Master’s programme in Fine Arts: Critical & Pedagogical Studies

Master’s programme in Fine Arts: Critical & Pedagogical Studies

Malmö Art Academy

Hans Carlsson, A Complete Renovation of These Rooms, 2015. Installation and talk at the Malmö Technology & Maritime Museum, Malmö Museum. Photo: Jenny Eliasson/Malmö Museer.
December 17, 2016
Master’s programme in Fine Arts: Critical & Pedagogical Studies

Application period: January 16–April 3, 2017

Malmö Art Academy
Box 4035
SE – 203 11 Malmö

[email protected]

Malmö Art Academy is an internationally renowned fine arts programme at Lund University, Scandinavia’s largest comprehensive university. The Academy is a state-financed school of fine arts with 74 students offering a three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programme and a two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme. In addition, it offers a two-year MFA programme in Critical Studies and a Doctorate Programme in Fine Arts.

Full-time, 120 ECTS credits
Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, Sweden
Teaching language: English
Application deadline: April 3, 2017

Malmö Art Academy invites applicants for Critical & Pedagogical Studies, an international post-graduate study programme leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree, working across borders between art theory, practice and pedagogy. It brings together students with a BFA as well as many students who have previously completed a studio based MFA. The programme seeks to encourage applied thinking within the artistic field, investigating how we might both produce and discuss art, as well as how pedagogical strategies can be seen as artistic models in art practice and as teaching.

This is a pioneering programme that seeks to examine the ways in which critical theory and pedagogy inform artistic practice. Theory will be viewed as a practice, and practice will be theorised. Key issues and topics of discussion are pedagogical strategies such as artists teaching artists and the artist’s role in mediating to a public, combined with critical thinking on artistic production, with an openness to learn and experiment. The curriculum is in constant development and is well suited for artists working from a hybrid or expanded practice. The students and programme facilitators work together to form the programme structure through group dialogue and a critical examination of the content as it suits the participants’ areas of interest, while responding to relevant topics of the day. This normally takes the form of intensive seminars and workshops led by visiting lecturers, the professors at Malmö Art Academy and the facilitators of Critical & Pedagogical Studies. Our focus is on how artists discuss, produce, educate and communicate, as we aim to encourage students to be critical of how educational structures operate, both within the programme itself and in relation to an educational practice.

Focus is on the development of the student’s own projects through group critiques and individual tutorials. In the final year of the programme students participate in a work placement where they apply theoretical knowledge to a practical teaching application within an art school, museum or relevant institution. The final work towards completion of the degree is developed to bridge theory and practice through individual exam projects and a written thesis. Malmö Art Academy provides the participants with a collective workspace, and the participants may use all premises at the Academy, including the library and workshops. The facilitators of the programme have also negotiated strong relationships with local arts organizations that are keen to collaborate with our group and to support student initiatives.

As the programme enrolls a small group of up to nine students per year, participants receive individual attention and guidance on their projects. The programme usually entails at least one study trip. Past study trips have been to London, Gothenburg, Graz, Scotland and Italy.

The international profile is an important feature of the Academy. It is accentuated by the close proximity to Denmark and mainland Europe, as well as by student exchanges with art academies in other countries. The Academy also benefits from the rich and internationally orientated art life in the region, which has many art galleries, museums and other institutions. Guest lectures from visiting artists and theorists as well as various forms of collaborative projects are continuously offered at the Academy.

Previous visiting artists, curators and critics, include: Gertrud Sandqvist, Sarat Maharaj, Learning Site, Lisa Le Feuvre, Maria Fusco, Kristina Lee Podesva, Katrine Hjelde, Andrea Ray, Apolonija Šušteršič, Marion von Osten, Marc Herbst/Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Frans Jacobi, Joachim Koester, Jürgen Bock, What, How & For Whom/WHW, BFAMFAPhD, Neil Mulholland, Felicity Allen, Alanna Lockward & Jeannette Ehlers, among others.

Programme Director: Maj Hasager: [email protected]
Programme Administrator: Laura Hatfield: [email protected]

General requirement
Applicants must have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent.

The online application is a two-part process. Apply on these websites: /

Tuition fees
There are no tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens. For non-EU/ EEA citizens the tuition fee for this programme is SEK 200,000 per year. For details on tuition fees and scholarships, see


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