Between and among the NoVA partners, a broad range of study areas include:
- Critical pedagogy with social and cultural awareness. This stems from aspects of the highly valued Nordic education systems, emphasising democratic societies, egalitarianism, socially just pedagogical skills and practices, human rights and social and cultural sustainability.
- Nordic digital technologies, digital media, new technologies, and communication. Social and cultural competences in ICT & online communication are included to the programme as content and as pedagogical methods.
- Contemporary art didactics. This includes project and problem oriented teaching, and collaborative and participatory based learning based on contemporary methods, and theories of art, pedagogy, and mediation.
- Visual culture developed in the Nordic region. This incorporates exploring creative and critical approaches to design and art making, coupled with a deep responsibility for openness, caring, and equality.
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.