects of the application is not particularly demanding.

Will I get my own studio? The academy have excellent working facilities with several easily accessible workshops and large studio spaces that can be divided into individual compartments. The studio spaces range between 20 to 30 sqm, and working spaces between 10 to 20 sqm.

Is the program taught entirely in English? The MA program is an international program taught in English

Does UiT charge tuition fees? There are no tuition fees, however there is a small semester fee of NOK 500,00

I am a resident outside of the EU. Do I need a visa to enter Norway? All non EU residency need visa, please read more:

I've received an acceptance to the Master programme and now need a place to live. What do I do next? Please follow the link below for information about how and where to apply for housing:


Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art

Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art

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