Visual Culture - Master's Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
This two-year international Master's programme in Visual Culture explores the crucial role of visual culture in the modern and contemporary world. It aims to deepen the student's understanding of how and why images and visuality today shape and reflect our knowledge, attitudes, and experiences, perhaps more than ever before.
A wide spectrum of visual genres and media is examined, for instance, art, film, news and documentary imagery, advertisements, scientific images, and urban environments, from the perspective of technological and societal developments during modernity as well as existential and cultural aspects of seeing and images.
Through a broad apparatus of theories and methods, the programme contributes to a better understanding of the power (and sometimes, powerlessness) of images and other visual expressions to fascinate, convince and disturb and to produce meaning in social, cultural and personal contexts.Career prospects
The programme prepares the student for PhD studies and further career in academia as well as for a career in the cultural sector, broadly defined, with a focus on images, design and visuality.
More information can be found at http://www.kultur.lu.se/en/programme/HAVIC
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Programme coordinator: Joacim Sprung, Joacim [dot] Sprung [at] kultur [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Bachelor´s degree in any of the following subjects (or in equivalent subjects from other or foreign universities): Art History, Visual Studies, Film studies, Design, Architecture, Musicology. English 6/English Course B.
based on academic qualifications and a letter of intent.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Start Autumn Semester 2020
daytime Lund, full time 100%
31 August 2020 - 5 June 2022
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
- Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
- Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline
*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.
*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se.
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a statement of purpose, of no more than 800 words, with your application, explaining your main interests within the field of visual culture, your main reasons for applying to the programme, your expected benefit from the programme and your future plans after completing the programme. You should also submit a CV listing two academic and/or professional reference persons when you apply for this programme.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 220 000
First payment: SEK 55 000
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada and UK student finance