Apply for MFA Programme in Fine Arts
This information concerns applications to the Master's programme in Fine Arts.
- Apply for the programme at www.universityadmissions.se
Application deadline: January 15
- Submit your portfolio through SlideRoom https://applyartsgu.slideroom.eu
Portfolio deadline: January 22
An application is not valid without a submitted portfolio.
Irrespective of chosen media, previous training and you will be motivated to interrogate art’s relations to publicness and the figure of the artist in societies. Theory-curious, you will want to be introduced to applying investigative (research) methods for artistic practices, including the role that writing plays in contextualisation. This is what we mean by artistic enquiry.
Your portfolio to the MFA Programme in Fine Arts should include:
- CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) – 2 pages. List previous education, qualifications and relevant experience.
- WORK SAMPLES – 5-7 examples. Each may include numerous images. Upload any combination of video, sound, stills, writings, exhibitions etc. Limit all video/sound to a 15-minute total. Give titles, media, dimensions and dates. Trained in a discipline other than Fine Art? Construct alternative examples that evidence the relevance of your previous experience to this specific programme.
- WRITTEN STATEMENTS – use two written statements to collectively argue the relevance of this MFA to your future development. You must structure these as coherent and organized writing that fully addresses the following: you can use the titles and sub-headings below.
(i) Contextual Statement for Work Samples: 550 words total. This statement should address:
- Social Significance – 150 words. Tell us the specific problems, challenges or developments in society that the work samples address. Explain their societal importance and how they relate to publicness.
- The Artist’s Role – 100 words. What do you think is the role of the artist in society? Explain what the public figure of the artist means to you.
- Media, Methods and Materials – 150 words. Tell us about the processes used to produce the samples. Explain your choices of specific media, methods, materials and how they reached publics.
- References – 150 words. Offer theories and/or artistic reference/s that relate to your work samples overall, or a specific sample. Explain their relevance to the sample/s. Credit writers/theorists/artists etc..
(ii) Statement of Intention: 500 words total. This statement should address:
- Why this MFA – 150 words. Tell us why this specific MFA programme and institution are relevant to your future development. Explain why learning about publicness and the role of the artist, and gaining research skills is a priority for your development.
- Your Intentions – 350 words: Tell us what future questions/problems/ challenges you may want to investigate during your studies. Explain clearly why these are also of possible importance societally: to others, not just to you. Connect these directly to your current thoughts on publicness and consideration of the figure and role of the artist in society. Give a description of what you think the processes of investigating these questions etc. may involve and how they may reach a public.
Your application must be anonymous. Do not include name or contact details anywhere in this material. All texts must be in English.
- Capacity to study in English at advanced- level, orally and in writing
- Previous explorations of problems, challenges and concerns related to the public sphere
- Command over media, methods and materials and their application to the concerns of the work samples
- Capacity to contextualise via references, in writing
- Capacity to articulate questions, challenges or problems of for a future artistic enquiry significance
- Intention to further interrogate publicness and the role of the artist in society at an advanced level
Submit your portfolio
Submit your portfolio through our portfolio tool SlideRoom: https://applyartsgu.slideroom.eu
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.
Please note that it is not possible to submit your portfolio after the application deadline.
More information about SlideRoom here: About Slideroom
Application, selection & admission
Documentation of Bachelor’s degree and English 6
Submit all documentation on antagning.se/universityadmissions.se that shows you fulfill the entry requirement. It is important that you submit complete documentation and follow the country specific guidelines carefully. More information: Required 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 universityadmisssions.se.
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 programme. Ability to benefit from programme can be demonstrated by:
- other relevant education
- relevant work experience or other practical experience
- relevant artistic skills and abilities
- 16 October, 2020: Application round opens.
- 15 January, 2021: Last day to apply on www.universityadmissions.se.
- 22 January, 2021: Last day to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom.
- 1 February, 2021: Last day to submit the documents required to prove you are qualified on www.universityadmissions.se.
- 1 February 2021: Last day to pay the application fee or provide proof you are exempted from paying.
- February 2021: Invitations to interviews will be sent out. The invitation is sent to the e-mail address registered on universityadmissions.se.
- March 2021: Interviews are held. Dates will be published in January.
- February - March 2021: Your formal academic qualifications are assessed.
- 9 April 2021: Admission results are published on www.universityadmissions.se.