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Iceland Academy of the Arts


The Department of Fine Art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (IAA) provides a productive and dynamic environment where students gain knowledge and training in contemporary fine art practice, with insights on both local and international perspectives.

The IAA is a self governing institution providing higher education in it´s five departments of design and architecture, performing arts, music, art education and fine art. The objective of the Department of Fine Art is to be a leading force in fine art instruction and an open venue for research and debate. The Department offers a three-year, 180 ECTS, programme leading to a BA degree and a two-year, 120 ECTS programme, leading to an MA degree.
Whereas the BA Programme aims to introduce a variety of methods and means for students ́ artistic practice, the MA Programme seeks to strengthen students’ prior understanding of their work and its context, allowing more flexibility and specialization through the development of individual projectsand an open structure of studies.

Fine art study programs
Bachelor level:
▪    Fine art
Master level:
▪    Fine art

KUNO contact person
Coordinators name: Alma Ragnarsdóttir
Phone: +354 545 2205
Address of Fine Art Department: Laugarnesvegur 91, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Address of International Office: Thverholt 11, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland.

Application deadlines for incoming exchange
15 April for autumn semester
15 October for spring semester

Semester dates
Autumn semester: last week of August until Christmas (4 months)
Spring semester: early-mid January until mid-late May (4-5 months)

Teaching languages
The MA programmes at the Academy are taught in English. Programmes at the BA level are officially taught in Icelandic, but international students will receive individual guidance in English. The Academy receives a number of guest teachers from abroad every semester, in which case the language of instruction will be English.  Exams and final projects can be delivered in English.

Language requirements
MA level: students should have a good command of both written and spoken English. Level C1 – C2 is appropriate. Minimum requirement is B2.
BA level: students are expected to have a reasonable level of English. Level B2 is appropriate, although B1 can be accepted.

Student exchange information

Contact information:
Sigrún Inga Hrólfsdóttir, Dean of Department of Fine Art
Alma Ragnarsdóttir, Head of International Office