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Master of Fine Arts in Critical and Pedagogical Studies 120 ECTS credits


Programme overview

Critical and Pedagogical Studies is an international post-graduate study programme leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree, working across borders between art theory, practice and pedagogy. It brings together postgraduate students with a BFA as well as many students who have previously completed a studio based MFA. The programme seeks to encourage applied thinking within the artistic field, investigating how we might both produce and discuss art, as well as how pedagogical strategies can be seen as artistic models in art practice and as teaching.

This is a pioneering programme that seeks to examine the ways in which critical theory and pedagogy inform artistic practice.


Theory will be viewed as a practice, and practice will be theorised. Key issues and topics of discussion are pedagogical strategies such as artists teaching artists and the artist’s role in mediating to a public, combined with critical thinking on artistic production, with an openness to learn and experiment. The curriculum is in constant development and is well suited for artists working from a hybrid or expanded practice.

The students and programme facilitators work together to form the programme structure through group dialogue and a critical examination of the content as it suits the participants’ areas of interest, while responding to relevant topics of the day. This normally takes the form of intensive seminars and workshops led by visiting lecturers, the professors at Malmö Art Academy and the facilitators of Critical & Pedagogical Studies, however past participants have proposed their own self-organized course and have positively influenced the programme structure from within. Our focus is on how artists discuss, produce, educate and communicate, as we aim to encourage students to be critical of how educational structures operate, both within the programme itself and in relation to an educational practice.

There is focus on the development of the student’s own projects through group critiques and individual tutorials. In the final year of the programme students participate in a work placement where they apply theoretical knowledge to a practical teaching application within an art school, museum or relevant institution. The final work towards completion of the degree is developed to bridge theory and practice through individual exam projects and a written thesis. Malmö Art Academy provides the participants with a collective workspace, and the participants may use all premises at the Academy, including the library and workshops. The facilitators of the programme have also negotiated strong relationships with local arts organizations that are keen to collaborate with our group and to support student initiatives.

As the programme enrolls a small group of up to 9 students per year, participants receive individual attention and guidance on their projects. The programme usually entails at least one study trip. Past study trips have been to London, Gothenburg, Graz, and Scotland.

Previous visiting artists, curators and critics, include: Gertrud Sandqvist, Sarat Maharaj, Jeremiah Day, Learning Site, Lisa Le Feuvre, Maria Fusco, Kristina Lee Podesva, Katrine Hjelde, Jeuno JE Kim, Ann-Mari Edström, Nicola White, Andrea Ray, Apolonija Šušteršič, Marion von Osten, Maj Hasager, Marc Herbst/Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Frans Jacobi, Joachim Koester, Matts Leiderstam, Jürgen Bock, What, How & For Whom/WHW, Magnus Bärtås


Programme structure:

During the first two semesters, the programme will consist of 5-8 workshops or seminars per semester, led by a variety of arts practitioners including, international visiting lecturers, the professors at Malmö Art Academy and the facilitators of Critical & Pedagogical Studies. During the final two semesters of the programme the focus is on developing individual and collective projects. Students will also complete an internship related to their field of study.

1st Year (60 ECTS)

The first semester is specifically focused on modes of artistic research, introducing different aspects of critical theory in relation to art practice. The first semester focuses predominantly on the notion of critical theory and cultural studies, though relevant exceptions can occur. The form of this component will be structured as workshops, readings, lectures and seminars.

The second semester focuses on modes of production and learning models. The curriculum is composed partly of critical studies and partly of pedagogical studies. The students present their artistic work at the annual exhibition towards the end of the semester.


2nd Year (60 ECTS)

The third semester focuses on pedagogical theory including a six-week internship, where the students will plan courses in further education in art or other related educational institutions. The purpose of the internship is for students to apply practical skills and knowledge learned during the programme in a work environment. Towards the end of the semester there will be a seminar in preparation for writing the final thesis.

The fourth semester is devoted to working on individual exam projects and thesis writing. The form of examination will reflect the Critical & Pedagogical Studies programme – investigating pedagogics and critical thinking from the position of the artist. The exam activities may be conducted as a public event in the form of a workshop, seminar, symposium or related project with a pedagogical aim. The individual students will be in charge of their own project, in combination with writing the thesis (approx. 20 pages).

Next admission will be jan 2017

Tuition fees
Students who are citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are generally required to pay application and tuition fees of SEK 200 000 (23 000 Euro) per year. read more

Programme Syllabus



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