Admission procedure and programme-specific requirements
What we look for in an applicant
- BA level degree or similar skills and motivation to study the fields taught in the programme
- Already existing professional practice that can be widened during the studies
- Relevant portfolio that shows intention towards experimental practice in the context of the programme’s offering
- Motivation and capability of MA level studies
- Interest for multidisciplinary studies consisting of practical work combined theretical and critical approach.
In the second stage, the evaluation criteria consists of
- Deepened understanding of student’s personal motivation and background.
First stage and required application documents
In the first stage of the admission the selection committee evaluates the applications based on the application documents. Study Option’s specific requirements for the application documents are listed below. Please also note requirements for the application documents presented in the general application instructions.
In the portfolio, applicants include work that showcases their artistic, curatorial, design, or theory related practice and competence. The portfolio must contain three to five samples of the applicant’s previous activity.
Portfolio consists of visual material, i.e., presentation of artworks, exhibitions or other projects, and/or text-based works.
Artworks and curatorial or other projects can be presented as installation images, drawings, photographs, other visual material and explanatory texts. The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials used, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or published and what was the role of the applicant. You may include a maximum of five images per work or project. If the work or project is text based or theoretical, a maximum of five pages can be used per work or project.
The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree programme applied for must be indicated clearly on the portfolio.
Portfolios can be submitted only in digital form. Applicants should upload their portfolio to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application. The PDF-file may include links to videos (e.g. Vimeo, You Tube), see the instructions about the length of the videos below.
If you include links to videos, you may include a maximum of five minutes of video material in total. If you include several or longer video works, edit them down so that their duration does not exceed five minutes. Include in your portfolio stills with explanatory subtitles and add a link to the webpage, where the video file is to be found. If the links are password protected please make sure that you include the password in your portfolio.
If you include interactive works, make a demonstration video of key aspects. If you include several interactive works, edit the demonstration videos down so that their duration is maximum five minutes in total. Include in your portfolio stills with explanatory subtitles of the demonstrations. Add a link to the webpage, where the video file is to be found. If the links are password protected please make sure that you include the password in your portfolio.
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, 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.
The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters.
In the motivation letter applicants must explain why they wish to apply to this degree programme, what their particular interests are in the field, and what their hopes and expectations are regarding studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The plan should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions, artwork perspectives and artistic objectives.
Language of application documents
The application documents must be submitted in English.
Part of the applicants are invited to the second stage. The invitation to the second stage is sent to the applicants at latest 7 days in advance.
The second stage consists mainly of individual interviews. Each applicant will have 30 min for their interview, of which 10 min they can use for a prepared presentation of one project, if required.
Possible assignment for the interview will be the preparation of the presentation or a project. The applicants invited to the second stage will be informed about this a week before the interviews.