Master's Programme in Fine Art
Application deadline for entry in August 2020 is 1 February. You can register your application from 1 December 2019.
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.
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.
- Application deadline: 1 February
- Application and portfolio assessment:
- Invitation to interview:
- Offer of admission published in Søknadsweb:
See bottom of page under "Application status" for more details about the admission process.
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.
Admission to The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design and the University of Bergen is highly competitive.
- You must have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art or equivalent. Find specific requirements for your home country in our country list.
- You must document your English language proficiency, see below for details.
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.
Applicants from some English-speaking African countries, and applicants with a degree taught in English from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East are not exempt from submitting an English language test.
Deadline for registering your application for entry to the programme in August 2020 is 1 February. The application form will be open from 1 December.
The Master's Programme in Fine Art requires a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art or equivalent education corresponding to 180 ECTS credits. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of submitted documentation of relevant artistic production (portfolio), written Letter of Motivation, and an interview.
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 and Letter of Motivation
Portfolio and Letter of Motivation requirements are outlined below.
- Letter of Motivation.
- CV showing your educational background.
- Secondary School certificate.
- University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) with a grading scale documenting your Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art.
- Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university).
- Documentation of English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers).
- Copy of your passport or picture ID including full name, date of birth and gender.
Additional requirement for applicants from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA:
- Documentation of sufficient funding to obtain a residence permit for studies. Required amount for 2019/2020 was NOK 121 220.
How to document funds:
- You will need a confirmation receipt from UiB as documentation.
- 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 study permit.
- Only transfer money after you have received your Letter of Acceptance.
- You will need a confirmation receipt from UiB as documentation.
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.
- 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.
You upload your portfolio in your application on Søknadsweb. Your portfolio must consist of 6-10 works you find to be relevant for you application to the programme, and must include documentation of relevant artistic production that demonstrate your academic qualifications for carrying out an independent MA project.
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 represented as screenshots in your portfolio along with text and functioning link to the specific webpages where they can be seen. 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
If you encounter problems uploading to Søknadsweb, you may also send us your portfolio via WeTransfer or similar service. Links for file sharing are sent to email@example.com.
Letter of Motivation
Your Letter of Motivation should not exceed 2 pages. The letter must show:
- 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 themes or questions you propose to investigate during your studies on the Master's Programme in Fine Art.
- What context you relate your artistic practice to.
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 will be required to respond to the invitation as indicated in the letter.
Your application status on Søknadsweb will be Under consideration until we have finished the processing.
Applicants completing their Bachelor's degree in Spring 2020 will, if successful, receive a conditional offer of admission.
Applicants whose applications are rejected during the assessment will only be notified through Søknadsweb.
Application period: You can change your application and upload new documents until the deadline 1 February.
Registration period: We check that the applications are complete and meet the formal requirements.
Portfolio assessment: Complete applications will have their portfolio assessed by the relevant jury.
Invitation to interview: All applicants with an approved portfolio will receive an invitation to the interview as part of the admission process to the programme.
Interview: All interviews are conducted during the same week. All approved applications including the jury’s recommendations will be presented to the Department Head.
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.
Rejections: Applicants whose application has been declined will only receive notification in Søknadsweb.
Student housing: Apply for student housing as soon as possible and before you apply for a residence permit.
Deposit money: All non-EU/EEA/EFTA applicants must deposit the required amount to SiB’s Deposit Account for International Students in order to obtain a residence permit for studies.
Residence permit: Apply for a residence permit for studies.