Fine Art - master

Duration: 2 Years

Photo: Marius Fiskum
Photo: Marius Fiskum

Fine Art - master

Duration: 2 Years

Application deadline
1 March
How to apply?

The programme Master in Fine 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 context that is studio and workshop oriented and where they are encouraged to develop their own initiatives. To contribute to the programme provides a balanced insight between local and international issues of importance to contemporary society.

Questions about the study

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The objective of the programme Master in Fine Art is to develop the student's ability to work as a professional artist. The programme aims to reflect the contemporary conceptions of what it means to work as a professional artist and thereby offer students the opportunity to develop their individual ambitions to work professionally in the field of fine arts. As the main objective is to educate artists, the creation of works of art, exhibitions and other artistic expressions constitutes the most important aspects in the programme of study. The programme also provides a foundation for other professional roles in and relating to the field of art.

After passing the programme, the candidate has the following learning outcome:


  • In-depth knowledge of artistic methods and techniques
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant art history, theory and professional ethics
  • Thorough knowledge of presentation, documentation, ability to reflect on and place artistic works in context, produced by oneself or by others
  • Knowledge of the planning and complexion of a solo exhibition and text production
  • In-depth knowledge of the prerequisities for artistic practice in a societal perspective


  • Ability to present, contextualize and reflect on artistic works produced by oneself or by others, both in written and oral form
  • Ability to plan and implement artistic projects in different display formats and contexts

General competence

  • Practical and theoretical understanding of artistic work at a high professional level
  • Understanding of various ethical issues related to artistic work
  • Ability to analyze relevant professional and research ethical issues and to apply them in artistic work at a high professional level
  • Ability to innovate in both artistic production and in methods of communication

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
First semester (autumn)
Study plan is revised, changes can be done
Second semester (spring)
Study plan is revised, changes can be done
Third semester (autumn)
Study plan is revised, changes can be done
Fourth semester (spring)
Study plan is revised, changes can be done

Admission to the programme Master in Fine Art requires:

  • Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in Fine Art or equivalent education at university or university college level. The applicant must have minimum 80 ECTS of concentrated studies in: Fine Art, Architecture, Performative Art or Design.
  • Accepted portfolio
    • PLEASE NOTE! The portfolio must be saved as one (1) PDF document before uploading on Søknadsweb
    • Documentation of 6 – 8 work samples. Each work sample can include up to 5 pictures, for example how the work is installed, close-ups and so on
    • Regarding longer video works, a short synopsis/trailer must be attached. Information about the material, measurements, running time and production year should be included. Videos or audio files which exceeds 15MB, must be upload on your homepage, Vimeo, YouTube or similar. Please register links to video / audio files in an attachement. The applicant are responsible for ensuring that the URL is correct, that the website is working and that the work is viewable in a standard web browser
    • Written reflections in English on the submitted work samples (maximum of one page)
    • Written description in English about artistic direction and focus (maximum of half a page)
  • Interview. Following an assessment of the portfolio, the committee invites a selection of applicants for an interview

Please upload all documents listed above via "Søknadsweb".

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

The teaching will provide the students with tools that enable them to acquaint themselves in the international art field, and to reflect on and competently discuss artistic work, produced by themselves or others, both textually and orally. The learning activities are centered on the student's studio practice and presentations of artistic work. The programme includes workshops, seminars, artist talks, studio discussions and supervision. The student must both attend group exhibitions and solo exhibitions, as well as participate in other learning activities.

The curriculum for work requirements and examinations can be found in the course descriptions. Examination and assessment methods: portfolio assessment, written coursework, oral presentations and exhibitions.

The student must pass each subject in order to proceed to the next level.


In the 2nd semester, students will have the option of attending a foreign university as an international exchange student through agreements related to the programme.

Hanna Horsberg Hansen


Hanna Horsberg Hansen is a Norwegian art historian. She is head of the Art department, where she teaches art history and –theory.

She is a pioneering scholar within the field of Sámi art. The last twenty years she has published stories about Sámi art from heterogeneous perspectives rather than an art history, as she recognizes that art history as a Eurocentric, linear history of evolution tends to marginalize and rather castigate all art that do not fit in to the evolution as primitive. Her publications comprise stories about contemporary as well as historic art, institution building and the connections between Sámi art and politics

Juliane Zelwies

In her audio- and video-installations, short films and lecture performances, Juliane Zelwies explores the psychology of social interaction, particularly with regard to (human) communication. Visually at home in the ambiguous borderland between documentary and dramatisation, much of her work relies on an exchange with expert groups and individuals, with whom she looks into the construction and deconstruction of narratives.

Since 2017 Juliane is artistic research fellow and PhD candidate of the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme at the Academy of Art, The Arctic University of Norway in collaboration with the Faculty of Fine Art at Universitetet i Bergen. In her research project The Reserve Elite she explores the habitus of artists (i.e. how their beliefs and ethics are reflected in their work performance and communication), both among each other and in exchange with other art professionals and the public.

Juliane´s work has been exhibited in solo- and group exhibitions and film festivals, amongst others at the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; TSA, Brooklyn, NY; Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles; Galerie Wedding, Berlin; Galleria Huuto, Helsinki; Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit, Mannheim; D21, Leipzig; Z/KU, Berlin; LIFT, Toronto; Galerie Axel Obiger, Berlin; Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY; Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei; Derive Art Space, Taichung; KAV16 Gallery, Tel Aviv; Digital Art Lab, Holon; Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin; 59th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale); The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival; Hamburg International Short Film Festival; Stuttgarter Filmwinter; Shedhalle Zurich; ZAIM Art Center, Yokohama; Temple Gallery, Philadelphia; NBK Berlin; Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm.

Besides, Juliane lectures at various art schools and curates film programmes. Her video works are distributed by arsenal distribution - Institute for Film and Video Art.

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Study art in Northern Norway

Application deadline
1 March
How to apply?