January 28, 2013

Master in Fine Arts: call for applications

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University

Beautifully located on the banks of the Umeälven river in Umeå, a university town and center of trade activities, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts is the northernmost of all five Swedish Art Academies. Within the evolving Arts Campus, and together with the School of Architecture, Institute of Design, HUMlab, and BildMuseet, our school is part of a new 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 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 independent individual projects, lectures, seminars, master classes and field research. Well-equipped workshops for photo, video, sound and other computer-based work, as well as for wood, metal, plaster, bronze, printmaking, etc., are open to all students. Each student is provided a studio space, and all teachers at the school are available as supervisors. Umeå Academy of Fine Arts engages also in individual modular programs, where times of intensive presence can interchange with research abroad. 

Over the 2-year curriculum, the MFA program includes many opportunities to discuss the artist’s practice: Graduate students are encouraged to develop a solo show in our gallery that is part of the Arts Campus. At the end of the MFA program, all students work towards a final group show in close cooperation with a professional curator, including an extensive catalogue, and installed in the internationally renowned Umeå 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. Faculty includes Roland Spolander, Per Nilsson, Swetlana Heger, Rasmus Nielsen of SUPERFLEX, Florian Zeyfang, Carin Ellberg, Magnus Wallin, Ann Edholm, Julia Peirone, Erla Haraldsdottir and Micael Norberg. 

Our program of visiting faculty and guests included Sabeth Buchmann, Martha Wilson, Jan Verwoert, Chto Delat, Miklós Erhardt, Johanna Billing, Maria Lind, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, John Akomfrah, Emily Roysdon, Alejandra Salinas & Aeron Bergman, Dominic Eichler, Martin Ebner, Sven-Olof Wallenstein, Walid Raad, Judith Hopf, Anselm Franke, Kayle Brandon, Lars Mathisen, Ariane Müller, Adnan Yildiz, Mara Lee Gerdén, Niklas Goldbach, Melati Suryodarmo, Florian Wüst, Francois Bucher, Ian White, Zineb Sedira, and many more. 

Umeå Art Academy is involved in international exchange with the sixteen schools of the Nordic Fine Arts network KUNO, the Art Academy in Vienna, the Städelschule in Frankfurt, and others within the Erasmus system. As of 2013, our school runs project studio spaces in Berlin and Barcelona.

Students from the EU member states pay no tuition.

Artists/students with diverse backgrounds interested in innovative artistic practice and research are encouraged to apply. 

The web application is open 1 March–1 April.
Application closing date for Fall 2013 program is April 1.
For more information, eligibility requirements, etc., please see our web site:
or contact Jeanette Nilsson: T +46 90 786 6864 / [email protected]




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