January 8, 2016

Master in Fine Arts: call for applications

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University
Swetlana Heger, The Chance, 2015. Pigment print on chrome paper, 120 x 80cm. 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 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 in an intimate environment, with international connections through its renowned 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 from 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 artist’s practice: Graduate students are encouraged to develop exhibitions in the Academy’s own gallery that is part of the Arts Campus. Group critiques with international art critics, curators and artists are an integral part of the gallery exhibitions.

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

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

Recent MA program of residing and visiting faculty/guests:
Christoph Draeger, Jonas Lund, Jennifer Chan, Annika Ström, Micael Norberg, Tris Vonna-Michell, Philipp Ekardt, Fatima Hellberg, Gean Moreno, Eli Skatvedt, Dennis Dahlqvist, Adrian Notz, Angela Rosenberg, Andreas Schlaegel, Montse Badia, Corinne Charpentier, Lisette Smits, Matt Saunders, Kristina Jansson, Annika Eriksson, Katarina Burin, Florian Zeyfang, Per Nilsson, Magnus Wallin, Julia Peirone, Maria Anwander, Billy Davis, Ruben Aubrecht, Judith Barry, Uta Meta-Bauer, Gerd Aurell, Nina Canell, Anneé Olofsson, Mara Lee Gerdén, Edith Marie Pasquier, Bettina Allamoda, Joe Wulff, Heidrun Holzfeind, Annika Larsson, Hanne Lippard

Dean: Swetlana Heger

Exchange and international residence
Umeå Art Academy is involved in international exchange with the 16 art academies of the Nordic Fine Arts network KUNO and and other international educational institutes within the Erasmus system. In cooperation with Konstfack, the Umeå Art Academy runs a guest 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.

The online application is open February 1–March 1, 2016.
Application closing date for fall 2016 program is March 1. 

For more information, eligibility requirements, etc., please see our website.



Master in Fine Arts: call for applications at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University

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