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Apply for MFA Programme in Fine Arts

This information concerns application for autumn 2022

Portfolio instructions  

Applications are invited from artists who want to interrogate art’s relations to publicness and the role of the artist in society. Applicants working in all media are welcome. We are also interested in applicants who do not have previous education or training in Fine Art. Applicants should want to learn how to use research methods of relevance to artistic practices, and advance writing practices to support contextualisation.

Your application must be anonymous. Do not include name or contact details anywhere in this material. All texts must be in English. 

Your portfolio to the MFA Programme in Fine Arts should include:  

  1. CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) – 2 pages. List previous education, qualifications and relevant experience.
  2. WRITTEN STATEMENTS – Use two written statements to argue the relevance of this MFA to your future development. You must structure these as coherent and organized writing addressing all points, and using the requested amount of characters, which include spaces.

    a) Contextual Statement for Work Samples: 3000 characters maximum. This statement must address: 
  • Social Significance – Discuss the specific problems, challenges or developments in society that your work samples address. Explain their significance to society.
  • Strategies: Describe the most important processes that were involved when developing the samples project/s. Explain why the chosen media and material were the best options.
  • Publicness: Describe how a previous project was made public and why you used that form of distribution or exhibition.
  • Theory: Ground your samples in relevant theory. Credit writers/theorists/artists etc.
  • b) Statement of Intention: 4000 characters maximum. This statement must address:
  • Why this MFA? Introduce how you believe this programme can influence your future development.
  • Publicness and the role of the artist in society: Explain why a focus on both is a priority for you.
  • Research: Explain why you want to develop formal research skills and what you think you will gain.
  • Social Significance: Describe the challenges in society that you want to investigate during the programme. Explain why these are important and what you believe art can contribute to the debates around them.

3. WORK SAMPLES – 5-7 examples. Each may include numerous images etc. Upload any combination of video, sound, still images, text etc. Limit video/sound to a 15-minute total. Give titles, media, dimensions and dates. If you are trained in a discipline other than Fine Art, use samples (artistic or otherwise) of previous projects relevant to this programme.

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Applications are assessed on overall suitability to the programme’s description, education plan and modus operandi via your:

  • Education, qualifications/relevant experience to study this advanced-level programme
  • Capability to study in English at advanced-level, orally and in writing
  • Significance of existing concerns to society
  • Articulation of relevance of methods, media and materials in work samples
  • Capability to contextualise, in writing, using theory
  • Intention to interrogate publicness and the role of the artist in society
  • Intention to develop research skills
  • Capability to articulate questions, challenges or problems in society and potential methods for a future artistic research project

Submit your portfolio  

Submit your portfolio through our portfolio tool SlideRoom   

SlideRoom closes at midnight (CET) on the day of deadline. When you have submitted your portfolio in time, you receive a confirmation e-mail from SlideRoom. 
We recommend that you upload your material 24 hours before the deadline. Please note that it is not possible to submit your portfolio after the application deadline. 

Application, selection & admission  

Documentation of Bachelor’s degree and English 6 

Submit all documentation on that shows you fulfill the entry requirement. It is important that you submit complete documentation and follow the country specific guidelines carefully. More information: Provide application documents .

If you submit incomplete documentation you will be considered unqualified. 

Selection and admission

All complete applications are assessed by a jury consisting of the Programme Director and representatives from the department.  

A number of applicants are selected for interviews. The interviews are held at HDK-Valand or conducted online. Notification on whether you are called for an interview or not will be sent to the email address that is registered on  

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements can be granted exemption if the department judges that the applicant in other ways have demonstrated ability to benefit from the programme. Ability to benefit from the programme can be demonstrated by:

  • other relevant education
  • relevant work experience or other practical experience
  • relevant artistic skills and abilities

Key Dates  

18 October, 2021: Application round opens

17 January, 2022: Last day to apply on 

24 January, 2022: Last day to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom

1 February, 2022: Last day to submit the documents required to prove you are qualified on 

1 February 2022: Last day to pay the application fee or provide proof you are exempted from paying.  

February 2022: Invitations to interviews will be sent out. The invitation is sent to the e-mail address registered on

March 2022: Interviews are held, dates will be published in January.

7 April 2022: Admission results are published on