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Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art
and Creative Writing
Kunstakademiet i Tromsø
Dáiddaakademia Romssa

Visiting address
Grønnegata 1, 9008 Tromsø

Postal address
UiT Norges arktiske universitet
Postboks 6050 Langnes
9037 Tromsø

+47 77 66 07 42

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The Contemporary Art programmes at the Department for Contemporary Art and Creative Writing in Tromsø are the world’s northernmost programmes in fine arts. The bachelor programme was started in 2007 and accepts only a small number of students each year. The first MA students were enrolled in 2012 and the first PhD students started in October 2013. The Contemporary Art programmes are a part of a multidisciplinary faculty for fine arts comprising programmes in creative writing, music, drama and theatre, and mediation of arts and culture, which allows for collaborations and exchange between the disciplines. The Faculty of Fine Arts aims to maintain a high international level and to develop its own particular characteristics, thus offering an alternative to other degree courses in the arts.

The Department for Contemporary Art and Creative Writing moved in September 2013 to new premises in a purpose-converted factory building centrally situated in Tromsø. Tromsø with its 70 000 inhabitants easily facilitates personal relationships and close contacts with other institutions and collaborations.

Being the northernmost institution of its type in the world fosters uniqueness but should not obscure the fact that it also is part of a multi-facetted global arena. Therefore membership in international educational networks that offers collaboration and opportunities for exchanges is vital. Various other collaborative partners as well as guest lecturers from different parts of the world offers students a combination of local roots and international insights and opportunities.

Because of its unique geopolitical situation, with access to a wealth of natural resources and newly developed transport routes, Tromsø is a rapidly growing town. It is part of a region that has long been at an intersection between different cultures and peoples. This naturally has an impact on students and staff, who in turn, influence the region with their activities.

The Academy is a relatively small institution, which makes for a good, shared atmosphere between students, professors, lecturers and other staff members. Joint excursions and other activities further enhance the social environment.

Contemporary Art – Master (120 ECST)

The master’s programme is a two-year English-instructed course, which aims to provide graduates with a unique point of departure into the art world as professional artists. The programme is aimed at emerging artists who seek to advance their practice discursively and independently. Students are encouraged to develop their own initiatives within the programme, which provides a balanced insight into contemporary issues from both local and international perspectives. Completion of the programme will earn graduates a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art.

Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art aims to promote independent and critical thinking; throughout the course of two years, students are expected to take increasing responsibility for their master’s project in preparation for professional life beyond academy walls. By means of academic programming and collective research, the academy aims to advance a more profound understanding of the nature of the field of artistic practice, and to develop new and different methodologies within this field. Students accepted into the programme have access to individual work-spaces, project rooms, various workshops, and funds to plan and carry out academic and research components during their course. The programme includes study trips, individual and group exhibitions, and collaborations with other professional artistic institutions and venues in Tromsø, Norway and abroad. The final MA exhibition is held at Tromsø Kunstforening, one of Norway’s most prestigious art institutions.

Situated in the arctic city of Tromsø, the Academy offers a particular vantage point towards an increasingly siginificant geopolitical region The Arctic – with it’s rich history of exploration, science, trade, culture and cohabitation between indigenous and Norwegian populations. Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art is the world’s northernmost fine arts school. Only a small number of students are accepted each year for courses in both fine arts and creative writing. The academy hosts a substantial international community, currently comprised of students and guest teachers from parts of Europe, Southeast Asia, The Americas and Canada, Australia and East Africa. The first MA students were enrolled in 2012, and in the autumn of 2013 the Academy accepted its first research fellows. The art academy is included as a department in the Faculty of Fine Arts, which also comprises the departments of landscape architecture, music and drama; this structure supports collaboration and meaningful exchange between the different departments. The art academy aims to maintain a high, international standard of education, and to develop further the particular characteristics, which have helped to establish the academy as a unique programme unlike others in its field.

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Contemporary Art – Bachelor (180 ECTS)

Objectives of the education are to give students a broad foundation for future studies or professional artistic practice. Students who wants to develop in a critical and discursive context, will benefit from this program.

Applicants need to master Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

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Creative Writing

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Our Teachers and Staff

Markus Degerman
Professor – Contemporary Art

Hanna Horsberg Hansen
Associate professor – Contemporary Art

Arne Skaug Olsen
Associate professor – Contemporary Art

Hanne Hammer Stien
Associate professor – Contemporary Art

Anne Oterholm
Associate professor – Creative Writing

Morten Wintervold
Lecturer – Creative Writing

Kåre Grundvåg
Works Manager

Nicolas Horne

Merete Blichfeldt
Executive Officer

Our students

  • MA Contemporary Art 2017-2019
  • Julie Hviid Cetti
  • Zardad Hussain
  • Alfred Benedict Marasigan
  • Yohannes Mulat
  • Bianca Hisse Silva
  • Inger Emilie Solheim
  • MA Contemporary Art 2016-2018
  • Vsevolod Kovalevski
  • Håvard Arnhoff
  • Ruth Alexandra Aitken
  • Magnus Vedå Wibe
  • Matti Aikio
  • BA Contemporary Art 2017-2020
  • Martine Magdalene Andersen
  • Emil Buchanan
  • Linn Sissel Astrid Byrkjeland
  • Andrea Flakstad Conradsen
  • Emelie Ieremia
  • Malin Nordström
  • BA Contemporary Art 2016-2019
  • Liliana Borge Håkenrud
  • Asta Marie Tutavae Iversen
  • BA Contemporary Art 2015-2018
  • Humle Rosenkvist
  • Snorre Solveigsønn Risheim
  • Damla Kilickiran
  • Sunniva Nilssen
  • Siri Mari Vitalis Larsen
  • Markus Garvin
  • Ole-Andrè Greger Eriksen
  • Maja Bäckström
  • Elind Rui Blix
  • Creative Writing 2016-2017
  • Anna S. Albrigtsen
  • Cecilie Wold Andersen
  • Lina-Marie Ulvestad Halås
  • Irene Larsen
  • Elisabeth Mathisen
  • Eivor E Daae. Mælend
  • Martin Svedman
  • Nina Svenne
  • Erling Vaaler
  • Marie Louise Wehage Stålholt
  • Tora Sanden Døskeland
  • Mari Andreassen
  • Bruno Jovanovic
  • Sindre Camillo Lode
  • Jorunn G. Solli