Fine Arts in Artistic Research - Master Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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The Master of Fine Arts in Artistic Research is a two-year full-time programme. The aim of the programme is to prepare artists in defining and formulating a research project in fine arts, aiming for admission to a doctoral programme in fine arts. The programme has a distinct international profile and prepares students for an international career.

The focus is on the individual research project that the applicant applied to the programme with and develops during the programme. Based on this project, students are encouraged to develop research questions that emerge from individual research processes and artistic methods. These are discussed and developed in relation to other methods that have emerged from other relevant research fields in close collaboration with existing academic disciplines. Through this training, students are stimulated to develop their own methods, which are different to those applied in other fields of research.

The types of instruction include both seminars and courses. The seminars include seminars within the programme as well as joint seminars together with the doctoral programme at Malmö Art Academy, in which the students will participate as observers. The courses cover methodology courses specialising in artistic research projects but also more general methodology courses with guest researchers and artistic researchers from Lund University and other higher education institutions. A course in research ethics is also given.

Students are assessed through a joint exhibition/seminar/printed material/conference in which the individual project is presented as well as extended individual written assignments that are to develop into a proposal for a research project with a research question and schedule. The language of instruction, supervision and assessment is English.

More information can be found at

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Application opportunities

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Learn more about when to apply for fine and performing arts degree programmes at Lund University


Malmö Art Academy

Visiting address
Bergsgatan 29, 21422 Malmö

Postal address
Konsthögskolan i Malmö, Box 4035, 20311 Malmö

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts or equivalent.

Selection criteria

Admission exam and interview.

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.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.


Start Autumn Semester 2020

daytime Malmö, full time 100%

In English

Study period

31 August 2020 - 5 June 2022


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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 that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (see the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to 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 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.

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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a research project including a research question, a presentation of artistic orientation, a statement of purpose, at least one letter of recommendation (two are preferable) and other supporting documents, including samples of artistic work (relevant appendices, photographs, videos and/or sound files). Find the detailed application instructions for this programme on the Malmö Art Academy website.

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 400 000

First payment: SEK 100 000

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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.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

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 You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

*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.

Lund University Global Scholarship

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.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

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.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations