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HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design

Gothenburg , Sweden Full Member Institution

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Mission Statement

HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design, at the University of Gothenburg, conducts education and research in Design, Film, Photography, Fine Art, Crafts and Literary Composition – as well as teacher education in Visual Arts and Sloyd. We also offer a Master's Programme of Fine Arts in Literary Translation. 

Together with our sister department – the Academy of Music and Drama – we form the most broad-ranging faculty of arts in Scandinavia.

Within this transdisciplinary context, we provide highly specialised degree programmes in an outgoing, international environment – where our unique and broad range of subjects also enables our students and staff to foster a broader artistic perspective, as well as to explore new working models and research fields.

International Role

Student and teacher exchange studies, also exchange studies at PHD-level. Participation in international exhibitions, fairs, competitions and work-shops. Projects in developing countries.

National Role

HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design, at the University of Gothenburg, conducts education and research in Design, Film, Photography, Fine Art, Crafts and Literary Composition. Collaborations with universities in the region: Chalmers University of Technology, The Swedish School of Textiles School of Bussines, Economics and Laws Associations: ADA – Association for Design and Advertising Bengtsfors kommun BRG – Business Region Göteborg, Cirrus – Nordic network, D&R Design, Research network ELIA – European League Institute of the Arts, Göteborg Crafts Association, Kids Ark Not Quite NUTEK – The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth SA – Swedish Association of Architects SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SVID – Swedish Industrial Design Foundation Other institutions The Röhss Museum for Design and Applied Arts, Göteborg Industrial and business connections IKEA, Volvo. 

Main Focus

BA, MA in Crafts, Design and Art. Research in Design, Crafts and Arts. Teacher Training Programmes

Faculties and Departments

Design, Film, Photography, Fine Art, Crafts and Literary Composition – as well as teacher education in Visual Arts and Sloyd. 

Bachelor Level Programs

BFA in Design, 3 years

BFA in Ceramic Art, 3 years

BFA in Jewellery Art, 3 years

BFA in Textile Art, 3 years

BFA in Film Composition, 3 years 

BFA in Fine Arts, 3 years

BFA in Photography, 3 years 

BFA in Metal Arts, 3 years

BFA in Testile-Body-Space, 3 years

BFA in Wood Oriented Furniture Design, 3 years

Master Level Programs

MFA in Design, 2 years

MFA in Child Culture Design, 2 years

MFA in Crafts with specialty in Ceramic Art, 2 years

MFA in Crafts with specialty in Jewellery Art, 2 years

MFA in Crafts with specialty in Textile Art, 2 years

Department of Teachers Education programme

MA Specialist teacher examVisual Art, 2 years

MFA in Design with Specialisation in Embedded Design, 2 years

MFA in Film, 2 years

MFA in Fine Arts, 2 years

MFA in Photography, 2 years

MFA Programme in Applied Arts and Design, Metal Art, 2 years 

MFA Programme in Applied Arts and Design, Textile-Body-Space, 2 years

MFA Programme in Applied Arts and Design, Wood oriented Furniture design, 2 years

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Please follow this link for information about exchange studies: https://www.gu.se/en/study-in-gothenburg/exchange-student/courses/faculty-specific-information/faculty-of-fine-applied-and-performing-arts/exchange-studies-at-hdk-valand-academy-of-art-and-design

Application Deadlines

Autumn semester: 15 February – 1 April

Spring semester: 1 September – 15 October

Teaching Languages

On bachelor level the main teaching (lectures) is held in Swedish, however all teachers, fellow students and staff speaks English. Project and courses descriptions are always available in English. Examinations and presentations are always held in English whenever exchange students are in the group.
On Master level, teaching language is English.

Semester Dates

Autumn semester: beginning of September – mid January

Spring semester: Mid January – beginning of June

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

900 Euro

Students

Bachelor: 460
Master: 140
Doctorate: 14

Exchange Students

Incoming: 40
Outgoing: 40
Others: 60

Teaching Staff

Professors: 9
Lectures: 19
Other permanent teachers: 37
Part-time Teachers: 200

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