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Postgraduate course

Master Fine Art, 4. semester

  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeMAKU 4
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian / English.
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Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

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

Objectives and Content


During the fourth semester, students will realise and finalise an art project to be shown at the final degree show. The semester consists mainly of studio practice / a practice period, with supervision activities by the main supervisor. The examination document must be completed and submitted. The semester concludes with an examination related to the project shown in the final degree show.


Completion and public exhibition of a project to be shown in the final degree show.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the examination semester coincide with the overall learning outcomes for the master¿s programme.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies required for contemporary artistic practice at a professional level
  • Develop and execute a major, independent art project and exhibit it in a professional context
  • Analyse, formulate and communicate intentions, values and meaning in artistic work to an audience with and without artistic knowledge
  • Establish, maintain, administer and present an artistic practice professionally
  • Demonstrate knowledge and independent skills in artistic development and apply them effectivel.

General competence:

  • Identify and assess artistic and ethical challenges and relevant theoretical issues
  • Evaluate their own artistic work, and take responsibility for their own academic, artistic and professional development
  • Negotiate and interact effectively with others to initiate artistic projects.

Required Previous Knowledge

Successfully completed MAKU 3.

Access to the Course

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

Teaching and learning methods

Fourth semester

In the final semester, the students must complete their artistic examination projects and complete the accompanying examination document.

The examination project builds on the works the students have developed during the previous three semesters, while the level of ambition has been raised to realisation of a professional-level public art project.

The main supervisor is responsible for the academic supervision of the student¿s artistic practice and reflection paper linked to the final examination. This critical reflection paper usually takes the form of a written text of 3,000¿5,000 words, but other forms are allowed. If the reflection requires a form other than in writing, this should be discussed and approved by the main supervisor.

MA 2 Seminar ¿Practice in context¿:

The students will give a presentation related to their master¿s project. Students must demonstrate the ability to explore a topic, to organise, process and combine source materials, and to comment on and communicate their own observations, reflections and conclusions.

The final degree show

Students take active part in the planning, production and design of the final degree show for the master¿s programme, which is held in a professional exhibition arena. The preparations for the exhibition include production of the exhibition catalogue and planning of professional communications linked to the exhibition. This can include seminars, guided tours and lectures, for example.

Compulsory teaching activities:

Work requirements on the development and completion of works for exhibition in the final degree show. Participation in a minimum of four supervision activities, participation in the final degree show, final examination. Participation in the MA 2 seminar.

Forms of Assessment

During the examination assessment, students are evaluated on the basis of the learning outcomes established for the master¿s programme and associated assessment criteria for the examination. The examination assessment is undertaken by a commission consisting of two external examiners and the student¿s main supervisor. The examination takes the form of an oral discussion that includes a viewing and critical assessment of the master¿s project, including the critical reflection / examination document.


Basis for assessment:

  • Participation in the planning, production and design of the final degree show
  • Participation in the MA 2 seminar
  • Accompanying examination text
  • Artistic works
  • Oral report on the development and completion of the master¿s project during the examination assessment.

Evaluation criteria:

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

Assessment Semester


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 is responsible for administration of the programme of study.



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