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Master of Fine Arts programme in Fine Arts

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 554 000 SEK
First payment: 138 500 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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This international master’s programme will prepare you to make artistic contributions in the public sphere. The courses focus on the many challenges that face us in being public together and on debates surrounding the roles artists can have in producing that publicness. As a student of the programme, you will explore these themes through the development of research-based practices. You will join a small group of students with diverse backgrounds, and learn with teachers who have considerable research expertise and professional practices.


Complex challenges in society demand that critical relations between art and the public sphere are analysed and re-cultivated. Rethinking what artists may do and make, the terms by which they engage, and the contexts in which they operate may bring further understanding of art and artists’ roles. This programme suggests that art can challenge dominant ideologies, co-conceive of alternate states of being, and make critical contributions to society.

Five one-week intensives per term are interspersed with self-generated activities and teaching. We categorize your learning with three objectives:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • skills and abilities
  • judgement and evaluation

Through the courses, you will develop strategies to consider where, when, and how art operates in the public sphere—for whom, in what forms, and by what means. You will develop research skills by learning how to analyse and contextualize the core concerns that your art addresses, through developing artistic and theoretical methods and articulating forms to communicate them by. With your honed communication, negotiation, and critical skills, you will be able to test what art is and does, and contribute to the debate over what being an artist means. You will be assessed by coursework and oral and written exams.  

Our Academy is intellectually and artistically vibrant, well-equipped, communitarian but outward-looking, globally connected, and alert. The broader University context means there are many other disciplines, forms of knowledge, and expertise that we can access. There is an active student body and interest groups that organize events. Processes for student representation and influence are taken seriously.

You may choose to take part in an exchange programme in the second term via agreements with other schools. The Academy has multiple local, national, and international cross-sector partnerships, including with L’Internationale Online, Gothenburg Konsthall, the Hasselblad Center, and Röda Sten Konsthall, in addition to the PARSE platform for artistic research. Multiple public symposia, seminars, lectures, and conferences make our research public, and your development as an artist will benefit from taking part and learning through these formats.  

Learn more about the teaching staff: Jason E. Bowman, Ann-Charlotte Glasberg-Blomqvist, Dr. Viviana Checchia, Dr. Daniel Jewesbury, Dr. Cathryn Klasto, and Maddie Leach.

Programme structure and content

The first year introduces concepts of publicness and the artist’s role in society. You will identify subjects for artistic investigation, test methods and materials, and locate relevant theories. You will learn to question why, where, when, and how artistic projects operate in the public sphere—for whom, and in what forms.

During the second year, you will rigorously practice artistic investigative skills, increasing your competence by accounting for strategies, decision-making, and theoretical relevance. In term 3 you will write a substantial text and develop processes of for an artistic enquiry. Term 4 includes a co-generative project in the public sphere and you complete your enquiry and establish your future path.

Who should apply?

We want to hear from applicants—from diverse backgrounds—who are alert to contemporary issues in the world and desire an educational context to synthesize this with artistic practices.

You should enthusiastically question society, art and its conventions, and the artist’s role in the public sphere.

You should be motivated to gain research skills for practice and be theory-curious. Our programme combines teaching, self-generated study, and peer-learning, and you should be sufficiently experienced and motivated to take part and benefit from all three.

Is this you? Then apply!

Prerequisites and selection


Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts of 180 ECTS credits or evidence of equivalent. Equivalent knowledge can be skills developed through artistic or other practices and experience of the profession. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level.

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The selection is based on an assessment of submitted work samples and a personal interview.

After graduation

Graduates receive the degree of Master of Fine Arts.

Our alumni include artists exhibiting in galleries, museums, and biennials, producing public and socially-engaged art. Others have established alternative platforms to those of the conventional art world. We have educated activists, cultural producers, academics, curators, critics, educators, commercial gallerists, DJs, tattooists, and farmers.


Based in the centre of Gothenburg, HDK-Valands facilities on Vasagatan 50 where the programme is cunducted, is closely integrated into the city’s cultural life. The facilities consists of lecture spaces, studios, several well-equipped workshops as well as two student-run galleries.

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