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Five-Year programme in Fine Art

Master programme in Fine Art

Apply to the Five-Year programme in Fine Art

At the Royal Institute of Art, the students’ artistic work lies at the heart of all teaching. Students compose their own education, choosing from a wide range of workshops, courses and lectures. Each student has a renowned artist as supervising professor responsible for the student’s artistic development. In consultation with the professor students set up their individual studies – and long-term objectives. The student and the professor have regular studio sessions. The student is also part of a mixed-year students group, which has ongoing meetings with a professor.

General entry requirements

Admission to higher education studies begins with general entry requirements. You may acquire general entry requirements, for example, through a secondary school diploma. The Royal Institute of Art may make exemptions from the eligibility requirements if the institute finds that you have equivalent qualifications without meeting the formal eligibility requirements. Read more about eligibility requirements.

Specific entry requirements

Applicants to the Five-Year Programme in Fine Art are screened based on work samples.

Keep this in mind

The five-year Programme in Fine Art is a full-time education programme starting once a year. A lot of the progamme’s content is designed by in conjunction with your supervisor.. This approach allows you great individual freedom to create your own path through the course, but it also requires a great deal of responsibility. To make the most of your programme, you need to take responsibility for what you should do and attend.

How to apply

Applications to the Royal Institute of Art are made in two steps, first via universityadmissions.se and then vie the Royal Institute’s own application portal, where work samples are uploaded. Note that your application cannot be processed unless both steps have been completed. Download instructions for applicants to the five-year programme in fine art (pdf).

The application process and interviews

All digital applications are first reviewed by the Royal Institute’s Admissions Board, consisting of professors, teachers and student representatives. This happens in mid-March. After the first round, those who make it to the second round will be invited to submit original works. If you are unable to submit original works, your digital application will continue to be processed anyway. For example, video or audio works do not need to be sent again. In the second round, the Board will review all remaining applications as well as the original works submitted. This happens in April. A smaller group of applicants will then be invited for interviews in April. Interview invitations are sent at short notice and interviews may take place already the week after invitations have been sent out. You cannot change the time of the interview assigned to you, but if you are unable to physically be there, your interview can be conducted on Skype instead. You will be interviewed by a group from the Admissions Board and each interview takes 20 minutes. Admitted and waitlisted students are published on universityadmissions.se on 7 May 2020. 

Students applying for this year’s five-year programme must carefully read the application instructions and note applicable dates here (pdf).

Application fees

Fees do not apply to Swedish citizens or permanent residents in Sweden. This also applies to citizens of/permanent residents in the Nordic countries, the EU and Switzerland, who however must provide proof of citizenship with a copy of their passport or equivalent document. In the case of students from countries outside the EU/EEA however, admission and tuition fees do apply. The tuition fee at the Royal Institute of Art is SEK 316,430 per academic year, and the admission fee is SEK 900. The admission fee deadline is the same as the application deadline. If you fail to pay your admission fee on time, your application will not be processed in this call for applications. In order to obtain a residence permit for studies, foreign students who have been admitted to a programme in Sweden must prove to the Migration Agency that they have the funds needed to support themselves throughout the study period. The Royal Institute of Art has no scholarships for the five-year programme in fine art.

Equal treatment and equal conditions

The Royal Institute of Art is an independent and inclusive higher education institution, where employees and students, in a mutual commitment, safeguard the freedom of the arts and education. The Royal Institute of Art is dedicated to creating an enabling learning environment for all students, including by working against the unfavourable treatment of a student, related to any of the grounds of discrimination: gender, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and/or age. Students are entitled to a working environment, where all are equal and must be treated with respect and where no one shall be subject to discrimination or harassment.


Apply to the Master Programme in Fine Art

At the Royal Institute of Art, the students’ artistic work lies at the heart of all teaching. Students compose their own education, choosing from a wide range of workshops, courses and lectures. Each student has a renowned artist as supervising professor responsible for the student’s artistic development. In consultation with the professor students set up their individual studies – and long-term objectives. The student and the professor have regular studio sessions. The student is also part of a mixed-year students group, which has ongoing meetings with a professor.

General entry requirements

Admission to the Master programme in Fine Art requires an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts or equivalent. Equivalent means that you can otherwise prove that you meet the undergraduate degree requirements. Read about the objectives of the undergraduate degree in fine art here.

Specific entry requirements

Applicants to the master programme in fine art are screened based on work samples.

Keep this in mind

The five-year programme in fine art is a full-time education programme starting once a year. A lot of the progamme’s content is designed by in conjunction with your supervisor. This approach allows you great individual freedom to create your own path through the course, but it also requires a great deal of responsibility. To make the most of your programme, you need to take responsibility for what you should do and attend.

How to apply

Applications to the Royal Institute of Art are made in two steps, first on universityadmissions.se and then on KKH’s application portal, where work samples are uploaded. Note that your application cannot be processed unless both steps have been completed. Download instructions for applicants to the master programme in fine art (pdf).

The application process and interviews

All digital applications are first reviewed by the Royal Institute’s Admissions Board, consisting of professors, teachers and student representatives. This happens in mid-March.After the first round, those who make it to the second round will be called for an interview and will also be invited to submit original works. If you are unable to submit original works, your digital application will continue to be processed anyway. For example, video or audio works do not need to be sent again. You cannot change the time of the interview assigned to you, but if you are unable to physically be there, your interview can be conducted on Skype instead. You will be interviewed by a group from the Admissions Board and each interview takes 20 minutes. In the second round, the Board will review all remaining applications as well as the original works submitted. This happens in April. Admitted and waitlisted students are published on universityadmissions.se on 7 May 2020

Students applying for this year’s master programme must carefully read application instructions and note applicable dates here (pdf).

Application fees

Fees do not apply to Swedish citizens or permanent residents in Sweden. This also applies to citizens of/permanent residents in the Nordic countries, the EU and Switzerland, who however must provide proof of citizenship with a copy of their passport or equivalent document. In the case of students from countries outside the EU/EEA however, admission and tuition fees do apply. The tuition fee at the Royal Institute of Art is SEK 316,430 per academic year, and the admission fee is SEK 900. The admission fee deadline is the same as the application deadline. If you fail to pay your admission fee on time, your application will not be processed in this call for applications. In order to obtain a residence permit for studies, foreign students who have been admitted to a programme in Sweden must prove to the Migration Agency that they have the funds needed to support themselves throughout the study period. The Royal Institute of Art has no scholarships for the Master Programme in Fine Arts.

Equal treatment and equal conditions

The Royal Institute of Art is an independent and inclusive higher education institution, where employees and students, in a mutual commitment, safeguard the freedom of the arts and education. The Royal Institute of Art is dedicated to creating an enabling learning environment for all students, including by working against the unfavourable treatment of a student, related to any of the grounds of discrimination: gender, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression and/or age. Students are entitled to a working environment, where all are equal and must be treated with respect and where no one shall be subject to discrimination or harassment.