Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #190 (WUR) ,
Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) educates contemporary art and visual culture professionals and researchers, to achieve understanding of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication. The Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) programme is offered at Aalto University.

About

Through the NoVA education, you achieve relevant competencies and pedagogical interaction skills for working in cross-cultural and international educational situations and environments. As a student, you may direct yourself toward teaching, producing, designing, guidance and consultant tasks on different levels of schooling, or in the fields of art and visual and media culture, social sectors and corporate life. Teaching is provided by faculty from three Nordic universities/ university colleges, and the program is open for international students. NoVA builds on Nordic competences and expertise, which are related to current discussions in the field of international art education.

Through courses on visual culture, social theory, pedagogy, aesthetics in digital communications and games, for example, students investigate seeing and being seen. NoVA students explore how digital technologies affect perception and how vision is constructed. Students research visual events to understand the relationship between institutions, the media, society, and the economic sphere. Thus the NoVA programme provides students with opportunities to critically reflect upon and synthesize previous experiences and knowledge as well as generate new knowledge on contemporary art and education, digital communication, and visual studies.

Goal of EducationContent outcomes
  • Students understand a broad range of issues, theories, and practices of Nordic art education and visual studies
  • Students understand practices and traditions of cross-cultural and international education
  • Students understand the interrelationship of social and cultural issues, curriculum content, philosophies of teaching, and the construction of democratic spaces of learning
  • Students understand the geo-political and pedagogical dimensions of space, place, the public sphere, and private realms
Skill outcomes
  • Students are able to analyse, interpret, and respond to images, objects, and sites in everyday life through theories of visual culture
  • Students are able to connect art and visual image making and the interpretation of visual culture to issues of power and representation, for advancing pedagogy
  • Students are able to use digital technology for contemporary art didactics
  • Students are able to produce layered, interactive, and dynamic visual work, in different formats and media
  • Students are able to develop plans, carry out in practice, and document independent practical projects
Career opportunities

Students that graduate from NoVA will have strong intercultural understanding and experiences, and knowledge of teaching practices and theories in different Nordic countries. This cross-cultural study offers work opportunities internationally in different art, educational, and visual communicational areas, institutions, organisations, communities, art and culture projects. Students may direct themselves toward teaching, producing, designing, guidance and consultant tasks on different levels of schooling, or in the fields of art and visual and media culture, social sectors and corporate life.

The Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) programme is offered at Aalto University.

Programme Structure

Education content

NoVA courses are mapped around three concepts: sights, sites, cites. Throughout the NoVA programme, students focus on the significance of “sight” in relation to theories, practices, and networks of visual studies.  With the concept of  ”site,” students investigate the geo-political and pedagogical dimensions of space, place, the public sphere, and private realms. And, students are provided with opportunities to critically reflect upon and synthesize previous experiences and knowledge as well as generate new knowledge through “citational” practices that draw upon existing social and cultural texts, theories, artworks, and research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
  • A printed and signed cover letter from the online application system. 
  • An officially attested copy ofan official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma
  • An official transcript of records
  • An authorised translation of the degree certificate/diploma and an authorised translation of the official transcript of records
  • Language certificate
  • Portfolio
  • A CV

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Bachelor's and master's programmes taught in English have a tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens. 

Living costs for Helsinki

910 - 1400 EUR/month
Living Costs

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Funding

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