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Mission Statement

The role of the Iceland University of the Arts (IUA) is to encourage progressive thinking in the arts and to stimulate innovation and development in different fields.

International Role

The IUA has established bilateral agreements with many European institutions through the Erasmus program, as well as collaborating closely with other Nordic Institutions of higher education in art and design.

National Role

The IUA offers education in the arts at the university level and conveys both knowledge and professionalism in the arts to Icelandic society.

Main Focus

Art and Design

Faculties and Departments

Department of Design

Department of Architecture

Department of Fine Art

Department of Arts Education

Department of Music

Department of Performing Arts

Bachelor Level Programs

Department of Design

BA Visual Communication, 3 years

BA Product Design, 3 years

BA Fashion Design, 3 years


Department of Architecture

BA Architecture, 3 years


Department of Fine Art

BA Fine Art, 3 years


Department of Music

B.Mus Instrumental/Vocal Performance, 3 years

BA Church Music, 3 years

BA Creative Music Communication, 3 years

BA Vocal and Instrumental Pedagogy, 3 years

BA Composition, 3 years


Department of Performing Arts

BA Acting, 3 years

BA Contemporary Dance, 3 years

BA Theatre and Performance Making, 3 years

Department of Design 

MA Design, 2 years

Department of Architecture

MA Architecture, 2 years 

Department of Fine Art

MA Fine Art, 2 years

MA Curatorial Practice, 2 years


Department of Arts Education

MA/M.Art.Ed. Arts Education, 2 years


Department of Music

MA Composition, 2 years

M.Mus New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP), 2 years

Research Activity and Main Areas

The main research fields at the Department of Design and Department of Architecture are sustainability and design, design and social intervention, interdisciplinary studies, cultural theory, urban studies, visual culture and identity.

Department of Design 

BA Fashion Design

BA Visual Communication

BA Product Design

MA Design

Department of Architecture

BA Architecture

Department of Fine Art

BA Fine Art

MA Fine Art

MA Curatorial Practice


Department of Music

B.Mus Instrumental/Vocal Performance

BA Composition

BA Creative Music Communication

M.Mus New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP)

MA Composition


Department of Performing Arts

BA Contemporary Dance Practices

BA Theatre and Performance Making

Application Deadlines

Autumn semester April 15

Spring semester October 15

Teaching Languages

Programmes on the BA level are taught in Icelandic. Exchange students are normally admitted to the second year in which case classes will be availalbe in English to some extent. BA Contemporary Dance Practices is the only BA programme which is fully taught in English.

Most of the programmes on the MA level are international, in which case the language of instruction is English. This includes MA in Design and MA in Architecture.

Semester Dates

Approximate dates:

August 20 – December 20

January 5 – May 15

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)



Bachelor: 350-400
Master: 80-100

Exchange Students

Incoming: 70
Outgoing: 50-65

Teaching Staff

Other permanent teachers: 37
Part-time Teachers: 250

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