Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
Published on June 19, 2015
Konstfack is the largest university college of arts, crafts and design in Sweden. Each year, almost 900 students are enrolled in Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, the Teacher Education programs and freestanding courses.
It was established in 1844 and educates more than 900 students each year in Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, the Teacher Education programs and professional courses. The University College has a strong international character and will prepare you as a student for the world as your arena.
Konstfack’s MFA program has taken a leadership role in pioneering graduate education with a unique character. Through exploratory, cross-disciplinary workshops in art, craft and design, this is a program that prepares you for both a research and professional career. The new two-year program leads to an MA in one of four areas: Design, CRAFT!, Visual Communication and Art.
In 2004, Konstfack moved to Telefonplan, just south of Stockholm city center. The building is the former Ericsson telephone factory which has been converted into a 20,300 square meter art and design university college. The first space you encounter when entering Konstfack is Vita Havet which constantly changes its appearance as new exhibitions and projects come and go. There is also a gallery for exhibiting the students’ own works.
Guided by eminent professors, teachers, guest professionals and theoreticians, you will lay the foundations for your own artistic development. You will spend your final year working on your degree project which will be displayed at the Konstfack Degree Exhibition.
Each student has access to an individual workspace, a computer lab and fully-equipped studios and workshops.
There is probably no other art and design university college in Europe with such well-equipped workshops as Konstfack. These include computer labs, woodwork and metalwork shops, screen-printing and textile printing facilities, weaving room, color workshop, graphics workshop, photographic and TV studios, glassworks, ceramics workshop and studios for sculpture and painting. The workshops allow crafts to be produced in many different materials and allow you to use experimental, and sometimes high-tech methods, to challenge existing boundaries.
Konstfack has one of Sweden’s largest art and design libraries. The main goal is to be a strategic informational and inspirational resource for students and staff. The library provides books – and course literature – databases, and print and electronic journals. The library also has a materials library with samples that can be borrowed, and a video collection with art videos that can be viewed in the library. The library staff provides professional search guidance and training in information retrieval, both individually and in groups.
International University College
Konstfack is a university college with an international character. The professors and teachers are recruited internationally and the students that participate in our Master’s program represent several continents. The internationalisation work contributes to the exchange of knowledge and increases understanding between countries, cultures and religions. In addition it will prepare you as a student for the world as your arena.
Konstfack has exchange agreements and joint projects with some 60 universities and colleges in more than 25 countries. Konstfack receives about 70 international students each year. Approximately 30 of these students participate in studies conducted in English for our Master’s program. Exchange students are received within the framework of one of the programs in which we participate, such as the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Nordplus program, EU’s Lifelong Learning/Erasmus Program, and the Linnaeus-Palme program funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).