Fine Art studies at Royal Institute of Art – Kungl. Konsthögskolan (KKH) encourage critical thinking and practical experimentation with different artistic media and techniques. The learning environment at KKH involves a combination of mixed-year collective discussion and group critiques, individualised work in the studios and workshops, as well as practical and theoretical workshops, elective courses, seminars, public lectures and study trips. Students have the opportunity of exhibiting their work in the gallery of KKH, well situated right beside Moderna museet on the cultural island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm.
The space Rutiga golvet at KKH is a meeting place that gathers discussions, debates and exhibitions and it is a space where theory meets practice. Currently Rutiga golvet is hosted by the programme series E2-E4, curated by Guest Professor Kim West, Lars Bang Larsen and Curator Stefanie Hessler. E2-E4 is the name of the most common opening move in chess, the one that sets the game in motion. E2-E4 is also the name of a programme for theoretical activities, exhibitions, and publications at KKH. “Theory” is here conceived not as academic superstructure or epistemic authority, but as orientation, as that first grasp of our own situation, and of its location in a wider system, network, or totality, which may allow us to begin, to go from the confusion of undefined possibility, to the provisional determination of practice. The programme explores the use values of the exhibition as a critical information system, in the service of education, aesthetic experience, and public dissemination.
At KKH there’s an active programme of invited guest professors, lectures and workshops. One example of this is the start of a series of workshops with the students and a Lecture by Professor by Guest Professor Susan Philipsz during the spring. Philipsz is trained as Sculpturer but has chosen sound as her primary medium and has received great international attention. Philipsz was born in Glasgow, in 1965 and lives and works in Berlin. Her extensive repertoire includes among others exhibiting at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Tate Modern, Hamburger Bahnhof and MoMA New York. In 2010 she was awarded with the prestigious Turner Prize.
The workshops at KKH are excellent and are led by highly skilled faculty, often artists themselves, in a range of fields, including painting, sculpture, interactive systems, photography, digital media and video. All Students are provided with a studio space for the full duration of their respective programme. Read more about our workshops here
Call for applications for our programmes in Fine Art before March 1
Five-year programme in Fine Arts (300 ECTS credits)
The course of study is flexible and, to a great extent, designed by the Students themselves in dialogue with their Supervising Professor. Each Student has a Supervising Professor who provides individualized as well as group instruction and guidance. The Professor-led group involves presentations of one’s own and others work, collective discussions, as well as other artistically based activities. Note that the teaching language is both Swedish and English.
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Master programme in Fine Arts (120 ECTS credits)
The MFA programme at KKH focuses on the development of an independent and reflexive artistic work capable of critically engaging in the production of art within an international context. Artists on the programme gain decisiveness in their practice based on the broadest conditions available for experimentation, knowledge production and artistic research.
The course of study in the MFA programme is flexible and, to a great extent, designed by the Students themselves in dialogue with their Supervising Professor. Studies are arranged according to the individualized needs of the Student’s own artistic practice. Each Student has a Supervising Professor who provides individual as well as group instruction and guidance. The Professor-led group involves presentations of one’s own and others work, collective discussions, as well as other artistically based activities.
The MFA programme has an international orientation. Students are in continuous interaction with International Faculty, Guest Teachers and Lecturers throughout the course of their studies. International collaboration is highly valued at KKH and we encourage our Students to participate in exchange programmes abroad with our Partner Institutions.
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Exchange and international residence
Students from schools that KKH has an exchange agreement with can apply for an exchange period ranging from 3 months to 1 year. Students coming from schools that don’t have an exchange agreement with KKH, or students who have recently graduated from a comparable institution, can apply to KKH as a visiting student.
Exchange and Visiting Students are provided with a studio space, a Supervising Professor and will be assigned to a Professor Group with a mixed group of Students. They will have access to the College’s Workshops and the Elective Course Components within fine arts. Knowledge of Swedish is not necessary, but proper command of English is required to take full advantage of the studies.