The Art Academy of Latvia announces POST, a new interdisciplinary specialization of master’s degree programme in art, based on art in context. The programme seeks to explore and examine how it is possible to study art today, while being simultaneously in Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, a region with different borders, characterised by a changing environment and a rich experience regarding the forced use of global ideologies and their collapse. Taking into account the cultural, historical and geopolitical contexts and the artistic processes attached to them, we are in an environment of unique experiences. MA POST can be perceived as an open study space for various ideas and experiments, moving along in the zigzagged relief of theory and practice. The structure of this degree programme consists of three interacting blocks: Practice, Theory and Context.
The key objective of the Practice Block is to shape and reconstruct individual artistic practice. The programme offers time, space and support for the analysis and development of practice, expecting the student to be involved in motivated, self-organised activity in the studio or outside it. The teaching methodology aims to provide each student with the support of two practical study tutors and the discomfort that promotes creativity. International experience of the lecturers and personal practice that covers various art media provide a comprehensive and multifaceted critical contribution to the study process. The course brings into focus individual thinking, analysis and self-reflection, while applying skills, knowledge and a critical view.
Great emphasis is put on the experiments and interpretation in the search for the form of expression, regardless of whether the form is material or immaterial, three-dimensional or two-dimensional, digital or performative, puritanical or hedonistic, etc. The new degree speciality is aimed at capturing ideas that could be viewed or experienced in the form of an exhibition at the end of each study year, in exhibition projects outside the academy as well as in the final exhibition after two years of study.
Theory block consists of three parts: Critical Theory & Art, Creative and Uncreative Writing as well as Academic and Practice Writing.
The Critical Theory and Art course offers a range of theoretical perspectives that shape the discourses of art and visual culture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, exploring the intersection of artistic practice and theoretical and political ideas. The course is based on trauma and memory studies, gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, posthumanism, ecocriticism and new historicism. An equally important role in the course is given to regional research, which critically evaluates what is happening in the Baltic, Eastern European and Northern European regions. The Creative and Uncreative Writing course takes a look at the diversity of text and visuality relationships in contemporary culture, referring to contemporary art and literature. It involves reading both creative and critical texts as well as working on creative tasks.
The Context Block aims to explore random or deliberately selected, interconnected fragments of circumstances, events, facts and experiences that may prove fundamentally necessary or, on the contrary, superfluous, in order to approach the possibility of comprehending the meaning of the aggregate or causal relationships in art. The Context Block offers a closer look at various aspects that can influence the work of art or an artist – culturally, politically, socially, economically, geographically, institutionally and in other ways. This section of the course takes the students on a journey to three enigmatic planets: the artist’s planet, the work of art’s planet and the viewer’s planet. How free are we or can we be in this space?
The block consists of four parts: practical involvement in the creation of exhibitions and exhibiting in an environment outside the academy are covered in the Exitus section; supplementing the experience through educational excursions and group visits to museums and exhibitions are part of the Excursions section; a platform for generating unexpected creative lines, delivering new and unpredictable impulses in creative activity is discussed in the Out of Context section; creative activity in connection with career development and commercial understanding of the field is viewed in the Creative Industries section.
The syllabus of the POST degree programme is provided by tutors whose backgrounds cover the fields of poetry, philosophy, graphic design, painting, sculpture, music and other areas of art and theory– Kristaps Ancāns, Ieva Astahovska, Atis Jākobsons, Artis Ostups, Jānis Ozoliņš, Gļebs Panteļejevs, Kārlis Vērdiņš, Armands Zelčs and Amanda Ziemele. Every two years, students from Latvia and abroad who have completed their bachelor’s degree and have a wide range of interests, skills, beliefs and an unfocused view of the purpose of life are invited to apply for the programme. Students who lack a portrait in a landscape, sound in still life and movement on a pedestal.
Students’ application for admission to the POST master’s degree programme for 2021/2023 will be open from 20 April 2021 to 15 June 2021. More information about the admission rules and process as well as the programme is available - see below.
More information about MA POST click here.
Duration: 2 years (full-time)
ECTS credits: 120
Course language: English, Latvian
Fees and funding: 10 fully funded study places for students from European Union countries;
however, we welcome applications from outside the EU as well.
Start date: 30 August 2021
Application dates and deadlines
Application opens: 19 April 2021
Application closes: 15 June 2021
Applications must be sent electronically to post(abols)lma.lv
We recommend you to submit the application as soon as possible before this date, as the applications
will be proceeded on a regular basis and invitations to interviews will be sent out periodically before
the application deadline.
NB: Any applications after 15 June 2021 will automatically be considered unsuccessful.
Virtual Open Days: 23 April, 5pm - 6pm, platform Zoom (in English).
To register for the Open Days please send the following information to post(abols)lma.lv including
OPEN DAYS 23 in subject line: your name, last name, age, country of residence.
The application need to be prepared as single pdf document (not exceeding 20 MB)
and have to include following:
1. Application Form, (Download here);
2. Copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate;
3. Overview of your creative activity to date (Portfolio);
4. Master's Study Project Proposal;
6. Letter of Motivation (in Latvian or English);
7. 1-3 Letters of Recommendations (optional);
8. Copy of the biodata page of your passport or ID (identification card);
9. Approval of payment for registration services (payment order).
1. Application Form
Click here to download the application form. It needs to be filled and added to the merged
2. Copy of your Bachelor’s degree certificate.
What to submit if you haven't finished your studies yet?
The applicant must submit copies of documents certifying the Bachelor's education –
diploma and transcript of records. If the applicant is in his/her final study semester – a
confirmation from the current educational institution about the readiness to obtain a
Bachelor's degree in the current semester, as well as a statement of current success.
Documents must be submitted in Latvian or English, and translations must be notarized. If
the Bachelor's education was obtained outside Latvia, a certificate of the BA level
qualification must be attached. The applicant must present the original documents
confirming the obtaining of the Bachelor's degree when concluding the study agreement.
3. Overview of your creative activity to date (Portfolio).
What should I include?
The overview of your creative activity to date (Portfolio) consists of a textual presentation
with photo documentation of the most significant works made in the last five years. Maximum
volume – 10 pages. For non-print media, the material must be placed on online platforms
such as YouTube or Vimeo (don't forget to include passwords). Documentation must be
accompanied by annotation and a caption of the image stating: year, medium/technique,
material, size or dimensions.
4. Master's Study Project Proposal.
The recommended amount – from 1000 to 2000 words
You should include the following:
1. Overall ambition and aims;
2. Description of the chosen topic, its relevance and importance;
3. Areas of investigation and research (including references);
4. Previously gained skills and knowledge which could support the development of the
5. A list of the intended methods, techniques and materials, resources and possible
6. Insights into the previous research experience or creative practice and skills;
7. Expected personal development;
8. The visual material of the practical work (sketches, photographs, reproductions, drawings,
etc.) must be attached to the Master's Study Project Proposal. In audio-visual media art,
other media materials can be added using links to online platforms such as YouTube or
Vimeo (don't forget to include passwords).
What should I include?
Biographical information, acquired education, language skills (document certifying English
language skills), creative and work experience.
6. Letter of Motivation (in Latvian or English),
The recommended amount is 500 words.
You should include the following:
1. Why are you interested in studying at MA POST?
2. How would you describe your current creative activity and its possible development?
3. What qualities, skills or abilities of yours could be useful to achieve the set goals?
7. Letters of Recommendations
The applicant may add letters of recommendation from previous educational institutions,
collaborators of interesting and exciting projects, supervisors of final theses, reviewers,
coaches, spiritual leaders and even neighbours, if all the above refuse to do so. The number
of references should not exceed three. This requirement is optional and will not have a direct
impact on the selection of applicants.
8. Copy of the biodata page of your passport or ID
You need to include a copy of the biodata page of your valid passport or ID (identification
card). As all the submission materials, it needs to be added to the merged pdf document.
9. Approval of payment for registration services (payment order)
When submitting documents, the applicant pays a fee for the document registration service
of 14 EUR to the Art Academy of Latvia bank account. The amount of this fee is non-
refundable. Orphans and children left without parental support do not have to pay for
Latvijas Mākslas akadēmija
Kalpaka bulv.13, Rīga, LV–1050
Registration number: 90000029965
Bank Account: LV62TREL9220051000000
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Purpose: 21351 EKK – fee for entrance examinations
Payment order must include: Code, name and surname of the payer
(applicant), the purpose of the payment (the fee for entrance examinations)
If I am admitted – What happens next?
The necessary documents when signing a study agreement.
Before signing the study contract, all successful candidates present the originals of the
documents to the Admission Commission of the Art Academy of Latvia. The commission
makes sure that the information provided by the applicants is true and appropriate. The
applicant submits three document photographs (3 x 4 cm). In case of misleading or giving
false statements to the Admission Commission, the applicant is excluded from the enrolment
Selection process and criteria
1. Applicants who have successfully passed the application procedure and demonstrated an
appropriate amount of experience and knowledge to successfully start the study program will
be invited for an interview.
2. After evaluating all the information, the Admission Commission will inform the applicant in
writing (to the indicated e-mail address) about the possibility to study in the POST speciality.
Unsuccessful applicants will receive a letter of rejection.
3. Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Content and quality of the applicant's work and application overall;
- Previous creative activity (relevance and awareness of context);
- Content and quality of Master's Study Project Proposal, originality of the idea;
- Motivation to develop artistic practise;
- The ability to discuss and present ideas in a structured way.