Umeå Academy of Fine Arts is a part of the Arts Campus. Since 2012 you can find us in new, modern premises, beautifully located by Umeå river. As a student you will get a good insight to and understanding for the role of art in today's society and how it has evolved over time. Moreover, you practise your ability to analyze, debate and write about art from a critical point of view. Focus is on your own individual artistic expression.
We have every year a very large number of applicants, particularly to our Bachelor programme, of which 15-20 students are admitted to each programme. In total there are approximately 70 students at the school. Apart from our Bachelor and Master programme in Fine Arts we usually offer one or two summer courses each year and Aesthetics I,II or III as a single-subject course.
For the study year 2016/17 the application will be open between February 1 and March 1. Start by applying via universityadmissions.se. After that you send in your portfolio/ work samples via the link which will be published on http://www.art.umu.se/en/education/application/ no later than the February 1 when the application opens. On the school's web site you also find more information about the application process and what happens after you have applied. Many of the school's guest teachers and professors are internationally active artists which, apart from the teaching being held in English, brings international influences to the school. Each class has its own tutor who follows his or her students during the year. Because a large part of the education consists of your own artistic work much responsibility lies on you as a student to, in cosultation with your tutor, plan your studies. Additionally, all teachers at the school are available and offer studio talks/ individual tutorials. Each student has his or her own studio place and access to the shool's well-equipped workshops and project rooms in wood, metal, plaster, bronze, graphic, photo, video and computer-based work. Besides your own artistic work the studies consist of courses and workshops, seminars, lectures and field studies. Apart from certain mandatory courses the schedule is determined based on the education board meetings held each semester together with student representatives, professors, study director and coordinator.
Examination in your final study year is in the form of an essay followed by an exam exhibition.
The Bachelor programme in Fine Arts prepares you for work as a professional artist in Sweden or abroad and/ or in areas where artistic skills and research are essential. After your Degree you can choose to apply and continue study on the master program.
Degree of Bachelor in Fine Arts
Application and eligibility
Bachelor Programme in Fine Arts, 180 hp
Autumn Term 2019
Autumn Term 2019
Type of studies
English (upon request)
Basic eligibility as well as specific eligibility in the form of approved work samples and approved interview. The equivalent of the Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.
Selection among qualified applicants is based on submitted work samples/portfolio and interview. Application is made in two steps. Step 1: Apply via universityadmissions.se. Step 2: Upload your work samples via the link which will be available on the schools website, art.umu.se when the application opens on 22 January. Deadline to apply is 1 March.
The online application opens 22 January 2019 at 13:00 CET.
Application deadline is
1 March 2019.
Application and Tuition fees
As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.