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Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA), Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education (NM NoVA) is a double degree programme between Aalto University (Finland) and Aalborg University (Denmark) in which students achieve a comprehensive understanding of Nordic practices and traditions in art education, visual culture, and cultural work.
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Degree:

Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Application period:

1.12.2022 – 2.1.2023

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Art and Design

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

The next application period will open 1.12.2022 00:00 (UTC+2)

Description

Graduates of the Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education will be able to:

1. Apply and assess theories and practices of contemporary art education, digital communication studies, visual design, and visual culture when working with different audiences and stakeholders.

2. Initiate, plan, carry out, and critically evaluate artistic, educational, and entrepreneurial projects in cross-cultural, international, and transdisciplinary environments.

3. Lead and support cultural, artistic, and educational development work with different institutions, stakeholders, and partners.

4. Identify, analyse, and suggest solutions for complex issues through practices of creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and arts-based methods.

5. Reflect and re-evaluate past and present practices in Nordic ecosystems of art, education, and visual culture.

6. Recognize and cultivate socially, culturally, and environmentally responsible practices in art, education, entrepreneurship, and digital culture.

7. Partake in developing, evaluating, and expanding the professional domains of art, education, and visual culture in contemporary societies.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English.

Tuition fees and scholarships

The programme follows each university's own tuition fee policies. As a general rule, students who are not citizens of EU or EEA member countries are tuition fee liable, but can also apply for scholarships offered by universities. Read more about tuition fees:

The programme follows each university's own scholarship policies. As a general rule, students who are not citizens of EU or EEA member countries are tuition fee liable, but can also apply for scholarships offered by universities. Detailed information about the scholarship for the second year will be confirmed when the student is accepted into the program. Read more about scholarships:

Structure of studies

Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education (NM NoVA) is a double degree programme between Aalto University (Finland) and Aalborg University (Denmark) in which students achieve a comprehensive understanding of Nordic practices and traditions in art education, visual culture, and cultural work. Through NM NoVA education, students acquire relevant practical and theoretical competencies in art, education, and culture for working in cross-cultural and international environments. NM NoVA graduates will be able to respond to the demands of the changing world, where cultural, artists and pedagogical practices and professions are finding new ways and methods for meaning-making, interaction and creative solutions.

As a double degree programme, students spend one year in each degree awarding university. This means that students beginning their studies at Aalto University will spend the second year of their studies at Aalborg University and vice versa. All graduating students receive two degrees: one from Aalto and one from Aalborg. All students admitted to NM NoVA must commit themselves to this one-year mandatory mobility.

NM NoVA offers a mix of problem-based and student-centred, hands-on experience with theoretical and practical studies in art, education, digital communication, and entrepreneurship. The key content areas of NM NoVA studies are:

· Visual and Digital Culture and Communication Developed in the Nordic region
Students explore creative and critical approaches to design and art making, coupled with a deep responsibility for openness, caring, and equality. Students learn about social and cultural competences in ICT & online communication and engage in developing creative approaches to online education.

· Contemporary Approaches to Nordic Art Education and Learning
Students learn about Nordic approaches to art and education, specifically emphasizing democracy, egalitarianism, socially just pedagogical skills and practices, human rights, and social and cultural sustainability.

· Project management, Administration, and Entrepreneurship
Students acquire skills in project management, administration, finance, and entrepreneurship in cultural and educational contexts. Students engage with project-driven and problem-oriented teaching as well as collaborative and participatory learning.

These areas of study are integrated in joint courses (both online and in person) between Aalto University and Aalborg University and in project modules where students work with external stakeholders and partners.

The program is open for international students.

Specialisations

The first year of studies is relatively similar for all NM NoVA students. When beginning their second year of studies in the partner university, students may choose from the following three study tracks:

· Internship: In this study track, students spend most of the second fall semester in an internship and use the internship as the basis for their thesis work. This track suits students who are interested in developing context-specific expertise in art, education, digital communication, and/or entrepreneurship.

· Visual Project: In this study track, students use the second fall semester to combine short internship with elective courses. This might mean, for example, organizing workshops or social media practices to test out their educational, artistic, communicational, or entrepreneurial ideas that the student examines further in their thesis. This track suits students who are interested in emerging theories and practices in art, education, information studies, and entrepreneurship.

· Theoretical Project: In this study track, students utilize the second fall semester to further develop the theoretical framework of their thesis by working with relevant faculty projects. This study track suits for students interested in continuing their studies in doctoral education.

Internationalisation

As a double degree Nordic Master, international collaboration and cooperation is a significant part of NM NoVA education. NM NoVA’s student body consists of students from Aalto University and Aalborg University and most of the major specific studies are co-taught between these two universities, both online and in person. In addition, NM NoVA includes a compulsory mobility during the second year of the studies, during which students at Aalto study at Aalborg either by doing an internship, a visual project, or a theoretical project in Denmark and vice versa. Students admitted to NM NoVA must be able to conduct this compulsory mobility.

Webinar | Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education

Our programme representatives from Aalto and Aalborg introduce the programme and answer participants' questions regarding studies, career opportunities and more. Watch the webinar to get answers to some of your questions!

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Students sitting around a table an taking part in a workshop

Further study opportunities

Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education double degree gives students an eligibility for doctoral studies.

Career opportunities

NM NoVA graduates will have strong intercultural understanding, experiences, and knowledge of educational, digital communication, and cultural practices and theories in Nordic countries. This cross-cultural study offers work opportunities both nationally and internationally in different art, educational, and visual communicational areas, institutions, organisations, communities, art and culture projects, and companies. Students may direct themselves toward teaching, producing, designing, guidance and consultant tasks on different levels of schooling, or in the fields of art and visual and media culture, social sectors and corporate life. Please note that the degree alone does not qualify as teacher competency as it is not a teacher training program.

Research focus

Visual and Digital Communication and Culture Developed in the Nordic region; Contemporary Approaches to Nordic Art Education and Learning; Project management, Administration, and Entrepreneurship.

Co-operation with other parties

In NM NoVA, students are gradually involved in projects with external stakeholders and partners in order to practice their educational and research skills in real-life situations. These collaborations take place both in Finland and Denmark, and involve cultural institutions, organisations, NGOs, and companies.

Admission Timeline

 

December 1, 2022 at 9 AM (UTC +2)

Application period starts and online application form in Studyinfo opens

January 2, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +2)

Application period ends and online application form in Studyinfo closes

January 9, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +2)

Deadline for application documents to be uploaded to application form

January – March 2023

Eligible applications undergo academic evaluation

March 29, 2023

Admissions results published

April 20, 2023

Deadline for accepting the offered study place

May 26, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +3)

Deadline for submitting certified copy of degree certificate

July 31, 2023    

For applicants who applied with an incomplete degree: Deadline for graduation 

August 17, 2023 at 3 PM (UTC +3)

For applicants accepted off the reserve list: Deadline for submitting certified copy of degree certificate. For applicants who applied with an incomplete degree: Deadline for submitting certified copy of degree certificate

End of August 2023

Studies begin with orientation week at first-year university

 

Application documents

Please prepare to attach the following documents to your application form:

  •  Bachelor’s degree certificate and transcript of study records (if you apply with incomplete degree, attach only the latest transcript of records)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Copy of valid passport or ID card with photo and information on citizenship
  • English language test certificate or document(s) that validate meeting exemption criteria

Do not include any additional attachments (e.g., letters of recommendation or extra-curricula training certificates). Additional attachments are not taken into account in the evaluation and they will only slow down the processing of the application.

Submitting the certified copies and address

We strongly recommend using a courier service (e.g. DHL, UPS, TNT, FedEx) for shipments from outside the European Union (EU) instead of regular mail.

If you send the documents by courier service, use the street address:
Aalto University
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Otaniementie 14,
FI-02150 ESPOO, Finland
tel +358 9 47001

Write “NM NoVA Master's admissions” on the envelope.

If you send the documents by regular mail (not recommended from outside the EU), send them to the postal address:

Aalto University
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
PO Box 31000
FI-00076 AALTO
FINLAND  
tel +358 9 47001

Write “NM NoVA Master's admissions” on the envelope.

All documents must arrive at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture by the given deadline (see deadline above).

General academic requirements

Who can apply

The following apply to all applicants:

A Bachelor’s degree corresponding to a minimum 180 ECTS credits. Students in their final year of their Bachelor’s studies are eligible to apply, provided they complete their Bachelor’s degree before the start of the program by 31 July 2023 and submit the degree certificate and official translation if needed by the given deadline.

The following Bachelor’s degrees (or closely related degrees) are eligible for application:

A bachelor's degree must be equivalent to 180 ECTS credits or three years of full-time study. The degree must give eligibility to apply for master’s degree studies at university in the awarding country. The awarding higher education institution has to be a recognised part of the official national education system of the country. It has to be accredited as a degree- granting higher education institution by the country where it is located or by a relevant international organisation (such as UNESCO).

In the field of art and design, an applicant who does not have a higher education degree may apply on the basis of sufficient knowledge and skills, gained by means of other studies and/or work experience, that correspond to a relevant bachelor's degree. Other eligibility for higher education is not an option for applicants who have completed (or will complete no later than 31 July 2023) a bachelor's degree that makes them eligible to apply to a master’s programme. Applicants applying on the basis of sufficient knowledge and skills must provide evidence of their skills with documents such as work or study certificates (document instructions and application requirements are listed at Other eligibility for higher education)

It is not possible to apply to a master’s programme on the basis of a previous master's degree. Only bachelor’s degrees give eligibility for master’s programmes. An exception to this are ‘long-cycle’ master's degrees that have been granted without a bachelor’s degree, for instance, degrees awarded in Finland prior to the adoption of the two-cycle degree system in 2008 or licentiate of medicine degrees.

In addition to the degree granting eligibility to apply (i.e. bachelor's degree), it is possible to include one other higher education degree (e.g., master's degree) to the section Other Higher Education Degree on the application form. All the studies included in the application form must be supported by the required application documents. The same documentation requirements apply to all degrees. For further information, see Application form and the required application documents.

Admission procedure and study-option-specific evaluation criteria

Applicants meeting Aalto’s general eligibility criteria for master's studies will be evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria that has been decided in advance for each study option. The applications to Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education will be evaluated based on the following criteria.

 

Phase I

Academic performance

What is evaluated

Grades of the previous degree(s)

 

What we look for in an applicant?/Admission requirements

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate good academic skills and abilities to conduct both independent and collaborative study projects.

Method of demonstrating competence

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

 

Relevance of previous studies

What is evaluated

Contents and quantity of previous studies compared to demands/contents of study option applied to

What we look for in an applicant?/Admission requirements

We are looking for applicants with a relevant BA level degree or similar skills and motivation to study in Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education

Method of demonstrating competence

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

 

 

Other areas of competence

What is evaluated

Work experience and other acquired knowledge and achievements, non-formal education.

What we look for in an applicant?/Admission requirements

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate a committed interest toward artistic, educational, and/or cultural work.

Method of demonstrating competence

Curriculum vitae

 

 

Suitability

What is evaluated

Applicant’s suitability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies/communication skills.

What we look for in an applicant?/Admission requirements

We are looking for applicants who:

 

  1. Communicate their ideas (even emerging ones) clearly and connect them to the study objectives of Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education
  2. Have fresh ideas and new perspectives on art, education, digital culture, and cultural work in the Nordic countries and beyond.
  3. Are interested in exploring new artistic, educational, communicative, and/or entrepreneurial practices in the Nordic countries and beyond.
  4. Indicate their interests in acquiring a double degree Nordic Master diploma.

 

Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education actively encourages applicants from widely diverse backgrounds, both from inside Finland and around the world.

Method of demonstrating competence

Motivation letter

 

 

Evaluation process

The applicants will be first evaluated based on Aalto’s general eligibility requirements. Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies will be evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria that has been decided in advance for each study option.

The selection process for applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria comprises of two (2) phases: 

Phase I

In Phase I, the applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria

  • Suitability (Motivation letter)
  • Other areas of competence (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Relevance of previous studies (Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s))
  • Academic performance (Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s))

Only the applicants who fulfil the requirements and are ranked highest in the preliminary evaluation will be invited to Phase II in the selection process.

Phase II

In Phase II, the evaluation is based on the following criteria

  • Suitability (Interview)

The second phase consists of individual interviews. Interviews will be carried out in person or by telephone/Skype/Zoom/etc. depending on the applicant’s current location. The length of the interviews is 30 minutes.

Applications who fulfil the requirements and are ranked highest in Phase I will be invited to the interview. The invitation to the interview will be sent to the applicants at latest seven days in advance.

After the evaluation conducted in Phase II, the best applicants will be selected based on the joint evaluation from Phases I and II.

Study-option-specific documents requested

The documents requested from all applicants are listed on the Aalto University website (https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes). In addition, applicants to this study-option are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:

Motivation letter

Motivation letter, max 4000 characters (excluding spaces) should include a description of personal interests for Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education, including a proposed area of research, aim of study, and professional goals. In particular, the letter should indicate an understanding of opportunities for study a double degree in Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education, what the applicant wishes from the programme and, in turn, what they are interested in bringing into the programme. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the programme applied for must be indicated clearly on the motivation letter.

The lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

Curriculum Vitae

Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, and work experience that is relevant to their application. This information may include educational and/or artistic projects, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust. Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application.

Language of application documents

All application documents must be submitted English.

English Language Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the programme, applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English with an accepted proof of language proficiency or by meeting the language test exemption criteria.

Here are presented the acceptable English language tests and their minimum scores:

  •  IELTS Academic: overall score 6.5, and writing score 5.5
  •   For 2023 admissions, test results are valid if the test was taken on or after 1 December 2020. Aalto University accepts also IELTS Indicator (Academic) test.
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test): 92, and 22 for Writing or  TOEFL PDT (Paper-delivered Test): Reading 22, Listening 22, and Writing 24
  • For 2023 admissions, test results are valid if the test was taken on or after 1 December 2020. Aalto University accepts also TOEFL iBT® Home Edition test, but TOEFL Essentials or TOEFL ITP tests are not accepted.
  •  Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): 62, and 54 for Writing
  • For 2023 admissions, these test results are valid if the test was taken on or after 1 December 2020.
  • C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, CAE): A, B or C
  • C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE): A, B, C or Level C1
  •  Only electronically verifiable tests taken after 2005 are accepted.

 

English language test exemptions:

1. Applicants who have completed a university degree instructed in English at a university that is physically located in one of the following countries:

- USA
- Canada
- UK
- Ireland
- Australia
- New Zealand

2. Applicants who have completed at least a 3-year university degree instructed in English in an EU/EEA country.

3. Applicants with upper secondary education and a Bachelor’s degree (issued or ongoing if the applicant is currently enrolled in the last semester) from a Nordic country shall provide proof of English proficiency, for example by providing transcripts from their upper secondary education.

When applying for an exemption, English as the language of instruction must be stated unambiguously on the certificate (e.g., school leaving certificate / secondary-school final certificate, degree certificate or transcript of records). If there are several instruction languages, the document must clearly indicate the amount of studies taken in English.

Also note that a minimum of one half of the degree must be completed in a country and higher education institution that meets the requirements for exempting the student from taking an English language test.

English Language requirements

To be eligible to apply to the programme, applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English with an accepted proof of language proficiency or by meeting the language test exemption criteria.

No other methods of demonstrating English language skills than those listed below are accepted. Applications without the required proof of language proficiency will be rejected.

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Contact details

Juuso Tervo
Senior University Lecturer
Head of Nordic Master in Visual Studies and Art Education (NM NoVA)
[email protected]

Visit the programme website at https://www.nmnova.com/ to learn more about NM Nova.

Contact information

Learning services of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture

For enquiries regarding programme-specific application documents or studies in the programme, please contact Aalto ARTS Learning Services.

[email protected]

Admissions Services

For enquiries regarding the application process, obligatory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admissions Services.

[email protected]

The next application period will open 1.12.2022 00:00 (UTC+2)

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