January 23, 2017

Master in Fine Arts 2017: call for applications

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University
Jakob Westberg/MFA, Sweet Me, 2016. Pralines produced with the artist’s body fat. 20 x 20 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Beautifully located on the banks of the Umeälven river in Umeå, a fast-growing university town with 37,000 students, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts is the northernmost of all five Swedish Art Academies. Within the evolving contemporary Arts Campus, and together with the School of Architecture, Institute of Design, HUMlab, Sliperiet and the museum of contemporary art Bildmuseet, the Academy is part of a new and creative focal point in the north.

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts offers an English-taught, two-year Master program focused on artistic practice in a professional environment, with international connections through its faculty. Critical discourse on artistic practice, conditions of production and presentation and an emphasis on analysis and self-reflection contribute to an understanding of contemporary art located within a larger cultural, social, and political context. Guest artists, curators and other cultural thinkers from Sweden and abroad support the faculty in engaging students in contemporary creative initiatives worldwide.

The program comprises of supervised and individual projects, lectures, seminars, group tutorials and study trips (Venice Biennale, Berlin Biennale, Manifesta, Documenta, Frieze New York…). Well-equipped workshops for photo, video, sound, 3D printing as well as for wood, metal, plaster, bronze, printmaking etc., are open to all students.

Each MFA student is provided a single studio space within an international and English speaking environment.

Over the two-year curriculum, the MFA program includes many opportunities to discuss the student’s practice: group critiques and individual studio talks with international art critics, curators and artists are an integral part of the program.

At the end of the MFA-program, all students work towards a final group show presented at the internationally acclaimed Bildmuseet.

The Umeå Academy of Fine Arts faculty is a team of renowned instructors with active, international careers and a strong interest in cross-disciplinary debate, research, and modes of artistic production.

Recent MA program of residing and visiting faculty/guests: Hanne Lippard, Jennifer Chan, Diana Kaur, Annika Ström, Verena Dengler, Saara Hacklin, Fatima Hellberg, Annika Larsson, Power Ekroth, Christoph Draeger, Karl Larsson, Philipp Ekardt, Gean Moreno, Eli Skatvedt, Dennis Dahlqvist, Adrian Notz, Angela Rosenberg, Andreas Schlaegel, Montse Badia, Corinne Charpentier, Lisette Smits, Matt Saunders, Annika Eriksson, Katarina Burin, Florian Zeyfang, Per Nilsson, Maria Anwander, Ruben Aubrecht, Gerd Aurell, Anneé Olofsson, Bettina Allamoda, Heidrun Holzfeind, Olav Westphalen, Samuel Gross, Monica Salazar, Anna Russ, Micael Norberg, Tris Vonna-Michell, Jonas Lund, Billy Davis, Nadim Samman

Dean: Swetlana Heger

Exchange and international residence
Umeå Art Academy is involved in an international exchange with 17 art academies of the Nordic Fine Arts network KUNO and many other international educational institutes within the Erasmus system. Additionally, the Umeå Art Academy offers new exchange programs with the Academy of Visual Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, with the Department of Photography at Chiang Mai University/Thailand and with the Art Department at Chung Ang University/South Korea.

In cooperation with Konstfack/Stockholm, the Umeå Art Academy runs a guest residence apartment in Berlin.

Students from the EU member countries pay no tuition.

Artists/students with diverse backgrounds interested in innovative artistic practice and research are encouraged to apply. For more information, eligibility requirements, etc., please see our website.


Master in Fine Arts at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts: call for applications for fall 2017

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