Fine Art - master

Duration: 2 years

Photo: Marius Fiskum
Photo: Marius Fiskum

Fine Art - master

Duration: 2 År

Application deadline
1 March
How to apply?

Master of Fine Art is a two-year programme that aims to give the students the knowledge required to become independent artists. The focus of the study is on self-critical reflection, as well as development, and intensification of the student's own artistic projects. The programme also aims to enable students to become active contributors within contemporary art and related areas of society, both locally, nationally and internationally.

Questions about the study

Lisa Torell

Professor in Contemporary Art

  • Campus: Tromsø

Isabel Kjelstrup Mortensen

Study Adviser

  • Telephone: +4777645248

Information about semester start

The purpose of the study programme, Master of 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 outcomes:


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

Admission requirements:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree of Fine Art or equivalent, with at least 80 ECTS in either art, design, architecture, crafts, photography.
  • Applicants with education from non-Nordic countries must document English language proficiency.
  • Passed admissions test

Required documentation:

  • Portfolio
    The portfolio should be a document (PDF) that presents works the applicant considers relevant to their artistic practice.

The portfolio has the following requirements:

  • Documentation of 6 – 8 work samples. Each work sample can include up to 5 pictures, for example how and where the work is installed, close-ups etc.
  • 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)

For longer videos, you need to provide a brief synopsis or trailer, that needs be attached to the video. Videos or audio files must be stored online (on your own website, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.). You need to provide a link to the work alongside the list of submitted works. You are responsible for ensuring that the address of the website is correctly written, that the website functions properly. The video must be viewable in a standard web browser.

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

A brief and concise overview of prior education and relevant experience for the programme.

Admissions test:

The admission test is assessed by an admission committee.

The admission test is divided into two parts and consists of:

  • Evaluation of submitted documentation

All complete applications are assessed academically, and a number of applicants are then invited for an interview.

  • Interview

The interview will be conducted digitally.

In the evaluation, emphasis is placed on the artistic quality of the applicant's work and their understanding of their own artistic practice. Artistic quality takes into account ideas, originality, craftsmanship, presentation, and reflection.

You will find more information about the international admission here.

Du finner mer informasjon om søknad og opptak her.

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:

  • Specialisation in artistic methods and techniques
  • Tuition in relevant art history, theory and professional ethics
  • Introductory tuition on prerequisites for a professional art practice
  • Specialisation 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 as contributing 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, written coursework, oral presentations, and exhibitions.

The grading system is Pass/Fail.


Students may apply for exchange in the second semester (30 ECTS). The first semester must be passed before an international exchange semester can be commenced.

Bilde av Torell, Lisa
Torell, Lisa

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.

Stien, Hanne Hammer

Hanne Hammer Stien is Professor of Art History at Academy of Arts. Her research interests are museology and curatorial practice, the history and theory of photography, and contemporary art and art theory. One of Stien's recent publication is Kunst som deling. Delingens kunst (Fagbokforlaget, 2020), co-authored with Merete Jonvik, Eivind Røssaak, and Arnhild Sunnanå. The book focuses on changing practices within the contemporary art field in Norway the last decade. Stien has also practiced as an art critic and curated several exhibitions and art projects in public spaces. She is a member the artistic advisory board of the Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) and the artistic advisory board of the new government quarter in Oslo, member of the editorial board of Metode, member of the board of Nordic Art Reivew and Mađđi - Romsa kunsthall, a member of the board of research and development at the Arts Council Norway, and a member of the research group Worlding Northern Art (WONA) at UiT. Stien is also part of the research project Urban Transformation in a Warming Arctic (URBTRANS), led by Tone Huse, UiT, and Arctic Routes, Southern Ways, led by Luísa Santos, Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisboa.

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