Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA)

Aalto University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
15000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) from Aalto University 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. 


This cross-cultural Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) offers work opportunities internationally in different art, educational, and visual communicational areas, institutions, organisations, communities, and art and culture contexts. 

In addition to Aalto University, Department of Art (Finland), collaborating universities and departments are: Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Sweden) and Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University - Copenhagen, (Denmark). Teaching is provided by three Nordic universities, and each student will study in person at two universities. Each student stays one or two semester at a NoVA partner University. The choice of the exchange university guides the contents of studies. Depending on the combination, students may, for example, choose to emphasize media communication or contemporary artistic studies.

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. 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 degree alone does not qualify as teacher competency. Through NoVA, students are prepared for doctoral studies and for the possibility to continue their research profession.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Visual cultures and aesthetics in digital communication and learning designs
  • Gamification
  • Critical social issues in art education
  • Research methodologies 
  • On-line thesis seminar 
  • NoVA seminar 
  • Theories and practices of Visual Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The admission criteria is based on the applicants’ educational backgrounds, other studies and orientation in the field, as assessed through: 

  • a letter of intent and a study plan, including a section of proposed area of research, 
  • portfolio, 
  • curriculum vitae and 
  • evaluation consultation (interview) for the applicants selected to the second phase.

Consideration is given to pedagogical intentions, interaction and communication abilities, and multiply literacies and competences.

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA)
Aalto University