Master of Culture and Arts, Photography
The programme is low-residency, which means that students can live anywhere in the world. Independently of this, it is mandatory to visit Finland to get the original version(s) of previous degree certificate(s) checked and to strengthen one’s personal identity during your studies. A few contact studies will be held in Campus Allegro in Jakobstad/Pietarsaari in Finland, depending on the corona-pandemic.
Master of Culture and Arts, Photography is carried out in close cooperation with established practitioners in the international art world. The focus of the programme is on creating the possibility for you to build an international network that is relevant for your photographic work. Only 15 students will be admitted.
The degree programme consists of 60 ECTS, made up of 5-7 blocks of intense studies on location and periods of self-directed studies in between these blocks that are supported remotely.
- Two of the blocks, a total of 5-14 days, will be held at Campus Allegro, Jakobstad/Pietarsaari, Finland. This means that you will be coming to Jakobstad only twice in 1.5 years.
- The other part will consist of trips to various centres of interest in the art world, located in different cities around the world. We prioritize slow travel and try to avoid flying. The focus for the trips will therefore be within the European art scene, and networking with the rest of the world (eg. USA, Asia) through virtual channels as appropriate. If we are not able to travel the traditional way due to the COVID 19-pandemic , we still make sure to give you the tools to get the international network and influences through virtual solutions. Novia will provide a budget for the study trips within Europe. The travel and accommodation expenses to Jakobstad are not covered by Novia.
The distance studies will consist of extensive individual work and self-directed literature studies. The individual work will be focused on working on your own portfolio, written assignments, presentations, and projects. These studies can be done from anywhere in the world.
This degree programme offers you a unique opportunity to become part of a wider community of practice in which you are able to upgrade your entrepreneurial skills as well as ways of communicating your photographic practice. The programme gives you the chance to establish international contacts in order to expand your field of reference and professional activity. The studies are aimed for professional artists and photographers with a bachelor or master degree and at least two years’ work experience in the field of visual culture and contemporary art.
The programme is carried out in close cooperation with established practitioners in the international art world. The focus of the program is on creating the possibility for you to build an international network that is relevant for your work. Only 15 students will be admitted so it will be possible to build the programme around the individual needs of the students. The ongoing development and dissemination of your own work will be one of the main aspects of the programme.
Through mentorship, workshops, field trips and individual studies, the program will allow you to:
- Improve your capacity to work professionally both on a national and an international level.
- Enhance your artistic and photographic practice.
- Develop your ability to plan and direct your own work to adapt to local, national and international conditions.
- Broaden your professional network.
- Develop your ability to communicate and present your artistic work.
- Develop your portfolio and other presentation tools.
- Gain insight into the structure of some of the international art scenes and markets.
- Learn about some advanced techniques in the business of agencies, galleries, international art fairs, biennials and other established events in the art world, and have the chance to visit a selection of these events.
The language of instruction
The programme is offered in English.
The focus is to equip students with the skills to develop and communicate their practice and establish international contacts in order to expand their field of reference and professional activity. Students acquire an in-depth knowledge of their professional area and a readiness for international cooperation.
Key words for the programme:
- Ambition and strategic planning
- Structures and methods
- Cooperation and relationships
- International perspectives
The programme has an international profile and will feature experts from various fields across the art world. They will give lectures and also work as supervisors and mentors for you during your individual work process throughout the programme.
Choosing a main subject or field of specialization
The artistic ambition and photographic skills of the individual student will have a significant impact in the content of the studies. The programme focuses on specific competences associated with a strategic mastery of creative processes as well as profiling and situating individual artistic practice within a market context.
Structure of studies
For students who have an earlier Bachelor’s Degree in Culture and Arts (240 ECTS) the studies consist of 60 ECTS:
- Advanced studies 20 ECTS
- Elective advanced studies 10 ECTS
- Master’s thesis 30 ECTS
The programme comprises both contact studies and remote learning. Contact studies consists of 5-7 Blocks - two at Campus Allegro in Jakobstad (1-2 weeks in late summer 2021 and 1-2 weeks in fall 2022) plus 3-5 group excursions within Europe to relevant art centers, exhibitions, and organisations. Around these activities, the studies have an emphasis on the ambition and artistic practise of each individual student. Remote learning includes: literature studies; written assignments (including statements and analyses); artistic practice; and published works.
The proposed excursions are planned for London, Stockholm, and Arles (France), but the schedule may be subject to change.
Group excursions will include some organized time and some independent time. The schedule is designed to coincide with a major event of the global photographic calendar wherever possible, in order to align with a wider network. This would be complimented with programme specific arrangements. There will be sufficient time for planning of individual and independent activities in the lead up to the excursion. Such pursuits will be encouraged as appropriate.
The Master’s thesis accounts for 30 ECTS. This component involves a significant individual project and presentation methods which clearly show the original artistic and/or photographic skills of the individual student. The Master’s thesis contains preliminary work (research methods and widespread research), the development of the individual’s professional profile, programme supervision and follow-up.
Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has taken the Master’s degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a second-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, level e.
The programme enables students to establish themselves and consolidate their place in the international field of photography, visual culture and contemporary art. There is also the possibility of further advanced study or work within the academic sector.
The degree programme Master of Culture and Arts, Photography, is based on international principles and the creation of a network in the world of international art. A significant part of contact learning will take place abroad. Persons active in the world of international art will act as senior lecturers and supervisors.
Co-operation with other parties
The degree programme is established in close cooperation with various art institutions and representatives in the international world of art and photography.
Postgraduate study opportunities
With a master’s degree, students can continue to university post-graduate studies. Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has taken the master’s degree is qualified for posts or positions for which the qualification requirement is a second-cycle higher education degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specified fields of study. The degree falls under the Article 11 of the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications, levels.