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Master's Programme in Fine Art

Application deadline for admission in August 2020 is 1 February.

The Master’s Programme in Fine Art provides students with the artistic, methodological and theoretical tools to work in the field of contemporary art, and is designed to stimulate students’ deeper understanding of art and contemporary culture. The study programme is research-based, and the faculty members’ own research forms the basis for teaching.

Our master’s programme consists of four core areas: individual practice, exhibition practice, theory and writing. Each student defines her or his own artistic project to be developed over the course of two years through individual research, experimentation, individual guidance, criticism, and discussion with faculty members and fellow students.

Broad Range

Students have the opportunity to work within and across many different types of media, techniques and materials. These can be combined to suit the topic and goals of the individual MA project.

The study programme centres on the students’ individual projects, which can be formulated and developed in relation to different types of media and facilities. Students have access to workshops, technical expertise and guidance within a broad range of media and materials. This includes ceramics, textiles, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, performance, audio, video and digital art.

Dialogue and Criticism

In addition to the individual MA projects, students participate in group activities. These consist of seminars, lectures, group critiques and shorter courses. To develop critical reflection, the MA programme includes a theoretical curriculum built on a series of lectures and topical seminars in addition to student-driven discussion forums.

The MA programme is not confined by interdisciplinary artistic boundaries – students participate in joint discussions on topics central to today’s artistic discourse. As an MA student in Fine Art, you have a good chance of entering an exchange student programme. Since the exchange programme is an integrated part of your studies, you will not be delayed in your study progress. Each year, approximately 30 of the department’s students go on an exchange programme, and we receive roughly the same number of exchange students ourselves.

At the end of the programme, all MA projects are presented in a public exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall.

 

Admission process

  1. Application deadline: 1 February
  2. Application and portfolio assessment: Week 8, 17 - 21 February
  3. Invitation to interview: Will be sent week 9, 24 - 28 February
  4. Interview: Week 12, 16 - 20 March
  5. Offer of admission published in Søknadsweb: Week 13, 23 - 27 March

See bottom of page under "Application status" for more details about the admission process.

 

Admission requirements

Before you start your application for admission, please check that you have the required academic background. Only applicants who meet the admission requirements can be qualified. If you are not qualified your application will be rejected. 

The Master's Programme in Fine Art requires a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, or other relevant degree equivalent to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits, but normally of 4 years duration.
In the first round of application, the applicants' qualifications will be assessed on the basis of their application, which must include a Letter of Motivation and documentation of relevant artistic production (portfolio).
Applicants who advance to the second round will be interviewed.

Admission to The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design and the University of Bergen is highly competitive.

Academic requirements

  1. You must have obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, normally of minimum 4 years' duration.
    Your degree must be issued by a recognized university or university college.
    You can find the specific requirements for your home country in the country list
  2. You must document your English language proficiency, see below for details.

Language requirement

Applicants who are not native English speakers must document their proficiency in English by taking an internationally recognised English test.

Schedule your test early enough for the results to reach us within the application deadline 1 February.

How to document English language proficiency

Some applicants are exempt from documenting English language proficiency.

Information about exemptions.

 

Application requirements

Deadline for registering your application for entry to the programme in August 2020 is 1 February 2020. The application form will be open from 1 December.

Application form

In the application form you fill in all the necessary information, as well as upload all the required documentation, your portfolio and letter of motivation.

Portfolio

Portfolio requirements are outlined below.

Required documentation

  1. Letter of Motivation
  2. Portfolio
  3. CV including your educational background
  4. Secondary School certificate / High School Diploma
  5. University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s)
  6. Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university) including a description of the grading scale used.
  7. Documentation of English language proficiency
  8. Copy of your passport, or other official ID-card with photo 

    Additional requirement for applicants from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA 
     
  9. Documentation of sufficient funding to obtain a residence permit for studies. Required amount for 2019/2020 was NOK 121 220.Valid forms of documentation of funds:
    • Self-financing: Bank statement/transcript (dated after 1 October 2019) in your name detailing the required amount (NOK 121 220 or the equivalent in any currency)
    • Financing provided by sponsor: Guarantee letter and official bank statement/transcript (dated after 1 October 2019) showing possession of the required amount (NOK 121 220 or the equivalent in any currency)
    • A letter confirming that you are eligible for a scholarship/student loan from your home country.
  10. After admission:
    • You will need a confirmation receipt from UiB as documentation for your application for a residence permit for studies.
      • Transfer the required amount to Sammen's deposit account.
      • UiB will send you a confirmation receipt by email as soon as possible after your transfer.
      • Submit the receipt with your application for a residence permit for studies
    • Only transfer money after you have received your Letter of Acceptance.

If you complete your bachelor's degree in the spring 2020 you must also upload

  • Your higher education completed to date.
  • A list of courses you are registered for and the expected date for completion.

Document requirements

  • We require all documents to be scanned from original documentation.
  • If the original language of your documents is not English or a Scandinavian language, officially certified copies of a translation to one of these languages must accompany certified copies of your documents in the original language.
  • The documents must be uploaded as PDF's of good quality.

 

Letter of Motivation

Your Letter of Motivation should not exceed 2 pages, and should explain:

  • why you are applying for admission to the Master's Programme in Fine Art
  • what expectations you have for your studies on the Master's Programme in Fine Art
  • how you work artistically; what methods, media etc. you intend to use in your work
  • your critical reflections and thoughts around your artistic work to date
  • which artistic topics or issues you want to explore through your studies on the Master's Programme in Fine Art
  • to what context you relate your artistic practice

 

Portfolio

Your portfolio must follow your application to the programme, and must include documentation of relevant artistic production that demonstrates your academic qualifications for carrying out an independent MA project.

Your portfolio must consist of 6-10 works you find to be relevant for you application to the programme.

Your portfolio may contain works in any media you choose, i.e. video, web page or app. Should you wish to present a video, web page or app as part of your portfolio, these must be presented as screenshots in your portfolio along with text and functioning link to the specific webpages where they can be observed.

Your portfolio must appear as one document with multiple pages.
Videos must not exceed 10 minutes in lenght.

Technical specifications for your portfolio:

  • File format: PDF
  • Physical format PDF: Landscape orientation A3 (420 x 297mm)
  • Maximum size: 250 MB
  • Name your file as follows: last name_first name_portfolio.pdf

The application portal has a 20 MB limit per document.
If your portfolio exceeds this limit, you may send us your portfolio via WeTransfer or similar service.
Links for file sharing are sent to admission@kmd.uib.no.

 

Interview

 

The interviews will take place at the The Art Academy - Department of Contemporary Art. We advise all applicants to the Master’s programme in Fine Art to meet in person for the interview.

  • Applicants residing in Europe will be expected to meet in person for the interview.
  • Applicants residing outside Europe may request to have the interview conducted via Skype or equivalent.

An invitation to the interview will be sent to the applicants registered e-mail address. You are required to respond to the invitation.

 

Application status

Your application status in Søknadsweb will be Under consideration until the application process has been finalized.

Applicants who have not yet documented their Bachelor's Degree at the time of acceptance will, if successful, receive a conditional offer of admission.

Applicants whose applications are rejected during the assessment will only be notified through Søknadsweb.

 

Application procedures

1 Feb

Application period: You can change your application and upload new documents until the deadline 1 February.

1 - 17 Feb

Registration period: We check for complete applications and formal requirements.

17 - 21 Feb

Portfolio assessment: Complete applications will be assessed by the relevant jury.

24 - 28 Feb

Invitation to interview: Applicants with an approved application/portfolio will receive an invitation to the interview as part of the admission process to the programme.

16 - 20 March

Interview: Interviews are conducted in the course of one week. Approved applications including the jury’s recommendations will be presented to the Department Head.

23 27 March

Offer of admission: Applicants who are offered admission to the Master’s Programme in Fine Art will have the result published in Søknadsweb. You will also be notified by e-mail.

5 April

Deadline for responding: Applicants with an offer of admission or a place on the waiting list must accept the offer in Søknadsweb. No response will be registered as a negative response to the offer.

5 April

Rejections: Applicants whose application has been declined will only receive notification in Søknadsweb.

By 15 May

Student housing: Apply for student housing as soon as possible and before you apply for a residence permit.

By 15 May

Deposit money: All non-EU/EEA/EFTA applicants must deposit the required amount to SiB’s Deposit Account for International Students in order to receive the required documentation for applying for a residence permit for studies.

By 1 June

Residence permit: Apply for a residence permit for studies.