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Apply for MFA Programme in Fine Arts

This information concerns application for autumn semester 2023

Portfolio instructions  

Applications are invited from artists who want to interrogate art’s relations to publicness and the role of art and of  the artist in society. We may consider applicants educated in other disciplines who also want to investigate these concerns. Applicants working in all media are welcome. Applicants should want to learn how to use research methods of relevance to artistic practices, and advance their 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 that address all points, and use the requested amount of characters, which include spaces.

    a) Contextual Statement for Work Samples: 3500 characters maximum. This statement must address: 
  • Social Significance – Identify 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 you chose these media and materials.
  • Publicness: Describe how a previous project was made public and why you used that form of distribution or exhibition.
  • Theory: Describe your current relationship to theory. Give an example of how theory has informed your practice.
  • b) Statement of Intention: 4000 characters maximum. This statement must address:
  • Why this MFA? State why 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 to others 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 media and materials in work samples.
  • Capability to contextualise in writing.
  • 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 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 has in other ways 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  

17 October, 2022: Application round opens

16 January, 2023: Last day to apply on 

23 January, 2023: Last day to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom

1 February, 2023: Last day to submit the documents required to prove you are qualified on 

1 February, 2023: Last day to pay the application fee or provide proof you are exempted from paying.  

February 2023: Invitations to interviews will be sent out. The invitation is sent to the e-mail address registered on

March 2023: Interviews are held, dates will be published in January.

30 March, 2023: Admission results are published on