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Fine Arts in Artistic Research - Master Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

An art student walking past cloth hangers


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.

An important part of the teaching consists of individual supervision during the course of the programme, as well as reviews of the individual study courses. It also includes the aforementioned seminars and reading seminars. However, the largest part of the programme will be dedicated to field projects and work on the students’ individual art projects specialising in research.

Another part of the programme involves organising and presenting lectures on topics related to the Master’s programme for both the rest of the academy and the public. Self-organised seminars or minor exhibitions may also occur.

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 programme also provides a specialisation in methodology from other research disciplines, which serves as a foundation for students wishing to go on to doctoral studies in visual arts. The language of instruction, supervision and assessment is English.

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Phone: +4640325701

Email: ansokan [at] khm [dot] lu [dot] se

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.

How to prove your English proficiency –

Country-specific requirements

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

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Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –


Start Autumn Semester 2023

Day-time Malmö, full time 100%

In English

Study period

28 August 2023 - 8 June 2025


You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

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.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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  • 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 the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is 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. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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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.

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 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. 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 doctoral/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 Master's level.

Scholarship information on 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