Fine art, Master's, 2 years

  • Years2 Years
  • ECTS credits120

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New Student

New Student

Welcome to the Master's Programme in Fine Art, at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD).

We are currently planning as best we can for an informative, smooth and enjoyable semester start, starting 10 August. We understand that it is difficult to plan your arrival to Norway at the time being. We recommend that your postpone purchasing a flight ticket, or buy a flexible ticket.

The semester starts officially on 10 August, but your arrival will depend on when the restrictions on entry from your home country have been lifted. You will find updated information regarding entrance to Norway at UDI¿s website https://www.udi.no/en/about-the-corona-situation/ Mandatory attendance is required under normal circumstances. Due to COVID-19, we kindly ask you submit your planned arrival and attendance in Bergen. You may do so using this form. The information will give KMD an overview of each student¿s status regarding study start. We will contact students who, for any reason have problems concerning travel restrictions or quarantine.

During the semester start week 33, you will meet your fellow students, main supervisor, study adviser, semester start buddies, and be introduced to the artistic community at the Department of Design. Updated program will be announced here.

Some practical information

Please start your student preparations as soon as possible. This website is a useful guide with a handy to do list. Most importantly is to pay the semester fee. This completed, it will allow you to effectively register and get access to KMD¿s main buildings. Entry and access depend on a personal key card. To retrieve such a card you must personally visit the Card center. Due to social distancing guidelines, you have an appointed time at the card center; 11 August from 13 pm to 14.30 pm. More information will be given on Monday 10 August.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student adviser (studieveileder@kmd.uib.no).

We are very much looking forward to meet you, hopefully on 10th of August!

Arrival and Directions Arrival information for new students to UiB.www.uib.no


Objectives and content


The master¿s programme in fine art prepares students for activity as independent, critical practitioners in the field of contemporary art. The programme provides students with the artistic, methodological and theoretical qualifications necessary to work professionally in the complex world of contemporary art. Students develop a broad range of qualifications, including creative thinking, artistic development work, project management and technical knowledge related to their own artistic practice.

Self-directed artistic practice is central in all the semesters. The master¿s project constitutes the main component of the programme. Each student defines his or her own artistic project. The master¿s project is developed over two years through individual research, experimentation, criticism and discussion with the main supervisor, other academic employees, guest teachers and fellow students. The master¿s project can be formulated and developed in relation to a given medium or a combination of media and materials.

The Art Academy - Department of Contemporary Art has workshops, technical expertise and academic supervision competence in photography, graphics, installation, ceramics and clay, sound, painting, performance, sculpture, drawing, textiles, moving images and digital art. A master¿s project can also be based on other criteria, linked to location-specific, relational and/or interdisciplinary approaches.

Through their master¿s project, students become familiar with artistic development work and its methods, which the Universities and University Colleges Act classifies as equivalent to academic research. Artistic development work is based on the artist¿s own experiences and reflection, and contributes to knowledge development on an artistic basis, in the form of artistic results, as well as text and other media.

The Art Academy - Department of Contemporary Art offers a stimulating and challenging learning environment for motivated students. A central objective of the master¿s programme is to promote and establish academic discourse among the students, and thereby stimulate continuous critical reflection on their own and others¿ artistic practices.


Every autumn.

What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: On completion of the programme, graduates should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


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

¿ Identify and assess artistic and ethical challenges and relevant theoretical issues

¿ Analyse, formulate and communicate intentions, values and meaning in artistic work to an audience with varying levels of knowledge about art

¿ Have knowledge about artistic development work as a direction within an academic, artistic context

¿ Establish, maintain, administer and present a professional artistic practice

General competence:

¿ Negotiate and interact effectively with others to initiate artistic projects

¿ Evaluate their own artistic work, and take responsibility for their own academic and artistic development

Study Period Abroad

Study Period Abroad

Exchanges and external project periods: The programme allows for student exchanges and/or external project periods for students in the second semester (MAKU2). This must be pre-approved by the student's main supervisor.

Programme structure

Master i kunst (requirement 120 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
MAKU 1Master Fine Art, 1. semester30-1
MAKU 2Master Fine Art, 2. semester30-2
MAKU 3Master Fine Art, 3. semester30-3
MAKU 4Master Fine Art, 4. semester30-4
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

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About the programme

See full study plan