Valand Academy Sweden:
Art, Photography, Literature, Film

Valand Academy Sweden:
Art, Photography, Literature, Film

University of Gothenburg

Guided tour of the GIBCA Conference “Radical Imagination? Provocations and Dialogues” at Valand Academy 2013. Photographer: Kjell Caminha.
December 12, 2013
Valand Academy Sweden: Art, Photography, Literature, Film

Call for applicants: M.F.A. Fine Art
Application deadline: 15 January 2014

Valand Academy
University of Gothenburg
Vasagatan 50


We offer Masters programmes through English and Swedish.
We offer Masters programmes in Art, Photography, Literature, and Curating.
We offer fee-free education to EU nationals. Scholarships exist for non-EU-nationals.
We offer a challenging critical artistic and intellectual environment to all our students where encounters and exchanges across art forms and disciplines is key to creating an enlivening cultural milieu.

Valand Academy is a centre for the development of the independent artist, author, film-maker, and photographer. We are especially interested in the agency of artists and in artist-led cultures across the space of contemporary art, cinema, literature, and photographic culture.

The academy is based in the centre of the beautiful port city of Gothenburg, closely integrated into the cultural city life (including collaborations with Göteborgs Konsthall, Hasselblad Centre, Röda Sten, Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA), Literature House, and many other public arts agencies). We are extensively networked internationally with partners all over the world. The academy’s professors were the first in Sweden to introduce the doctorate through arts practices, and have been working with doctorate education for more than a decade.

The Academy hosts a lively research community, including several prestigious nationally funded research projects in the areas of queer cinema, contemporary poetry, and photographic archives / imaging practices in environmental and climate science.

We operate three galleries with a lively programme of student-led exhibitions, events, public readings, screenings and performance within the Academy’s spacious city block. We also have a series of off-site projects, public events and exhibitions in collaboration with major cultural centres and agencies of the city and beyond.

The academy is characterised by small class sizes and highly competitive recruitment. The emphasis is on a peer educational environment. Our pedagogical approach is based on co-production. This means that knowledge and practice are developed within a community of learners and researchers comprising students and professors operating in an intense and sustained dialogue with each other.

Our students come from different countries, cultural heritages and perspectives and we actively encourage cross-cultural dialogue. We are also concerned to ensure that our programme reflects the diversity of perspective, politic and representation of the contemporary world.

The student body is an active participant in the planning and development of the academy’s education, research and collaboration with the wider world.

Current staff teaching on our masters programmes include:
Katarina Andersson Winberg, Lotta Antonsson, Kerstin Bergendal, Kalle Boman, Jason E. Bowman, Maja Hammarén, Hans Hedberg, Tyrone Martinsson, Fredrik Nyberg, Mats Olsson, Nils Olsson, Matthew Rana, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Marie Silkeberg, Linda Sternö, Fredrik Svensk, Jenny Tunedal, Johan Öberg, amongst others.

Recent guests include:
Giannina Braschi (USA), Mark Dion (USA), Claire Doherty (UK), Alyssa Grossman (UK), Simen Hagrup (NO), Graham Harman (USA), Pablo Helguera (USA), Jesper Just (USA), Sarah Kember (UK), Jesper Larsson (SH), Marc James Leger (CA), Tobi Maier (BR), Trinh T. Minh-ha (USA), Anne Noble (NZ), Kate Palmer Albers (USA), Andrea Phillips (UK), Somaya Ramadan (EG), Yasmina Reggad (UK), Jacqueline Rose (UK), Helma Sanders-Brahms (DE), Gertrud Sandqvist (SE), Henk Slager (NL), Jørn Sværen (NO), Sally Tallant (UK), Mark Thompson (UK), Tris Vonna Michel (UK), Joanna Warsza (PL), Liz Wells (UK), Mark Wilson (USA).

Programme: Fine Art M.F.A. Language: English
Deadline: 15 January 2014 Open for applicants: 2 December 2013
Enquiries: Jason E. Bowman, [email protected]

Programme: Curator for Film and Video M.F.A Language: English, Swedish
Deadline: 3 March 2014 Open for applicants: 17 February 2014
Enquiries: Linda Sternö, [email protected]

Programme: Literary Composition M.F.A. Language: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Deadline: 3 March 2014 Open for applicants: 17 February 2014
Enquiries: Johan Öberg, [email protected]

Programme: Photography with a Specialisation in Archives or Art M.F.A. Language: English
Deadline: 15 April 2014 Open for applicants: 15 March 2013
Enquiries: Hans Hedberg, [email protected]

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