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About Nova

Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA) educates contemporary art and visual culture education professionals and researchers, to achieve understanding of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication, and give relevant competencies and pedagogical interaction skills for working in cross-cultural and international educational situations and environments. NoVA builds on Nordic expertise, and is open for international students. Nordic perspectives are related to current discussions in the field of international art education.

Teaching is provided by Nordic universities, and each student will study in person at two universities. Each student stays one or two semester at a NoVA partner University and is guided to study minimum 20 ECTS and maximum 40 ECTS in one other NoVA partner university.

NoVA is based on e-learning, contact teaching, and face-to-face meetings. The idea of blended learning is the foundation of NoVA. Learning by doing, problem oriented approaches, and learning by using is integrated with practical and theoretical e-learning based activities. Contact teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, peer working and student presentations, using multimodal approaches: texts, images, audio, and different physical and digital interfaces and communication.

Teaching is provided by the Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education at Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design (SE), School of Art, Design and Architecture at Aalto University – School of Art and Design (FI), Communication and Digital media, in Copenhagen, Department for Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University (DK).

In Aalto University, NoVA is organized as an independent 120 ECTS Master’s Degree Programme. At Konstfack, NoVA is a study specialization within the Master’s Degree programme in Visual Culture and Learning, At Aalborg University, NoVA is a study specialization within the master program of Communication. 

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