Fine Art - master

Duration: 2 År

Photo: Marius Fiskum
Photo: Marius Fiskum

Fine Art - master

Duration: 2 År

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

Berg, Caroline


  • Telephone: +4777644293
  • Campus: Tromsø

Information about semester start

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

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) SAK-3007 Group exhibition practice - 30 stp.
2. sem. (spring) SAK-3008 Solo exhibition practice - 30 stp.
3. sem. (autumn) SAK-3009 Artistic Reflection - 30 stp.
4. sem. (spring) SAK-3905 Graduation project - 30 stp.

Admission to the programme Master in Fine Art requires:

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) in Fine Art or equivalent, with at least 80 ETCS in either art, design, architecture, crafts, photography
  • 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
    • Include a link if you have sound or video files
    • 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

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.

You will find more information about international admission here.

Her finner du all informasjon knyttet til søking og opptak.

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.

Teaching and learning activities:

  • Specialization in artistic methods and techniques
  • Tuition in relevant art history, theory and professional ethics
  • Introductory tuition on prerequisites for a professional art practice
  • Specialization in one’s own form, style or genre of art production
  • Supervised writing on contextualization and reflection related to one’s own artistic practice
  • Planning and executing both a group exhibition and a solo exhibition
  • Participation in graduation project with work of art, as well ascontributing to a publication connected to the show
  • Study trips

Students will be evaluated through coursework requirements and examinations. Attendance requirements and assignments must be met and approved in order to qualify for examination. For detailed descriptions of requirements, see individual course descriptions. Examination and assessment methods: portfolio assessment, writtencoursework, oral presentations and exhibitions.

The grading system is Pass/Fail.

This is a full-time programme. All teaching and learning activities, except study trips, will take place in Tromsø.


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.

Bilde av Torell, Lisa
Lisa Torell

Lisa Torell is head of the Program for Fine Art at the Academy of Arts. She has a post doc from Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University 2019-2021, a PhD equivalent through the Norwegian for Artistic Research Programme (NARP) 2014-2018.

She is coming from the performative place-related field and works with questions connected to the public sphere, society is the driving force. She is interested in the performative pluralism that is created within the arts, which is about being seen and to see, in togetherness and in singularity. She has exhibited at places that include Buenos Aires -International Biennial of Contemporary art of the South, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art(GiBCA), Research Pavilion Venice, NNKM Tromsø, Västerås Art Museum, Bonniers konsthall and Marabouparken Stockholm. Torell has also written for various publications such as Contemporary Urban Structures (DK) and Oslo Pilot (2015-17), and is the editor for Place to Place, 9 artists reflection about site-specificity and place related processes. (2016/17).

Selected interdisciplinary involvements: MASSA/KTH/the City of Stockholm/GAIA architectural team and studio Erixon Aaalto 2021-2025, New European Bauhaus, Visioner I Norr/The Nordic Future 2022 and Categorisation supporting the implementation of Universal Design in Sweden, Lunds university and Gothenburg university 2019-2020.

Hanna Horsberg Hansen


Hanna Horsberg Hansen is a Norwegian art historian. She works at 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

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