January 15, 2015

Call for applications: MFA, Critical and Pedagogical Studies

Malmö Art Academy
Stephen Dupont, Darkroom, 2013. Photo: Stephen Dupont.

Malmö Art Academy is an internationally renowned fine arts programme at Lund University, Scandinavia´s largest comprehensive university. The Academy is a state-financed school of fine arts with 74 students offering a three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programme and a two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme. In addition, it offers a two-year MFA programme in Critical and Pedagogical Studies and a Doctorate programme in Fine Arts.

Master’s programme in Fine Arts: Critical and Pedagogical Studies
Full-time, 120 ECTS credits
Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, Sweden
Teaching language: English
Application closing date: 1 April 2015

Critical and Pedagogical Studies
Malmö Art Academy invites you to apply for Critical and Pedagogical Studies, a full-time second-cycle study programme leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree working across borders between art theory, practice and pedagogy. It brings together a small group of postgraduate students from a BFA, MFA, or similar background. The programme is well suited for artists working from a hybrid or expanded practice.

More about the programme
The programme seeks to encourage applied thinking within the artistic field, investigating how we might both produce and discuss art, as well as how educational and pedagogical strategies can be seen as artistic models in an artistic practice and as teaching.

The course is largely based around intensive seminars and workshops led by visiting lecturers, the professors at Malmö Art Academy and the facilitators of Critical & Pedagogical Studies project development. There is a focus on the development of the student’s own projects through group critiques, individual tutorials, and a six-week pedagogical placement where theoretical knowledge is applied to a practical teaching application within an art school, museum or relevant institution. The programme intends to incite experimentation and initiative, especially within the fields of art production, education and theory. Through the structure of the programme there will be a focus on how we discuss, produce, educate and communicate, which challenges students to be critical of how educational structures operate, both within the programme itself and in relation to an educational practice. The programme curriculum also includes a study trip abroad. Previous study trips have been to London, Graz, and Scotland.

Theory will be viewed as practice, and practice will be theorised. Key issues and topics of discussion are pedagogical strategies such as artists teaching artists and the artist’s role in mediating to a public, combined with critical thinking on artistic production, with an openness to learn and experiment. Participants may be involved in developing the programme and its content. The final work towards completion of the degree is developed to bridge theory and practice through individual exam projects and a written thesis. Malmö Art Academy provides participants with a collective workspace, and the participants may use all premises at the Academy, including the library and workshops. Most seminars will take place at the Art Academy.

The international profile is an important feature of the Academy. It is accentuated by the close proximity to Denmark and mainland Europe, as well as by student exchanges with art academies in other countries. The Academy also benefits from the rich and internationally oriented art life in the region, which has many art galleries, museums and other institutions. Guest lectures from visiting artists and theorists as well as various forms of collaborative projects are continuously offered at the Academy.

Previous visiting artists, curators and critics, include Gertrud Sandqvist, Sarat Maharaj, Learning Site, Lisa Le Feuvre, Maria Fusco, Kristina Lee Podesva, Katrine Hjelde, Andrea Ray, Apolonija Šušteršič, Marion von Osten, Marc Herbst/Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Joachim Koester, Jürgen Bock, What, How & For Whom/WHW, and Neil Mulholland, among others.


Programme Director: Maj Hasager, [email protected]
Programme Administrator: Laura Hatfield, [email protected]


General requirement
Applicants must have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent.

For information about admission requirements and how to apply visit the application website here.


Tuition fees
There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. For non-EU/EEA citizens the tuition fee for this programme is SEK 200,000 per year. For details on tuition fees and scholarships, click here.


Malmö Art Academy's MFA: call for applications

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