MFA in Performing Arts

Please notice that the school is not accepting applications for MFA in Performing Arts, for the academic year 22/23, but will be accepting applications next year.
This twelve-month Master programme is a question-led study that supports performance-related artists and art professionals to experiment and develop as practitioners and researchers through rigorous mentoring, extensive workshops and encounters with leading artists, thinkers and curators from around the world – as well as intensive peer-to-peer exchange.
Over three semesters, artists enter into an environment geared towards extending and deepening their own practice – as well as their capacity for generating discourse around that practice.
The Master programme takes each enrolled artist’s practice as the starting point for the study, and as such it is expected that each studying artist enters the course with a performance-related project that they wish to develop and realise throughout the 12 months. This project should be specific to their interests, questions and concerns as an artist – and draw upon their pre-existing artistic practice.
The course organises around guest artists, curators, thinkers and arts organisations from around the world that approach performance, choreography, theatre and dance as an expanded field of practice capable of producing experimental intersections
between art and other fields of knowledge and practice – such as activism, social practices, fields of science and philosophy.

There are two opportunities over the course of the year for applicants to apply. The first runs from November - January and ensures applicants get an answer by March. The second runs from March to April with applicants getting an answer in May. This early application round is made available as an option, because it allows potential students more time to prepare for their arrival here in Iceland.




Upplýsingar um brautina

Nafn brautar: Meistaranám í sviðslistum
Nafn gráðu: MFA
Einingar: 90 ECTS
Lengd náms: 3 annir – 1 ár

“The programme offered me encounters and friction with different minds and matters, challenges and openings, through which I had to confront my own practice, my methods, desires and reasons for making work. I am deeply thankful for the care I experienced on this programme... There seemed to be no limits to how adventurous (lost) one could get in the hunt or research, while still feeling the programme was with you, ears acutely listening and following the possibilities of the work through to the end."

Saga Sigurðardóttir, MFA Performing Arts graduate.

About the program

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.