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We welcome your application to the MFA Programme in Fine Art. We will accept about 15 students to the programme in Fall 2020. Please read the instructions carefully before you start your application.

  1. Apply for the programme at universityadmissions.se
    Application period: October 16, 2019 - January 15, 2020
  2. Submit your portfolio through SlideRoom
    Period to submit portfolio: October 16, 2019 - January 22, 2020

An application is not valid without a submitted portfolio

Portfolio instructions 2020

Irrespective of chosen media and previous training you will be motivated to interrogate art’s relations to publicness and the role of the artist in society. Theory-curious, you will want to be introduced to applying investigative (research) methods for artistic practices. We call this artistic enquiry.

Your submission should include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae: 2 pages. List previous education, qualifications and relevant experience.
  2. Work Samples: 5-7 examples. Each may include numerous images. Upload any combination of video, sound, stills and text. Limit all video/sound to a 15-minute total. Give titles, media, dimensions and dates. Trained in a discipline other than Fine Art and have experience still relevant to this programme? If so, construct examples that evidence the relevance of your previous experience to this specific programme.
  3. Written Statements: Use two written statements to collectively argue the relevance of this MFA to your future development.

(i) Contextual Statement for Work Samples: 750 words total (max 5000 characters). This statement should address:

  • Social Significance: Tell us the specific problems, challenges or developments in society that the samples address. Explain why these are important. (200 words),
  • The Artist’s Role: What do you think the role of the artist in society is? Explain your position on this. (150 words),
  • Media, Methods and Materials: Tell us about the phases and processes involved in producing the samples. Describe what specific media, methods and materials were used. Explain why you chose them. (200 words),
  • Theory: Identify a theory that relates to your work samples, or a specific sample. Summarise the theory and explain its relevance to the sample/s. Credit writers/theorists. (200 words).

(ii) Statement of Intention: 500 words total (max 3000 characters) This statement should address:

  • Why this MFA?: Tell us why this specific MFA programme and institution are relevant to your future development. Explain specifically why learning about publicness and the role of the artist is a priority for you. (250 words)
  • Your Intentions?: Tell us what future questions, problems, or challenges you may want to investigate. Explain why these matter to society. Give a description of a process you may use to investigate these questions/problems etc., via art. (250 words)

Your application must be anonymous. Do not include names or Personal ID Number (personnummer) anywhere in this material. All texts must be in English.


Applications are assessed on overall suitability to the programme’s description, education plan and modus operandi via your:

  • Education, qualifications/relevant experience to study this postgraduate programme,
  • Previous use of media, methods and materials to explore problems, challenges and concerns in the public sphere,
  • Capacity to study in English at postgraduate level,
  • Capacity to contextualise and display theoretical awareness in writing,
  • Motivation to interrogate publicness and the role of the artist in society via artistic practice.

Submit your portfolio

Your portfolio is submitted digitally in our portfolio service SlideRoom: applyartsgu.slideroom.eu

SlideRoom closes at midnight (CET) on the day of deadline and after that it is not possible to submit. When you have submitted your portfolio in time you receive a confirmation e-mail from SlideRoom. We recommend you submit your portfolio in Slideroom 24 hours before the deadline.

For the purpose of handling and reviewing work samples, we use an external service provided by SlideRoom Technologies Inc. By using the service, you agree that the University of Gothenburg may handle your personal data and material submitted via SlideRoom in order to evaluate your application for education. The material you upload remains with SlideRoom until you choose to remove it from their servers. The University of Gothenburg may, by individual agreement with the applicant and in a way that the university decides, offer an alternative opportunity to submit work samples.

Application, selection & admission


You apply for the programme on universityadmissions.se and submit all documentation that is needed to show that you fulfill the entry requirements. It is very important that you submit complete documentation.

If you are not a Swedish citizen, or you are a Swedish citizen living abroad, you either have to provide proof you are exempted from paying the application fee, or pay the application fee.

Read more at universityadmissions.se.

Selection and Admission

All complete applications are assessed by a jury consisting of teachers from the department and a student representative.

A number of applicants are selected for interviews. The interviews are held at Valand Academy or conducted online. Invitation to interviews will be sent to the email address that is registered on universityadmisssions.se.

Your academic qualifications are assessed separately from the portfolio. If you do not meet the entry requirement, your application is unqualified. If you are not formally qualified the jury have the possibility of making exemptions from the requirements, if they have ranked your portfolio high and consider your background to be equal that of the required Bachelor’s degree.

Key dates

Key dates for this admission round are also available on universityadmissions.se

16 October 2019: Application opens on universityadmissions.se
15 January 2020: Last day to apply on universityadmissions.se
22 January 2020: Last day to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom
3 February 2020: Last day to submit the documents required to prove you are qualified
3 February 2020: Last day to pay the application fee or provide proof you are exempted from paying.
February 2020: Invitations to interviews will be sent out. The Invitation will be sent to the e-mail address registered on universityadmissions.se.
9-13 March 2020: Interviews will be conducted on site at Valand Academy or online
February - March 2020: Your formal academic qualifications are assessed
3 April 2020: Notification of results is published on universityadmissions.se

Fees and Scholarships

In Sweden international applicants from outside EU/EAA need to pay an application and tuition fee. EU/EEA residents are not required to pay fees but need to upload ID documentation like a passport copy or equivalent. The necessary information regarding fees, exemptions and documentation is found here: Application and tuition fees

There are scholarships intended for fee-paying applicants at the University of Gothenburg. You find more information regarding scholarships here: University of Gothenburg Study Scholarships


If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact admission@akademinvaland.gu.se.


If you have questions about application, please contact admission@akademinvaland.gu.se.

Page Manager: Anna Holgén|Last update: 10/15/2019

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