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MFA Programme in Crafts, Ceramic Art

Master’s programme
2 years
120 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
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Application code
GU-6A50D
Tuition
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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Summary

The master’s programme in Crafts specializing in ceramic art is based on artistic exploration through materials and concepts. As a student of the programme, you will gain a deeper understanding of material, explore the richness in variation in ceramic expression, and investigate the dialogue between practitioner, method, material, and the surrounding world. You will develop skill-based knowledge and enhance your execution of artistic work based on your own artistic inquiries within ceramic art.

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About

All societies need reference points to form their future and to orient themselves in the present. Crafts constitute such a reference point through their associations with human needs and activities. The subject of crafts extends from tradition to science, forming an exciting, artistic arena. The master’s programme in Crafts at the Academy of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg is an all-encompassing environment that involves constant exchange and interaction between undergraduate education, research, and society.
The master’s programme in Crafts has three specializations: • jewellery art• ceramic art • textile art 

A balance of collaborative work environment and individual development

The courses in the programme are taken together with students from the other specializations, but your work will be done within ceramic art. During your education, you will develop your ability to initiate and resolve artistic projects creating vital confidence with your own working methods. This demands independence and the capacity for initiative. As a student, you will have the opportunity to broaden your frame of reference, develop exploratory artistic working methods, and deepen your technical and theoretical knowledge. Our study groups are small and you will work in close cooperation with fellow students and staff. Additionally, you will have an individually allocated workplace and generous access to the school.

Support in shaping your artistic expression

Artistic exploration through materials and concepts is the basis of the programme. Course work encourages the development of skill-based knowledge, fosters debate about the meaning of material inquiries, and investigates the conceptual identity of the crafts. Through studio work, theory, writing, and reflection, you will shape your artistic expression, and will have further support with lectures, seminars, and supervision. The artistic and investigatory process comprises the foundation of the programme and you will have access to well-equipped workshops and study places right in the centre of Gothenburg. We invite international specialists and practitioners to come and visit us, which broadens perspectives and encourages a network within the subject area.

Specializing in ceramic art

The ceramic department holds light and beautiful workshops, several electrical kilns, and three combined electrical and gas kilns. We have plaster, casting, and glazing workshops. You will also have access to the workshop at Nääs that has a unique kiln park with an anagama kiln, a salt glazing kiln, and a tunnel kiln—all fired with wood.
Are you curious about previous students' work? See the 2020 degree project here.
More information about HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and Design here.

Programme structure and content

The first semester starts with a subject-specific practical and theoretical introduction where you will outline your focus and goals for your studies. Material-based, practical, technical, and contextual experiences are broadened through exploratory inquiries and artistic risk taking. 

During the second semester you will create in-depth artistic projects in order to develop understanding of your choices, working methods, and the context you are operating in from a historical and contemporary craft perspective. 

During the third semester the focus shifts from the self-initiated look to the viewer's gaze: to view and to be viewed. The exhibition format is examined in practice and theory. Prerequisites for a professional life are addressed. You will begin your independent degree project this semester.

During the fourth semester you will complete your independent degree project that includes a major artistic work, a degree report, and a presentation of the project within the framework of a degree exhibition. 

Who should apply?

Do you want to investigate the narrative of the ceramic object? 

Are you fascinated with the ceramic expression’s richness in variation?

Do you want to investigate how ceramic material, techniques, and expressions can be used in public space through a craft perspective?

If you want to pursue artistic exploration through the materials and concepts of ceramics, then apply for the master’s programme in Crafts specializing in ceramic art.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts or equivalent of at least 180 credits. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS. In addition, approved work samples are required.

Special instructions for application

Here you find application instructions for our Master of Fine Arts in Crafts.

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Selection

The selection is based on an assessment of submitted work samples.

After graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Fine Arts in Crafts with a specialization in Ceramic Art.

Successful completion of the programme anticipates that you will be ready for a professional career as a ceramic artist.  

You will also be prepared to apply for postgraduate studies in the field.

Facilities

HDK-Valands facilities on Kristinelundsgatan, where the programme is situated, are situated in the middle of Gothenburg in the same building complex as Röhsska Museum of Design and Crafts. It is an international study environment with well-equipped workshops close to the arts.

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