Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University

March 24, 2011
Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Application closing date: 1 April 2011

Academy of Fine ArtsUmeå University901 87 Umeå, Sweden T +46-90-786 6864 F +46-90-786 [email protected]



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 generous 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 engages in two-year long thematic projects: in the period 2010-2011, workshops around the theme of “Sustainability” are held in cities in northern Europe such as Kiruna, Tromsø, and Kirkenes. A special theory program with the focus Technology / Experimental Film / Conceptual Art is planned for 2011/12. See website for past and upcoming 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, located in close connection to the internationally renowned Umeå Bildmuseum. 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.


The Umeå Academy of Fine Artsfaculty is a team of renowned instructors with active, international careers and a strong interest in cross-disciplinary debate, research, and modes of production. Faculty include Elin Wikström, Ingo Vetter, Florian Zeyfang, Roland Spolander, Carin Ellberg, Magnus Wallin, Ann Edholm, Julia Peirone, Per Nilsson, 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, Sven-Olof Wallenstein, Ashkan Sepahvand, Walid Raad, Judith Hopf, Anselm Franke, Kayle Brandon, Lars Mathisen, Martin Kaltwasser, Cecilia Widenheim, Ebba Matz, Adnan Yildiz, Mara Lee Gerdén, Maja Wismer, Niklas Goldbach, Melati Suryodarmo, Kerstin Cmelka, Florian Wüst, Erla Haraldsdottir, Francois Bucher, 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.

Application closing date for Fall 2011 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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