Master of Fine Arts
The Master's programme in fine arts prepares trained artists for professional independence. It serves to deepen and individualise the student’s own artistic profile and provides a platform for engaging with and mediating art. The programme focuses on a self-selected artistic or research project and on the student’s development as a professional freelance artist.
Two specialisations are available:
The specialisation “Art in Practice” serves to hone the individual profile and expand the artistic competence to act, above all in studio work and exhibitions.
The specialisation “Art in Dialogue” qualifies the student for artistic and culturally educational work in various social fields, many outside the art scene, by imparting methodological and didactic skills.
The programme is divided into two main specialisations: Art in Practice and Art in Dialogue. Upon beginning the programme, you choose which one to specialise in.
Module 1: Art and Society
The focus is on the structure, requirements and social significance of “artistic action” and possibilities for its promotion and development. Emphasis is placed on the changed role of artists in modern society, the expanded concept of art, and the artistic accompaniment of biographical and social processes.
Modules 2 and 4: Specialisation Art in Practice
On the basis of the research questions documented in your project proposal, you develop a comprehensive work. The focus is on independent studio and project work. The aim is to deal professionally with artistic media and methods and their forms of presentation.
Modules 2 and 4: Specialisation Art in Dialogue
The focus is on an independent culturally educational project or art mediation project, which is conceived in module 2 and carried out in module 4. The project is supported and jointly reflected upon in work groups. You expand your knowledge of project management, methodology and didactics so that you can develop, plan and carry out target group-specific artistic exercises and actions.
Module 3: Art and Cultural Management
Both the formal requirements for freelance work and self-management are integral components of this module. You become familiar with the legal, economic and social conditions and possibilities for your professional work as an artist. You learn to design and describe your own profile and to write applications and project proposals.
Module 5: Interdisciplinary Learning
From all of the courses offered by the degree programmes at the university, you can select those that are most beneficial for your own learning process or that you require in order to realise your own projects or career goals.
Module 6: Master’s Thesis
The programme concludes with the Master's thesis, the core of which is a larger project that you plan, carry out, evaluate and document independently.
Reflection and Artistic Exchange
In the scope of regular colloquia, issues in contemporary art discourse are dealt with as well as topics in art theory, aesthetics and social science.
Preparation for a Freelance Career
The programme prepares students for the various aspects involved in being a professional artist.
• Legal and financial conditions for freelance work as an artist
• Planning and implementation of exhibitions
• Planning and implementation of culturally educational projects
A significant component of the programme’s concept is to support you in developing and pursuing your own course of study. For this purpose, when you apply for the programme, you should include a project proposal on a topic that you would like to develop and work on intensively throughout the period of your studies. The topic can be purely artistic or focus on aspects of social art or art mediation. You pursue and realise your individual project parallel to your studies.
Students from all disciplines learn together in the Studium Generale, an essential part of all degree courses at Alanus University. In the lectures and seminars of this cultural studies programme, current social phenomena are discussed as well as philosophical issues and topics in art history.
• A first university degree from a programme of at least 4-year duration (Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent degree)
• If the previous degree programme in fine arts was less than 8 semesters, it is possible to make up 30-60 ECTS of the Bachelor’s programme after admission to the Master’s programme.
• Foreign applicants require proof of sufficient German language skills, both spoken and written. More information is available from the International Office.
The Master’s programme can be started in either Autumn or Spring Semester. Applications can be submitted year round.
Only written (no digital) applications are accepted. Please submit documentation on your previous artistic or social artistic projects as well as a proposal for a development project with a focus on art, social art or art mediation. Work on this project is a major component of the Master’s programme. The application form and a list of the required documents are available in the upper right under Downloads.
After reviewing the application documents, we invite suitable candidates to an aptitude test, in which they present their motivation to study and their project proposal to a jury made up of professors.