The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is now accepting applications for the International Master of Fine Arts program starting in autumn 2017.
Submission deadline: February 1, 2017
The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KiT) is organized as a flexible and experimental educational and research institution and well known as the first art academy in the Nordic countries to offer education in media art. Since 1996 the Academy has been part of The Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). As Norway’s single largest university, NTNU has 39 000 students, distributed over 14 faculties and 70 departments, with more than 100 laboratories. Currently, the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art has 62 students: 34 BFA and 28 international MFA students. It hosts three research fellows and 1 Ph.D. candidate. The Academy employs ten professors, five members of technical staff and three members of administrative staff. It is well connected to a small but vibrant local art scene with artist-run galleries, exhibition halls, and museums.
The International MFA program at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is a two-year study program designed for artists with the ambition to develop and enrich their individual studio practice with cross-disciplinary investigations in a wide range of different fields of knowledge. Situated in the framework of NTNU, it is embedded in a study environment, rich of inputs and influences from other areas of research and methodologies that are non-artistic.
Within the program, we are looking for inquisitive minds and disciplinary border-crossers who are interested in creating connections between different fields of research. Students are expected to be curious, experimental, self-driven and ambitious, with a will to position and re-position individual artistic practice in current debates and discourses, and within the continuously changing field of contemporary art.
The program encourages graduate students to explore critical and innovative practices in both individual creative work and group projects, placing emphasis on practice-led research. The curriculum is structured to expose students to diverse viewpoints and an array of professional practices that reflect contemporary issues and is in dialogue with a global community of artists and thinkers. It offers students a wide range of educational modules including studio visits, tutorials, group critiques, workshops, courses in theory and practice, guest lectures, study trips, exhibitions, as well as student-led initiatives and projects. Projects evolve through stages of conceptual and material development towards formal and informal presentation and critical, constructive debate.
The Academy offers each MFA student a studio space and access to collaborative workspaces and workshops for wood, metal, plaster, printmaking, photo, video, sound and computer-based work. Courses currently offered focus on the notions of public space and place with artistic, architectural and other creative practices, global approaches to aesthetics, theory, and criticism in the context of contemporary art, the relation of visual culture to technology and current tendencies of digital culture and art practice. The program culminates in a thesis project presented in a group exhibition, which is carried out in close collaboration with Trondheim Kunstmuseum, one of the major art institutions in Trondheim.
Current faculty includes Anne-Karin Furunes, Simon Harvey, David Rych, Florian Schneider and Michelle Teran.
Past guest lecturers and guest faculty included:
Sadie Plant, Saskia Sassen, Nikolaus Hirsch, John Akomfrah, Kodwo Eshun, Annett Busch, Jochen Gerz, Camille Norment, Cristina Ricupero, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Marte Aas, Diedrich Diederichsen, Toril Redalen, Oren Sagiv, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Corinne Diserens, Sven Augustijnen, Angela Dimitrakaki, Maurizio Lazzarato, Manon de Boer, Wilfried Kuehn, Matteo Pasquinelli, Koyo Kouoh, among others.
Teaching language of all courses is English.
Applicants should hold a BFA degree or prove equivalent qualification based on an artistic portfolio.
There is no tuition fee, also for students of non-EU nationalities.
International students who are not enrolled in a fellowship or scholarship program are welcome at NTNU, provided they have proof of sufficient funding to cover their living expenses.
The next round of admission is open. There are two required steps that must be accomplished in order to successfully complete an application for admission, with the following deadlines:
1) The Applicant's registration at NTNU
All applicants: 1. February 2017
2) The Applicant's registration and submission of supporting material at KiT
All applicants: 1. February 2017
For more information about admission requirements and how to apply, please see the Application guidelines
Image: Study trip of KiT students to the Venice Biennale, 2015. Photo: Agnieszka Foltyn.