The programme is divided into studio practice, seminars, theory courses and an MA project. A significant part of the studies takes place through group discussions and consultations in individual studio spaces. The development of art practice and research are important components involving a systematic building up of knowledge, where you are expected to develop good command of both practical and theoretical parameters of contemporary art. The programme is not media specific but supports depth of understanding through whatever methods applicable. This is important so you can effectively relate your artistic practice to the historical dimension and theoretical criteria of the discipline in preparation for working as a professional artist.


Year 1:
Development of practice based methods of enquiry through the process of making and critiquing. Introduction to the theories and practices of artistic research. The study of theoretical subjects connected to your practice and area of interest. Production of artworks for participation in exhibitions as part of the curriculum. 

Year 2:
Ongoing development of practice and theory in conjunction with the MA project seminars and the writing of a thesis with the art practice foregrounding the enquiry. As part of the MA project you will be making artwork for a solo exhibition as well as an end of year group exhibition.


Additional information.
The Department of Fine Art collaborates with all the main art institutions in Iceland, in addition to various collaborations with domestic and foreign academies as well as local and international artists, curators and theorists. You can therefore expect to be exposed to countless opportunities for specialization connected to various areas of specific interests as well as projects related to the Icelandic nature and local characteristics.

Practical information

120 ECTS two-year full-time study.
The MA fine art studio is located on the second floor at the Department of Fine Art at Laugarnesvegur 91 in Reykjavik.

Maximum number of students is 10 students per year.
The Autumn semester begins 22nd of August 2016.

Tuition is ISK 796.000 for the academic school year 2016 – 2017



Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir
Professor - MA Programme Director

Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir
Department Coordinator
Tel: 520 2417

Sindri Leifsson
Academic Coordinator
Tel: 520 2419

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