IUA employs a standard electronic application form.
The application process is in two steps, first submit the application and then pay the application fee.
Please note: It is possible to save the application while working on it.
An application is not valid until the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee.
Applicants must submit the following documents:
1. Certified copy of degree certificate(s) and programme / course transcript(s) (PDF)
Applicants should submit a detailed record of higher education up to the present, including programmes of study and grades. This should be submitted in Icelandic or English.
2. Reference from one referee (PDF)
Applicants must submit the name and contact information of one referee. This could be a person from the academic or professional field. Referees will be contacted by IUA for a reference if needed.
3. Statements (PDF)
a. Cover Letter
Applicants are asked to prepare a Cover Letter. The letter should address their decision to apply for the programme and how its focus ties in with their aims towards a future professional role within the Performing Arts.
The letter must be written in English and should not exceed one page.
b. Research Project
Applicants are asked to submit a Research Project Proposal that indicates their focus of research situated within the Performing Arts. The proposal should outline the applicant's intended research question/s and the methods and/or subject matter they want to investigate throughout their studies. The proposal must include space for research, growth and learning and should become the basis for the applicant’s MA Final Project.
The proposal should be written in English and be two pages.
4. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Applicants must submit a CV of relevant education and professional experience. The CV should be written in English and not exceed two pages.
5. Portfolio of works (PDF/URL)
Applicants are asked to gather examples of their work into a portfolio that includes 3-5 original works. Accompanying each work should be a short synopsis or description. The submitted work should reflect the applicant's artistic practice, shed light on main interests and demonstrate skills and competences. The submitted works should also reflect the applicant's original creation and communication of ideas.
The admissions committee assesses applications on the grounds of the submitted materials.
If the applicant is considered for acceptance the required documents will be discussed with the applicant in an interview, in English, with the admissions committee.
The admissions committee evaluates how the applicant presents their artistic ideas and vision, ability to take initiative, their independence, creative thinking, and ability to collaborate.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts or other fields. In the absence of a bachelor’s degree applicants should be able to demonstrate comparative professional experience within their field. Applicants that do not have a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts can be admitted to the programme provided they can explain how they wish to situate their practice within the field of Performing Arts.
The MA in Performing Arts is an international programme conducted in English. Students must be proficient in spoken and written English.