The programme is a full-time programme with admission each autumn.

Language of Instruction

English - supervision is offered in English and Norwegian or another Scandinavian language


Every autumn.

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.

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

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements:

The master¿s programme builds on a bachelor¿s degree in fine art, or other relevant degree equivalent to 180 credits.

Applicants are assessed on the basis of the application they submit, which comprises a description of their motivation, documentation of relevant artistic work (portfolio) and an interview.

Requirements regarding the description of motivation:

The description of the applicant¿s motivation for applying should have a scope of 1¿2 A4 pages. It should describe:

¿ Why the applicant wants to be admitted to the Department of Fine Art¿s master¿s programme in fine art, and what expectations he or she has for the master¿s programme at the Department of Fine Art

¿ How the applicant works artistically and which methods, media etc. he or she intends to use

¿ The applicant¿s critical reflections and thoughts concerning their own artistic production so far

¿ What artistic topics or issues the applicant wants to explore through the master¿s programme

¿ The context to which the applicant relates his/her own artistic practice

Portfolio requirements

The portfolio should contain documentation of relevant artistic production that demonstrates that the applicant is qualified to execute an independent master¿s project.

Language requirements:

To be able to participate in the programme, applicants must have a good mastery of English at the start of studies. The working languages are English and Norwegian and/or other Scandinavian languages. Supervision is offered in both languages.

Compulsory units

Semester course MAKU 1, Semester course MAKU 2, Semester course MAKU 3, Semester course MAKU 4.

Sequential Requirements, courses

Semester course MAKU 1, Semester course MAKU 2, Semester course MAKU 3, Semester course MAKU 4.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods:

Own practice and individual project works are integrated with and supported through individual supervision, group supervision and a consistent contextual programme. This includes writing courses and theory seminars, etc. Master¿s students can also attend courses and other teaching at the department. Elective courses, etc. must be in accordance with the individual student¿s needs and have been agreed with the student¿s main supervisor.

Academic supervision

At the start of the master¿s programme, the Department of Fine Art appoints a main supervisor for each student. The main supervisor is the student¿s main contact person on academic and artistic issues and is responsible for assessing the student¿s progress. The main supervisor is responsible for the academic supervision of the student¿s artistic practice and reflection text in the final examination.

Academic supervision will include discussions of conceptual, methodological and theoretical aspects of artistic practice. Supervision will take place at the student¿s place of work, workshops, project rooms and exhibitions. Some supervision sessions will take place in groups led by an academic employee. Students are also encouraged to organise their own groups for critiquing each other¿s work, group study and discussion.

Students must have at least four meetings with their main supervisor each semester. Some of these can take place as group meetings / supervision sessions. Some students may want or need further academic supervision during their work on the master¿s project. It is up to the individual student to contact and make arrangements with any co-supervisors among the department¿s academic staff.

Lectures and student-led activities

The master¿s programme presupposes each student¿s initiative, presence and participation. In periods, students will work in groups on joint academic activities. Examples include planning and execution of student-led lecture programmes, exhibitions and study trips.

Lectures and seminars cast light on topical and relevant issues related to art, philosophy and cultural theory. They may include lectures by the Department of Fine Art¿s employees and guest teachers, as well as seminars on specialisation subjects and discussions. Every course includes lectures and seminar programmes.

Student-led lecture programme

In the second year, the master¿s students are responsible for the planning and execution of the annual guest lecturer programme. Student representatives plan and organise the lecture programme.

MA 1 Seminar ¿Practice in context¿: During the second semester (MAKU 2), students present selected works, in the light of their own practice, to the academic staff and their fellow students.

MA 2 Seminar ¿Practice in context¿: During the third semester (MAKU 3), students make a presentation related to the master¿s project as a whole. The students must problematise and contextualise their work in the presentation.

Writing courses

The teaching offered includes a series of short courses and individual supervision focusing on text production and various textual practices. Supervision is provided in both academic and creative writing.

Preparation for professional practice

Professional preparation courses are offered throughout the entire programme. Different practices and artist roles are contextualised and discussed by a number of actors from different parts of the contemporary art field. The content can vary from year to year, to address topical professional interests and needs.

Assessment methods

Assessment forms:

Portfolio assessment on completion of semesters 1¿3 by two academic employees, one of whom is the student¿s main supervisor. The master¿s programme concludes with an examination in the fourth semester, with the main supervisor and two external examiners.

Grading scale

¿Pass¿ / ¿fail¿

Diploma and Diploma supplement

Diplomas are issued once the degree has been completed.

Access to further studies

Successful completion of the programme results in the award of a Master¿s degree in fine art. The master¿s degree qualifies graduates to apply for admission to the PhD programme in artistic development work.


The master¿s programme is under constant evaluation 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.

Administrative responsibility

The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, represented by the Department of Fine Art, is responsible for administration of the course and the programme of study.

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact the programme¿s student adviser: Studieveileder@kmd.uib.no Tel. (+47) f 55 58 7300

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.