Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University

January 27, 2012
Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Application closing date: 1 April 2012

901 87 Umeå, Sweden


The Umeå Academy of Fine Arts seeks committed, curious and creative students for the 2012 Master Program. Beautifully located on the banks of the Umeälven river in Umeå, a university town and center of trade activities, the Academy is the northernmost of all five Swedish Art Academies. December  2011, the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts has moved into a brand-new building within the evolving Arts Campus, in close connection with the new School of Architecture, the Institute of Design, HUMlab, and BildMuseet.

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts offers an English-taught, two-year Master program in a small, intimate environment with international connections through its renowned faculty. Critical discourse on artistic practice and an emphasis on analysis and self-reflection contribute to an understanding of contemporary art located within a larger cultural, social and political context. Guest artists from abroad support the faculty in engaging students in contemporary creative initiatives worldwide.

The program comprises of supervised independent individual projects, lectures, seminars, master classes and field research. Well-equipped workshops for photo, video, sound and other computer-based work as well as for wood, metal, plaster, bronze, printmaking, etc., are open to all students. Each student is provided a studio space, and all teachers at the school are available as supervisors. Umeå Academy of Fine Arts engages also in individual modular programs, where times of intensive presence can interchange with research abroad. As a part of the regular program, Umeå Art Academy offers year-long thematic projects.

Over the 2-year curriculum, the MFA program includes many opportunities to discuss the artist’s practice: Graduate students are encouraged to develop a solo show in our gallery that is part of the Arts Campus. At the end of the MFA-program, all students work towards a final group show in close cooperation with a professional curator, including an extensive catalogue, and installed in the internationally renowned Umeå BildMuseet.

The Umeå Academy of Fine Arts faculty is a team of renowned instructors with active, international careers and a strong interest in cross-disciplinary debate, research, and modes of production. Faculty includes Roland Spolander, Per Nilsson, Florian Zeyfang, Carin Ellberg, Magnus Wallin, Ann Edholm, Julia Peirone, Erla Haraldsdottir and Micael Norberg.

Our program of visiting faculty and guests included Jan Verwoert, Chto Delat, Miklós Erhardt, Johanna Billing, Maria Lind, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, John Akomfrah, Emily Roysdon, Alejandra Salinas & Aeron Bergman, Joanna Rajkowska, Dominic Eichler, Martin Ebner, Sven-Olof Wallenstein, Ashkan Sepahvand, Walid Raad, Judith Hopf, Anselm Franke, Kayle Brandon, Lars Mathisen, Ariane Müller, Ebba Matz, Adnan Yildiz, Mara Lee Gerdén, Maja Wismer, Niklas Goldbach, Melati Suryodarmo, Florian Wüst, Francois Bucher, Ian White, Zineb Sedira, and many more.

Umeå Art Academy is involved in international exchange with the sixteen schools of the Nordic Fine Arts network KUNO, the Art Academy in Vienna, the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, and others within the Erasmus system. As of 2011, our school runs project studio spaces in Berlin, Budapest and Barcelona.

Students from the EU member states pay no tuition.

Artists/students with diverse backgrounds interested in innovative artistic practice and research are encouraged to apply.

The Web application is open 1 March–1 April.

Application closing date for Fall 2012 program is April 1.
For more information, eligibility requirements, etc, please see our web site:
or contact Britt-Marie Sandström
Ph +46-90-786 6864 Fax +46-90-786 6687
Email: [email protected]


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