Fine Art - master


The programme Master in Fine Art is a two-year course that aims to give the students a unique footing for their future advancement in research, theory and professional artistic practice. The programme is aimed at emerging artists who seek to deepen their practice in a context that is studio and workshop oriented and where they are encouraged to develop their own initiatives. To contribute to the programme provides a balanced insight between local and international issues of importance to contemporary society.





Varighet:2 Years
Location: Tromsø
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master Degree in Fine Art
Admission requirements:See below
Application deadline:1 March
Application code:8038 for Nordic and 2053 for International applicants
How to Apply

The objective of the Master's degree programme in Fine Art is to develop the student's ability to work as a professional artist. The programme aims to reflect the contemporary conceptions of what it means to work as a professional artist and thereby offer students the opportunity to develop their individual ambitions to work professionally in the field of fine arts. As the main objective is to educate artists, the creation of works of art, exhibitions and other artistic expressions constitutes the most important aspects in the programme of study. The programme also provides a foundation for other professional roles in and relating to the field of art.



After passing the programme, the candidate has the following learning outcome:


  • In-depth knowledge of artistic methods and techniques
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant art history, theory and professional ethics
  • Thorough knowledge of presentation, documentation, ability to reflect on and place artistic works in context, produced by oneself or by others
  • Knowledge of the planning and complexion of a solo exhibition and text production
  • In-depth knowledge of the prerequisities for artistic practice in a societal perspective


  • Ability to present, contextualize and reflect on artistic works produced by oneself or by others, both in written and oral form
  • Ability to plan and implement artistic projects in different display formats and contexts

General proficiency

  • Practical and theoretical understanding of artistic work at a high professional level
  • Understanding of various ethical issues related to artistic work
  • Ability to analyze relevant professional and research ethical issues and to apply them in artistic work at a high professional level
  • Ability to innovate in both artistic production and in methods of communication

Admission to the Master's programme Fine Art requires:

  • Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in Fine Art or equivalent education at university or university college level. The applicant must have at least three semesters (minimum 80 ECTS) of concentrated studies in Fine Art, Architecture, Performative Art of Design.
  • Accepted portfolio - Requirements for portfolio
  • Written reflections in English on the submitted work samples (maximum of two pages)
  • Written description in English about artistic direction and focus (maximum of one page)
  • Interview

Admission will be determined by an overall assessment of the applicant's qualifications, the quality of previous artistic work demonstrated by submitted portfolio and an interview.

The application must include:

  • Documentation of Bachelor Degree and Certificate of Upper Secondary Education
  • Written reflections
  • Portfolio
  • Please upload all documents via "Søknadsweb"

The teaching will provide the students with tools that enable them to acquaint themselves in the international art field, and to reflect on and competently discuss artistic work, produced by themselves or others, both textually and orally.The learning activities are centered on the student's studio practice and presentations of artistic work. The programme includes workshops, seminars, artist talks, studio discussions and supervision.The student must both attend group exhibitions and solo exhibitions, as well as participate in other learning activities.

The curriculum for work requirements and examinations can be found in the course descriptions.Examination and assessment methods: portfolio assessment, written coursework, oral presentations and exhibitions.The student must pass each subject in order to proceed to the next level.

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Blichfeldt, Merete Elise

Telefon: +4777660742


When will I be informed whether I am invited to an interview or not?  Depending on the committees decision, you will receive an invitation with suggested date and time before the end of April

Do I have to travel to Norway for the interview? It is possible to do the interview over Skype.

Who is going to take part in the interview? The interviews are done by members of the admission committee, which consists of The Head of Department, one member of the academic staff, one external  member who usually are a curator or an artist and student representatives

I do not have a Bachelor degree in Fine Art, but from another field. Am I eligible for the Master of Fine Arts program? The committee will consider whether a degree from another field is equivalent to BA degree in fine arts or not

How much teaching is there in the MA-program? The education is based on individual studio practice with regular teaching in the format of seminars, workshops, studio visits, lectures, excursions, exhibitions, group critiques etc. 

Do I have to live in Tromsø? All students are expected to reside in Tromsø, it is a prerequisite to be able to follow the teaching that is offered and to develop the practice to an expected level.

Do I need to have several years of working experience within art and design to qualify for a place at the academy? The emphasis in the admission process is the quality of the submitted work examples. The academy accepts only a small number of students per year and receives applications from many highly qualified applicants, which implies that having working and study experience is an advantage in the admission process

Does the application constitute a great deal of work? The amount of work that is necessary for the application is depending of the amount of artistic work that each applicant already have done, i.e. the examples of works that are each applicant is requested to submit. The formal aspects of the application is not particularly demanding.

Will I get my own studio? The academy have excellent working facilities with several easily accessible workshops and large studio spaces that can be divided into individual compartments. The studio spaces range between 20 to 30 sqm, and working spaces between 10 to 20 sqm.

Is the program taught entirely in English? The MA program is an international program taught in English

Does UiT charge tuition fees? There are no tuition fees, however there is a small semester fee of NOK 500,00

I am a resident outside of the EU. Do I need a visa to enter Norway? All non EU residency need visa, please read more here 

I've received an acceptance to the Master programme and now need a place to live. What do I do next? Please follow this link for information about how and where to apply for housing.  

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