Contemporary Art – master (120 ECST)
Application deadline: March 1sth
The master’s programme is a two-year English-instructed course, which aims to provide graduates with a unique point of departure into the art world as professional artists. The programme is aimed at emerging artists who seek to advance their practice discursively and independently. Students are encouraged to develop their own initiatives within the programme, which provides a balanced insight into contemporary issues from both local and international perspectives. Completion of the programme will earn graduates a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art.
Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art aims to promote independent and critical thinking; throughout the course of two years, students are expected to take increasing responsibility for their master’s project in preparation for professional life beyond academy walls. By means of academic programming and collective research, the academy aims to advance a more profound understanding of the nature of the field of artistic practice, and to develop new and different methodologies within this field. Students accepted into the programme have access to individual work-spaces, project rooms, various workshops, and funds to plan and carry out academic and research components during their course. The programme includes study trips, individual and group exhibitions, and collaborations with other professional artistic institutions and venues in Tromsø, Norway and abroad. The final MA exhibition is held at Tromsø Kunstforening, one of Norway’s most prestigious art institutions.
Situated in the arctic city of Tromsø, the Academy offers a particular vantage point towards an increasingly siginificant geopolitical region The Arctic – with it’s rich history of exploration, science, trade, culture and cohabitation between indigenous and Norwegian populations. Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art is the world’s northernmost fine arts school. Only a small number of students are accepted each year for courses in both fine arts and creative writing. The academy hosts a substantial international community, currently comprised of students and guest teachers from parts of Europe, Southeast Asia, The Americas and Canada, Australia and East Africa. The first MA students were enrolled in 2012, and in the autumn of 2013 the Academy accepted its first research fellows. The art academy is included as a department in the Faculty of Fine Arts, which also comprises the departments of landscape architecture, music and drama; this structure supports collaboration and meaningful exchange between the different departments. The art academy aims to maintain a high, international standard of education, and to develop further the particular characteristics, which have helped to establish the academy as a unique programme unlike others in its field.