Fine Art

Master's degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Fine Art


Painting in progress and paint equipment.
Photo: Kathinka B. Høyden/NTNU


Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • The candidate has acquired the knowledge to develop his/her own artistic studio practice in a well informed and independent way
  • The candidate has thorough knowledge of methods and theories of artistic research in the contemporary art world
  • The candidate can situate his/her studio practice in the wider context of contemporary art theory and artistic research methods. The candidate can apply his/her knowledge of methods and materials to cross-disciplinary collaborations in emerging or new fields
  • The candidate can critically reflect on his/her own artistic practice in relation to the traditions, tendencies and potentials of international contemporary art; on this basis, the candidate can recognize and analyse new roles of contemporary art in society and envision their value

General competencies

  • The candidate has an in-depth understanding of the most relevant epistemologies and methodologies of artistic research, as well as their ethics
  • The candidate is able to initiate and implement cross-disciplinary collaborations; he/she can communicate concrete issues and the specific value of artistic practices in various different contexts, to specialists as well as a general public
  • The candidate has acquired the competences as well as the creative confidence to master the terminologies of a global art world and to explore new forms of artistic entrepreneurship
  • The candidate is capable of handling the complexity, uncertainty and fluidity that characterises contemporary societal challenges, on global and local level


  • The candidate is able to navigate across the various strands and through the different layers of the contemporary art world; he/she can position his/her distinct approach within dynamic contexts
  • The candidate has the ability to find, express and formulate problems in artistic research and production in original, innovative, critical and creative ways
  • The candidate is capable of developing an advanced practice and concrete artistic projects with regard to their conceptual development, production, implementation, presentation and communication
  • The candidate is able to professionally assess artistic challenges, address practical and theoretical issues of artistic production, and make independent decisions reflecting a high level of competence in the field at stake as well as in the subject area
  • The candidate demonstrates in his/her practice a level of artistic accomplishment that can advance independently and has the potential to be sustained over time