Master's Programme in Curatorial Practice
Application deadline for entry Autumn 2021 is 15 April 2021.
The MA in Curatorial Practice is a two-year, low residency, seminar-based education for professional curators working independently or affiliated to institutions. The programme consists of 16 seminars in total. A single seminar is five working days, a double seminar is 8–10 working days.
- Semester 1 consists of two single and one double seminar.
- Semester 2 consists of three single seminars and one individual study trip.
- Semester 3 consists of two single and one double seminar.
- Semester 4 consists of one single and one double seminar, as well as the final exam-seminar.
Some parts of the programme (typically the individual tutorials) will be conducted online.
Applications are accepted every second year. The Faculty encourage applications both from independent curators and those affiliated with institutions. We also welcome applications from art professionals with a practice that is strongly linked to curatorial practice (such as curating artists, educators, writers and others) and those from affiliating fields of culture (theatre, film, literature, music etc.) willing to reflect on and translate their knowledge and practice.
The group of ten candidates will consist of individuals who have a personal commitment to their project and a strong interest in sharing their knowledge and thinking. The candidates should be eager to investigate and question their surroundings and professional contexts in order to create a discussion forum. MA Curatorial Practice is created through a series of seminars, workshops and lectures by a network of peers.
The MA candidates are required to develop, produce and contextualise one project each in a public context, with a responsibility to secure and develop the collaborations necessary to make this happen—with artists and other professionals, funding bodies, art institutions or other sites. You are required to have an idea about what kind of curatorial project you would want to persue during the programme. This is to be presented as a written project outline as part of your application. There is an emphasis on sharing knowledge and debate within and beyond the group of candidates, thus the Faculty will fund a public seminar organised by the candidates in collaboration.
The candidates will graduate in June 2023, provided they have fulfilled the following criteria:
- A minimum of 80 % attendance and participation at seminars.
- Successfully passed semesters 1–3.
- Successfully completed the individual project.
- Submitted documentation of this project (images, sound, video, ephemera etc.).
- Submitted a written piece reflecting on and contextualising the individual project (8,000–12,000 words).
- Passed an oral examination with external examiners.
Previous candidates have in dialogue with their employers incorporated this programme as part of their working practice within institutions willing to invest in their employees and further their professional development.
The Master's Degree in Curatorial Practice qualifies the candidate to apply for admission to the PhD in Artistic Research Programme.
Students on the programme are not required to move to Bergen, and we welcome national, international and inter-cultural applicants to a safe study environment. We are hopeful that the cohort starting autumn 2021 will be able to benefit from an MA programme that can operate without any COVID-19 restrictions but will of course accommodate any particularities that are offered to us by this very special time in history.
- The language of tuition is English.
- There are no tuition fees. (Semester fee payable to the Student Welfare Organization is approx. 600 NOK per semester.)
- Each candidate receives a travel stipend of NOK 10,000 in total over two years.
You can register your application from 1 January through Søknadsweb.
- Application deadline: 15 April
- Application assessment: 25 - 28 May
- Invitation to interview: 31 May - 4 June
- Interview: 14 - 17 June
- Offer of admission published in Søknadsweb: 22 June
See bottom of page under "Application status" for more details about the admission process.
Before you start the application process, please check that you have the required academic/professional background. Only applicants who meet the admission requirements can be qualified. Your application will be rejected if you do not meet the requirements.
The Master's Programme in Curatorial Practice requires a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art or other relevant field of study, 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 curatorial practice (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.
- 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.
- 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. Please see the country list to review if this applies to you.
Schedule your test early enough for the results to reach us within the application deadline 15 April.
Some applicants are exempt from documenting English language proficiency.
Deadline for registering your application for entry to the programme Autumn 2021 is 15 April. The application form will be open from 1 February.
In the application form you fill in all the necessary information, as well as upload all the required documentation, your portfolio, project outline and letter of motivation.
Portfolio, Letter of Motivation and Project Outline
Portfolio and Letter of Motivation requirements are outlined below.
- Letter of Motivation
- Project Outline
- CV showing your educational background
- Secondary School certificate (applies to international applicants)
- University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) with a grading scale documenting your Bachelor's Degree
- Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university)
- Documentation of at least two years of professional practice as a curator
- Documentation of English language proficiency (applies to international applicants)
- Copy of your passport, or other official ID-card with photo (applies to international applicants)
- 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 (PDF). The letter must state:
- Why you are applying for admission to the Master's Programme in Curatorial Practice.
- What expectations you have for your studies on the Master's Programme in Curatorial Practice.
- A brief description of your curatorial practice to date.
- Your critical reflections and thoughts around your curatorial practice to date.
- Which professional and curatorial themes or questions you propose to investigate during your studies on the Master's Programme in Curatorial Practice.
- What context you relate your curatorial practice to.
Your Project Outline should not exceed one page (PDF).
The outline should show that you have given some thoughts to what kind of project you would like to persue as part of your studies on the programme.
Your project is something you will develop further, perhaps change, and complete as part of your studies.
Should you be called for an interview as part of the admission process you must be prepared to discuss your Project Outline in greater detail.
Your portfolio must follow your application to the programme, and include documentation of relevant curatorial production that demonstrates your academic/professional qualifications for carrying out an independent MA project.
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 link to the specific webpages where they can be seen.
Your portfolio must appear as one document with multiple pages.
Videos should not exceed 10 minutes in length.
Technical specifications for your portfolio:
- File format: PDF
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The interviews will take place in week 24; 14 - 18 June.
All interviews will be conducted online in English.
An invitation to the interview will be sent to the applicants registered e-mail address. You are required to respond to the invitation.
Your application status on Søknadsweb will be Under consideration until we have finished the processing.
1 Jan - 15 April
Application period: You can change your application as well as upload relevant documentation up until the application deadline of 15 April.
15 April -21 May
Registration period: All applications are checked for documentation.
25 - 28 May
Application assessment: All complete applications will be assessed by the jury.
Invitation to interview: All applicants whose application was approved by the jury will be called for the interview as part of the admission process.
14 - 17 June
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.