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

Master's programme | 120 credits
Autumn 2020
100% Day
1 Closed GU-15098
1) Anyone can apply

About the Programme

The master’s programme in Applied Arts and Design focuses on materials and doing in an open, international and contemporary environment. Starting points are the concepts of material, body and space. The approach is based on understanding the world through our senses, which is reflected in your work.

The programme examines questions that move between the local and the global, between art, craft and design. Applied Arts and Design has three departmental orientations but works as one programme. Regardless of the orientation, you will work in an independent and experimental way with materials, techniques, form, content and function.

In the unique academic environment, in Dals Långed, 170 kilometers north of Gothenburg, you will have access to individual workplaces and to well-equipped workshops, computers and software. The workshops, equipment and accessibility will empower you to work wholeheartedly within your field of work. Supervision is also provided in written and advanced theory related to your ongoing work.

About the programme

  • Metal Art: The 1,200 square metre smithy allows for multifaceted, three-dimensional, experimental work at a large scale. There are eight coal fired forges in the smithy, and facilities for cutting, welding, bronze casting and working with sheet metal. The programme is in constant dialogue on issues related to objects and activities in public spaces.
  • Wood Oriented Furniture Design: The orientation is designed for you who want to use wood when developing furniture, products and services for future needs. The orientation offers the opportunity to immerse in a holistic and sustainable approach to issues often centred on social development. The wood used is usually produced locally. Research oriented experimentations in the workshops are conducted with a high level of craftsmanship, focusing on materials, techniques and context. Visit Furniture Design at instagram!
  • Textile – Body – Space: The orientation is designed for you who want to work with textiles in relation to body and space. You will develop various techniques in the broad field of textiles, i.e. knitting, textile printing, pleating, sewing, pattern making, weaving, embroidery and dyeing. These techniques will then be applied in relation to different materials and contexts. Good basic knowledge of textiles is important to fully appreciate and make use of the potential in this orientation.


During the first year, you familiarise yourself with your workshops and machinery to start up your workshop and studio project. Your subject knowledge is expanded and you practise your capacity to develop projects within your area. You will also gain a basic understanding of entrepreneurship, formulate an action plan for your future practice and build up your portfolio.

The second year begins with discussions of contemporary issues in relation to your own work. You will write a background text and reflect on the context and form of presentation as a basis for your degree project. During your degree project, you have access to an external mentor. Examinations are carried out with external opponents. The spring term ends with a degree exhibition.

You will formulate your projects along with your professor in relevance to your course work and orientation. The programme requires a high degree of autonomy, independence and self-motivation. As the master’s programme is international, the language of instruction is English.

Work areas/continuing studies

The programme prepares you to work on assignments for private and public clients, exhibitions and your own artistic practices. The programme also introduces preparatory knowledge for postgraduate (PhD) studies in the field.


The programme will result in one of the following degrees, depending on the chosen specialization:

Master of Fine Arts in Arts and Crafts with specialization in Metal Art

Master of Fine Arts in Design with specialization in Wood Oriented Furniture Design

Master of Fine Arts in Arts and Crafts with specialization in Textile – Body – Space

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts or equivalent of at least 180 credits, and approved work samples. The work samples should demonstrate artistic and technical ability, both of which are necessary to fully benefit from the programme. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: The selection is based on an assessment of submitted work samples and a personal interview. Information and instructions regarding the work samples can be found at

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 544 000 SEK
First payment: 136 000 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

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HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and Design
Box 131
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Kristinelundsgatan 6-8

Phone: 031-786 10 00

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