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Diploma in art

Leading to a specialisation in either creative writing or music
  • Study period 2 years
  • Department Faculty of Faroese Language and Literature
  • Number of students Approximately 15
  • ECTS 120
  • Tuition fees (Full-time studies) Free of charge for citizens of the Kingdom of Denmark and other Nordic countries
  • Tuition fees (single ccourse) 200 DKK/ECTS

Purpose

The diploma develops the practical capacity to conduct independent artistic work and furnishes the students with theoretical knowledge that enables them to think analytically about art and their own creative process.

Structure

The degree is 2/3 practical and 1/3 theoretical and is divided into two tracks: creative writing and music. One part of the curriculum consists of joint courses attended by all students. The other part is contingent on which track the student chooses to follow.

1. semester

2. semester

3. semester

4. semester

Workshop I

(class instruction each track separately)

10 ECTS

Workshop II

(class instruction each track separately)

10 ECTS

Workshop III

(class instruction each track separately)

10 ECTS

 

 

 

Final project
20 ECTS

Independent work I

(masterclass / individual tuition)

10 ECTS

Independent work II

(masterclass / individual tuition)

10 ECTS

Independent work III

(masterclass / individual tuition)

10 ECTS

 

Art theory I

(class instruction both tracks jointly)

10 ECTS

Art theory II

(class instruction each track separately)

10 ECTS

Art theory III

(class instruction each track separately)

10 ECTS

Thesis

10 ECTS

 

Organisation of degree

The diploma takes two years to complete and is composed of courses where the students partly follow a fixed curriculum and partly design their own course of study.

The first semester is comprised of three courses two of which represent the practical component of the degree and one which represents the theoretical component. One half of the practical instruction takes place in workshops which help the students master the craft of their chosen discipline. The other half is devoted to independent work which emphasises and promotes the students’ own creative process. A joint course in aesthetics constitutes the theoretical third of the semester.

The second and third semesters follow the same basic template. New theories and methods are introduced in the workshops while the independent work is a continuation of the work done during the previous semester. The theoretical part contains both joint courses and courses which are specific to the track chosen by the student.

The fourth semester differs from the prior semesters in that more time is assigned to the students’ own work. Two thirds of the time are devoted to completing a final project. The remaining time is reserved for writing a thesis which presents a scholarly reflection on the topic of the final project.

Content

The workshops in music introduce the students to tonal theory, harmony, composition, song writing, arranging, music technology and other relevant subjects. The workshops in creative writing introduce the students to different genres of writing, narratology, storytelling, style, close reading, as well as translation. The instructors tailor the teaching to fit the needs and interests of the students. In the first instance, this is done with reference to the application materials submitted by the students.

The independent work provides the students with an opportunity to develop an individual artistic identity. Group instruction and individual tuition form a setting for analysing and discussing the students’ own work. The students develop the ability to take a critical stance to their own work and to provide constructive criticism of the work of others.

The theoretical component includes lectures and seminars in aesthetics, literature, literary theory, music history, and musicology. The students gain insight into the contexts and connections which have shaped their artistic discipline and acquire theoretical tools enabling them to analyse art from different perspectives.

The final project and thesis are intended as the main contents of a portfolio documenting the student’s artistic ability vis-à-vis future employers and other educational institutions. The final project results in an original piece of literature or music whereas the associated thesis considers that work and the preceding creative process from a theoretical point of view. A supervisor oversees the completion of both tasks.

Examinations

Examinations are held twice a year. Winter exams take place in December and January. Summer exams take place in May and June. Re-examinations and make-up exams are held during the spring and autumn.

Eligibility to sit exams is conditional on active participation in classes.

 

Admissions requirements

Admission via quota 1 is conditional on completion of the General Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate. If the application is submitted via quota 2, other qualifications of a comparable level may be approved after further evaluation.

In addition, admission to the programme requires the submission of a work sample, which demonstrates sufficient artistic ability in either creative writing or music. Applications for creative writing must be accompanied by five pages of writing. Applications for music must be accompanied by scores and/or recordings of up to five minutes. Applicants should also a submit a personal statement of about one page which describes their artistic practice. For each discipline, a committee counting three member evaluates the material accompanying the application.

The deadline for quota 1 as well as quota 2 is June 1.

Future prospects

The diploma lays the foundation for a career as an independent artist where one to a large extent forms the trajectory of one’s own career.

In addition, the degree provides transferable skills which are advantageous in the media, the private sector, and public institutions where innovation and imaginativeness are prized abilities – be it as a content developer, a commercial composer, or in some other role in the creative industry.
 

Continuing education

After the completion of the diploma, it is possible to apply to other educational institutions to read for a Bachelor of Arts. If the relevant institution accepts ECTS-credits points accumulated elsewhere, the University of the Faroe Islands will vouch for the points earned in connection with the diploma in art.
 

Further information

For further information, please contact Jens Dam Ziska, director of studies, JensDZ@setur.fo