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Postgraduate course

Master Fine Art, 1. semester

  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMAKU 1
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian/English
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Place of Instruction

Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen.

Objectives and Content

At the beginning of the first semester, the students will participate in a study trip and subsequent workshop. Students can choose to attend courses and lectures that are relevant to their own practice and/or work independently to develop their own work during the studio practice / project period. Students must attend a minimum of four supervision situations with their main supervisor. The semester concludes with presentation of the portfolio.


Students should be able to work independently on a preliminary project for the master¿s project with proposals for further development for the next semester.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:

Knowledge and skills:

  • Apply and develop relevant approaches and methods in their own artistic work.
  • Perform, communicate and document artistic activities at a higher professional and academic level, orally and in writing.
  • Master and combine methods for exploring and developing an independent master¿s project.
  • Assess their own artistic practice in light of knowledge about contemporary and/or historical art practices.

General competence:

  • Collaborate with others on analysis and critical reflection linked to visual and/or other topics.
  • Present ideas effectively in a group situation

Access to the Course

The course is an offering to students admitted to the master¿s programme in fine art.

Teaching and learning methods

The first semester starts with an introductory study trip for students. The purpose is to get to know one another and create a common platform.


The introductory workshop includes group presentations where each student must present and explain their work to their fellow students. The students work in small groups. They introduce their works to each other and discuss how to make presentations to the group as a whole. The workshop may also include specific group assignments that help the students integrate and establish an academic community.

Studio practice 1 / project period

From September to December, the students work on developing and executing works that they will present for the semester assessment. Here, the students can test out ideas, methods and media related to their practice. The focus for this period is artistic experimentation with relevance to the master¿s project. Students choose the extent to which they want to attend relevant courses, workshops and/or other activities led by academic staff, guest teachers and/or technicians, after clarification with their main supervisor.

For the semester assessment, students submit a portfolio with a written report, containing a summary of the semester and proposals for a project to be developed during the next semester.


Compulsory teaching activities:

The semester has compulsory attendance and participation requirements for study trips, workshops, participation at a minimum of four individual and group supervision sessions with the main supervisor, and the semester assessment.

Compulsory coursework requirements include development of own works in the studio practice / project period and submission of the semester report

Grading Scale

Pass / Fail.

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated regularly, in line with the guidelines for quality assurance at the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The programme board coordinates the programme of study and advises the department and faculty in matters pertaining to academic priorities, courses and quality development.

Course Coordinator

The programme board coordinates the programme of study and advises the department and faculty in matters pertaining to academic priorities, courses and quality development.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, represented by the Department of Fine Art, is responsible for administration of the programme of study.



Tel. (+47) 55 58 73 00

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: En visuell del og en skriftlig del

    Submission deadline
    29.11.2021, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam