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Welcome with your application to the Master of Fine Arts programme in Photography.

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 here>>

There are scholarships intended for fee-paying applicants at the University of Gothenburg. For information please go to University of Gothenburg webpage >>

Important Dates

  • Friday December 1 2017 - Monday January 15 2018.
    Registration of applications open at Universityadmissions.se
  • Monday January 29 2018.
    Last date to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom.
  • Thursday February 1 2018.
    Last date to pay application fees (only for non-EU/EEA nationals) and to upload related documents at Universityadmissions.se
  • March 13-15 2018.
    Interview period.

Application process

You apply to the MFA in Photography in two steps:

  1. Submit your application:
    You need to make a users account and apply at one of two online portals for university admissions in Sweden:
    antagning.se (in Swedish, if you have a Swedish ”personnummer”) or universityadmissions.se (in English, for international applicants.)
    Choose Autumn 2018 in the search bar then search for the programme code GU-14299.
  2. Submit portfolio:
    To complete the application, we ask you to upload your portfolio in SlideRoom cloud service. Detailed information below.

Portfolio submission

Note that your application must be anonymous. Therefore, do not include your name or Personal ID Number (personnummer) anywhere in your uploaded material.
The application must be submitted in English.

  1. A CV of maximum two pages
  2. A letter of intent

In your letter (1,000-1,250 words) you must describe your artistic practice and how you consider relevant to the programme. Explain your reasons for applying to the Master’s Programme in Photography and what goals you want to set for your own artistic development by undertaking the programme.

You should also describe your artistic practice in relation to the contemporary world as you perceive it as a photographer and artist. Which relevant questions within contemporary artistic photography do you want to raise through your future work? Also explain how you keep yourself informed about contemporary art and photography.

  1. Work Samples

Your portfolio should primarily contain a description of a project that you wish to carry out within the framework of the programme. This description should provide some visual documents that illustrate your idea.

Your portfolio should also contain a documentation of your artistic work in which you provide as clear an account as possible of how your practice has developed. Limit your selection to 5-7 pieces of your own work. Each work can consist of one or more images.

You are free to upload any desired combination of video, sound, stills and text.

If you upload video or audio works, these should be limited to 15 minutes in length. As such, you may need to edit your works. You should also attach information about the title, medium, materials, dimensions and date of production for each of your uploaded works.


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.

Enter SlideRoom to upload your portfolio >>

  • Additional Documents
    International applicants need to upload or send documentation of previous studies and qualifications to universityadmissions.se. The necessary information of how to document eligibility and country specific documentation requirements is here>>
    If you have a Swedish ”personnummer” and previously studied at a Swedish university, most academic credentials are automatically transferred to antagning.se/universityadmissions.se.

What Happens Next?

Your submitted portfolio will be assessed by a jury consisting of teachers/professors connected with the programme and by student representatives. The jury's task is to assess the applicants' ability to take advantage of the education. Through the portfolio and your statement of intent, the jury assess your artistic investigations and your commitment to developing your artistic practice.
The jury will select a number of applicants to be interviewed. After the interview you will receive notification as to whether you have been accepted to the programme or not via antagning.se. You will be similarly notified if you have been selected as a reserve.

If possible, the interviews will be conducted on site in Valand Academy’s offices in Gothenburg, although remote interviews can also be carried out without difficulty via Skype, FaceTime, etc. If you are called to an interview, you will receive more detailed instructions about how the interview will be conducted.

Thank you!

We are well aware of just how arduous a task it is to submit work samples and we take your efforts seriously. We value conducting an in-depth evaluation process in which applications and work samples are reviewed and discussed in detail. It is a stimulating and exciting process and one that affords us an opportunity to better understand how the programme might develop in the future in relation to future applicants.

We would like to thank you in advance for the time you spend submitting your work samples to us and for choosing the Master’s Programme in Photography as the platform on which to develop your future artistry.


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

Page Manager: Anna Holgén|Last update: 12/4/2017

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