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Master of Fine Arts Programme in Photography

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1 Closed GU-15199
1) Anyone can apply

About the Programme

The master’s programme in Photography offers you the opportunity to develop your already existing photographic practice, your visual literacy, and your own creativity. In a critical and generous dialogue with teachers and fellow students, you will formulate your work in different contexts and have the possibility to present your work in public venues, school galleries, and printed matter. The programme provides analogue labs and digital workshops as well as a critical and theoretical environment.

About the Programme

In a world of rapid change and increased polemics, photography is needed to interpret, understand, and sometimes contribute to change. The programme encourages a wide range of expression through photography and puts focus on history, context, and efficacy when guiding you through the education. The power of photography is both its presence in the everyday and its ability to be scrutinized, analysed, and recontextualized. 

You will have access to a working environment with analogue labs, photo studios, project spaces, digital workshops, and equipment lending. One of the objectives of the programme is to prepare you to work within the art and photography field in a conscious and strategic manner. 

Contrary to other photography programmes, we have kept the analogue darkroom facilities, providing options for you to pursue not only cutting-edge technologies, but also traditional formats. Various forms of publication have become an increasingly important forum for photographic artists. In addition to printed books, there are, of course, opportunities to work digitally and use the Internet as a production platform and a distribution channel. Issues related to gaining exposure occupy a prominent place in the programme. 

Valand Academy, where our programme is located, is a complete educational environment, with education from undergraduate to doctoral level and further research. This creates particularly good grounds for you to apply for PhD studies in artistic research. An important part of our research preparation profile is that doctoral students regularly teach within the programme, enabling you to gain insight into their ongoing work and be introduced to the questions and methods driving the research field forward. There are two student galleries at Valand Academy, and we also regularly collaborate with external venues for exhibition. All of our teachers are active practitioners, and we emphasize collaborations outside the University. For example, with the Hasselblad Center and Röda Sten Konsthall in Gothenburg, Galleri Format in Malmö and Landskrona Fotofestival among others. 

Who Should Apply?

Are you interested in how the photographic image can be used to investigate and formulate contemporary aesthetic, philosophical, and political issues? Do you feel that a world without photography is as impossible as disregarding letters and words? Do you have a photographic idea that you want to explore and problematize? 

If you recognize the value that a photographic project can add to endeavours in various fields, then apply for the master’s programme in Photography. 

Programme Structure and Content

The core of the programme is your individual project work. Through group discussions and individual meetings with teachers, you will develop your practice and technical proficiency and deepen your understanding of social and artistic contexts of photography. Along with your practice, you will study theory and write texts on subjects of your choice, and your master’s thesis will be an essay of investigative and problematizing character. There is a balance between practical creation and theoretical reflection, with joint discussions about interpretations of the texts and how theoretical perspectives are applied in the work of different photographers. In the Professional Development course, you will practice your ability to communicate your work to an audience and also work hands-on with project planning and execution. You will have the opportunity to choose elective courses in other subjects such as Introduction to Pedagogy in Artistic Education, Film Essay, and Artist Book.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography or Fine Arts, or other relevant degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS), or relevant working experience. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Selection: An admission jury will assess applicants' artistic abilities on the basis of their submitted portfolios. Some applicants may be expected to be called to an interview. Information on portfolio and admission can be found at

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 554 000 SEK
First payment: 138 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

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Valand Academy
Box 132
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Vasagatan 50

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