The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art is now accepting applications for the International Master of Fine Arts program starting in autumn 2021.
Submission deadline: March 1, 2022
The International MFA program at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KiT) is a two-year program made for artists, with a focus to nurture innovative personal artistic methods and practice, through experimental cross-disciplinary exploration into un-roadmapped artistic, philosophical and scientific territories. The unique situation of the art academy inside Norway’s largest university, NTNU, offers exciting opportunities of cross pollination between Art/Science through collaborations across departments. Students are encouraged to blur the boundaries between diverse modes of knowledge production and practice.
The KIT International Masters program sets out to question the role of art in society today, by redefining it through approaches engaging in social and environmental awareness, models of trans-disciplinary collaboration, co-making and artistic research. The program encourages graduate students to explore critical and innovative practices in both individual artistic work and group projects. The curriculum is structured to guide students through diverse experiences, viewpoints and an array of professional practices that reflect contemporary issues and in dialogue with a global community of artists, thinkers, researchers and activists. It offers students a wide range of educational modules including; studio visits, tutorials, group critiques, workshops, courses in theory and practice, guest keynotes, research expeditions, exhibitions, interventions in public space, conferences as well as student-led initiatives and projects.
KiT is situated outside of the NTNU campus in a former factory building. It is well connected to a small but vibrant local art scene with artist-run galleries, exhibition halls, and museums.
Students within the International MFA program have a studio space and access to collaborative workspaces and workshops for wood, metal, plaster, printmaking, photo, video, sound and computer-based work. Students carry out research independently, developing practical skills alongside developing their intellectual and critical abilities in working towards their personal artistic method. Project work is carried out under the close guidance of supervisors.
Within the program, we are looking for inquisitive minds and disciplinary border-crossers who are interested in creating connections between different fields of research and going into un-roadmapped territories. Students are expected to be curious, experimental, self-driven and ambitious, with a will to position and reposition individual artistic practice in current debates and discourses, and within the continuously changing field of contemporary art and beyond.
Courses offered focus on the notions of common space with artistic and architectural practices, theory and criticism in the context of contemporary art, the relation of visual culture to technology and current tendencies in global aesthetics. KiT's research area in Art and Ocean explores the potentials of research across art, science and technology in collaboration with renowned and powerful partners from both, science and technology as well as the world of art and culture.
Applications are now open at NTNU.
Please read the requirements and application guidelines first.
Past guest lecturers and guest faculty have included:
Paz Guevara, Antonia Majaca, Nora Sternfeld, Rike Frank, 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, Geert Lovink, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Corinne Diserens, Sven Augustijnen, Angela Dimitrakaki, Maurizio Lazzarato, Manon de Boer, Wilfried Kuehn, Matteo Pasquinelli, Koyo Kouoh, among others.
There are no tuition fees, also for non-EU/EEA students. Teaching language of all MFA courses is English.
International students who are not eligible for a fellowship or scholarship program are welcome at NTNU, provided they have proof of sufficient funding to pay their living expenses. There is no tuition fee.
Katherine Butcher. “Soft Imperial Eyes,” 2018–19. Four-screen color video animation, text and sound installation.
Photo credit: Lili Zaneta