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We welcome your application to the Master of Fine Arts in Photography. We will accept about 12 students to the programme fall 2019. Please read the instructions carefully before you start.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday October 18 2018 - Tuesday January 15 2019.
    Registration of applications open at Universityadmissions.se
  • Tuesday January 22 2019.
    Last date to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom.
  • Friday February 1 2019.
    Last date to pay application fees (only for non-EU/EEA nationals) and to upload related documents at Universityadmissions.se
  • March 4 - 8 2019.
    Interview period.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance requirements: Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography or Fine Arts, or other relevant degree of at least 180 credits (ECTS), or relevant working experience. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School. We don’t require an English test (as IELTS or TOEFL) but you show your knowledge through your work samples and interview.

Selection: An admission jury will assess your artistic abilities on the basis of your submitted portfolio. The jury will select a number of applicants to be called for an interview.

Application process

Your application to the MFA in Photography is 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 2019 in the search bar then search for the programme code GU-15199.
  2. Submit portfolio:
    To complete the application, we ask you to upload your portfolio in SlideRoom cloud service. Detailed information below.

Portfolio submission

Your application must be anonymous. Therefore, do not include your name or Personal ID Number (personnummer) anywhere in your uploaded material.

Your portfolio should include the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae of maximum two pages. The CV should include information on your previous education, exhibitions, projects, publications, grants and other experience you have acquired within the field of visual arts.
  2. Artist Statement of maximum one page. Please reflect upon your artistic practice, process and objectives. Relate this to the contemporary world as you perceive it as a visual artist/photographer.
  3. Letter of intent of maximum 2 pages. Explain your reasons for applying to the MFA in Photography and your goals for your own artistic development within the education. Also, describe a project you wish to realize within the framework of the programme. This description should include visuals to illustrate your idea.
  4. Work Samples limited to 5-7 examples of your work. Each work can consist of one or more images. Please also provide a clear account of how your practice has developed. You are free to upload any desired combination of video, sound, stills and text but please limit the duration of a clip to 15 minutes. Don´t forget to indicate title, medium, dimensions and date of production for each uploaded work.

Please note that all texts must be in English!


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.


Your submitted portfolio will be assessed by a jury consisting of teachers on the programme and by student representatives. Through the portfolio the jury will assess your artistic investigations and your commitment to developing your artistic practice. The jury's task is also to assess the potential ability of the applicant to make the most out of the education.
The jury will select a number of applicants to be interviewed. There is a choice to be interviewed on site in Gothenburg or through Skype. 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 you are called to an interview, you will receive more detailed instructions about how the interview will be conducted.
Justification for the jury's decision is not given and the decision can not be appealed.

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 >>

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 Valand Academy as the platform for developing your future artistry.


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

Page Manager: Anna Holgén|Last update: 10/22/2018

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