About MFA in Performing Arts


The Performing Arts MFA at the Iceland Academy of the Arts creates an international platform for students to deepen and expand their knowledge in the field of contemporary performing arts, as well as extend their individual practice, professionalism and thinking capacity as artists.

This master programme places a big emphasis on each student developing a strong network of artistic and professional partners throughout their study. As such, this programme encourages its artists to collaborate with students from other departments, such as the visual arts, music or design – and encourages cross-department dialogue through the shared theory courses of the different departments. The Performing Arts Department also takes full advantage of its strong relations with all of the most prominent Performing Arts organisations and institutions in Iceland and works hard to provide professional connections with those organisations for its students, in ways that can lead to improved professional opportunities for students after they have graduated. Furthermore, the department is very well connected internationally, through its dynamic partnerships with other schools abroad – as well as through its active and on-going dialogue with an extensive network of thinkers, artists and entrepreneurs working today in an international context.

With a strong focus on the development of artists, this master programme foregrounds artistic practice and provides a context for students to work artistically and situate their artistic work in broader artistic, social and professional contexts.



Nafn brautar: Meistaranám í sviðslistum
Nafn gráðu: MFA
Einingar: 90 ECTS
Lengd náms: 3 annir – 1 ár
Álfrún Helga Örnólfsdóttir
Hrefna Lind Lárusdóttir
Lisa Homburger

Programme Director

This is a programme for students looking to develop as independent, active, responsible and critical artists. The main focus of the masters programme is to provide a challenging and supportive context for developing each student’s artistic practice – through both research and artistic creation. The course is a full-time 12 month intensive programme, during which time students will be supported to develop their individual artistic practices, as well as deepen their capacity to situate their work in broader artistic, professional and social contexts. As such, alongside the programme’s emphasis on independent work, the course will also support active and stimulating group situations, in which students work together to reflect on and contextualise their working methods and artistic creations.

Alexander Graham Roberts