Master Fine Arts (MFA) Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Call for Applications - Deadline February 1st. 2011
Two-year, full-time course (120 credits)
*Students from developing countries and countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia to may apply for scholarship for MFA studies in Norway.
Completion of this course leads to the title of Master of Fine Arts. The
Masterâs study programme in Fine Arts trains artists to be independent,
active contributors to contemporary art and related areas of society.
The course equips students to work as creative artists at international
level and for other work requiring creative innovation and aesthetic
The programme aims to extend the studentâs field of practical and
artistic experience and provide a deeper understanding and study of
theoretical issues. The studentâs own artistic work, and a theoretical
project linked to this work, form the core of the course. In addition,
students can specialise in art theory, painting, photography,
sculpture/installation/performance or digital art, focusing on one or a
combination of these areas. Emphasis is placed on a cross-disciplinary
approach and on active collaboration with both national and
The course comprises a combination of self-study, theoretical classes,
practical work and research.âÂâThe Master Degree in Fine Arts consists
of three main parts:â
1. Theoretical subjects and seminars: the student is actively involved
in shaping this part of the course since the theoretical subjects are
developed to underpin his/her practical work and chosen area of study
for the master thesis.
â2. Practical artistic/creative work: the student develops a coherent
body of work, which demonstrates independent thinking and conceptual and
aesthetic creativity. This part of the course includes studio work,
supervision, workshops, exhibitions, shows and presentations. Students
are expected to place their work in an international context by actively
seeking out related international artistic milieus and by working to
develop their contact network.â
3. A master thesis based on the studentâs artistic project. The subject
chosen for the thesis may be linked to the studentâs own practical,
artistic work or may be a theoretical project of the studentâs own
choice. An outline of the content of the proposed thesis must be
attached to the application. The thesis must demonstrate the ability to
apply theory and method to the project under research.
Applicants are required to hold a bachelor degree in fine arts or an
equivalent qualification corresponding to 180 credits. Applicants are
assessed on the basis of the outline of their proposed thesis, a
portfolio of their work, educational qualifications and an interview.
Applications are appraised by a jury whose members come from both inside
and outside The Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
The closing date for admissions is 1st of February 2011