MA Programme in Fine Art
MA studies provides the graduate student with artistic, methodological and theoretical tools to work professionally within the field of contemporary art.
The programme aims to help students develop a deeper understanding of art and related areas of contemporary culture. The current focus upon research within higher education will influence the further integration of practice and critical reflection and will influence the ways in which practice and theory are discussed at MA level.
The MA study programme in Fine Art is project-based. This means that each student defines her/his own artistic project which is developed over a two-year period through personal study, experimentation, critique and discussion with tutors and fellow students.
Broad range of media, materials, methods and
KHiB has facilities to work within and across a broad range of media, materials and techniques, and students may combine these in a way that best suits the theme and the objectives of their MA project.
Study at MA level is centred around the student's own MA project, which may be formulated and developed in relation to any given medium or combination of media supported by the facilities at the Academy. Bergen Academy of Art and Design has workshops, technical expertise and tutorial support for work with a range of media and materials including ceramics, textiles, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, installation, performance, sound, video and digital art. An MA project does not need to be medium/media specific; it may be based on other criteria including site-specificity, social relations and interdisciplinary collaboration.
In addition to working on the development of the individual MA project, each student is required to participate in group activities including seminars, lecture series, group critiques and short courses aimed at sharpening critical focus and communication skills.
Dialogue and critique
To support the development of critical reflection, the MA programme in Fine Art features a theory programme built around an annually changing lecture series and a number of thematic seminars, as well as student-centered discussion fora.
Within the Master's programme in Fine Art there is no division between "subject areas" - all students are expected to engage actively in a discussion that takes its starting point in issues that are central to the art practices of today.
At the end of two years, after successful completion of the MA exam, the master's projects are presented in a public exhibition, currently held at Bergen Kunsthall.