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Postgraduate course

Master Fine Art, 2. semester

  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeMAKU 2
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian / English.
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Teaching semester

Spring semester.

Place of Instruction

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

Objectives and Content

In the second semester, students should be able to plan and carry out a delimited work for public display. Students must participate in and present their works at the seminar MA1 ¿Practice in context¿ and attend a minimum of four supervision sessions with their main supervisor. They will also have the opportunity to take part in a study trip and to participate in relevant courses, workshops, lectures and other activities relevant to the development of their own work. The semester concludes with presentation of the student¿s portfolio for evaluation.


Students should be able to develop and execute a project that will lay the foundation for further development of the examination project in the second year of the programme.

Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge and skills:

  • Students should be able to demonstrate a further development of their artistic works from the first semester, through mastery of complex academic processes at a higher level.
  • Plan, execute and communicate a delimited self-initiated artistic work, which will be included in a group exhibition (the MA 1 exhibition)

General competence:

  • Students should be able to demonstrate a high level of reflection around their own and others¿ art production.
  • Be able to collaborate with his/her fellow students on the planning and execution of practical tasks and activities related to the exhibition.

Required Previous Knowledge

Successfully completed MAKU 1.

Access to the Course

The course is an offering to students admitted to the Master¿s programme in Fine Art.

Teaching and learning methods

Second semester

In the second semester, the students plan and produce a group exhibition, which is open to the public.

Studio practice 2 / project period:

The students develop and execute a limited work that builds on the experiences and knowledge gained during the first semester, and lays the foundation for the student¿s examination project in the second year of the programme.

For the semester assessment, students submit a portfolio that includes a report documenting and summarising the semester, and includes a critical reflection on their own work during the first year of the programme.

MA 1 Seminar ¿Practice in context¿:

In this group seminar, each student presents their own project and the status of their work so far. The presentation should include documentation, contextual references, and critical reflection around the project.



The MA 1 exhibition is a group exhibition where each student presents work they have developed during the second semester. The exhibition is wholly planned, set up and carried out by the students themselves.

Study trip:

The master¿s programme study trip is a group trip with museum visits, exhibitions and meetings with artists, curators and other practitioners in the cultural field. The programme and destination vary according to the exhibitions that are on. The study trip is optional for all master¿s students.

Compulsory teaching activities:

The semester has compulsory work requirements for the development of a separate project in the studio practice / the project period, which must be clarified with the main supervisor. The students must also submit a compulsory semester report.

There are requirements concerning attendance and participation in a minimum of four individual and group supervision sessions with the main supervisor, participation in the MA1 seminar ¿Practice in context¿, participation in the MA1 exhibition, and participation in the semester assessment.

Forms of Assessment

Semester assessment takes place towards the end of the semester. The assessment is conducted in the form of a 45 minute oral conversation with the student¿s main supervisor and another academic employee, where the student receives structured feedback on his/her own work and progress.


Basis for assessment

  • Attendance at compulsory teaching activities
  • Participation in the MA 1 exhibition
  • Presentation of own artistic practice during the MA 1 seminar
  • Semester report: documentation and summary of the student¿s studio practice and/or the project period, critical reflection on his/her own work in the first year of study, and more detailed proposals for the final master¿s project
  • Oral report on own learning and work effort during the semester assessment


Assessment criteria

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Expertise
  • Experimentation
  • Realisation
  • Communication and presentation
  • Collaboration and independent professional work

Grading Scale

Pass / Fail.

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

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

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.



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