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Bachelor's programme in Textile-Body-Space

How do you relate to concepts of body and identity? How can ideas of “the body” work as starting points for an artistic intention? What can it mean to work with textiles in relation to different spatial contexts?

The programme has been devised to explore textile materials and work in a unitary, gestalt-like, manner in relation to body and space. The performing stage is an example of such a space. During the three-year programme you will gain invaluable experiences and develop new perspectives, working with projects that are contextualised and explore contemporary concerns and subject-matters.

Further, costumes and unique pieces are created and discussed in a wider artistic perspective. The programme consists of projects where exploration, composition, and a reflective approach are important ingredients. The projects are set in public as well as private contexts; in fictive as well as real situations. Design, craft, and art within the field of textiles are placed in new spatial settings and investigate questions of body and identity.

HDK Steneby is located in a unique study environment in Dals Långed, 170 kilometres north of Gothenburg. Here, our well-equipped facilities provide an opportunity for you to enhance your knowledge of textile techniques, such as pattern making, sewing, knitting, weaving, textile printing, embroidery, pleating, and colouring.


During the three-year programme, you develop your own relationship to the field of textiles and expand your ability to work with materials, methods, and artistic expression. Most of the work is in form of projects where technical, material, and functional aspects are linked to issues of space and composition.

Through visiting lecturers, seminars, workshops, and field trips you gain different perspectives and inspiration for your work. An important aspect is learning to contextualise the work that is made; through theory, the contemporary, history and the surrounding world.

Courses in Visual Communication, Composition, Theory and History are offered together with students in the other fine arts BA programmes at HDK Steneby.

The teaching language is Swedish. Lectures and tutorials can be given in English. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


The first year is devoted largely to independent work. In various projects you explore textile materials and techniques both in regard to the making and the artistic expression. Simultaneously, you are encouraged to reflect upon questions and complexities relating to art, craft, and design practices. An investigative approach is encouraged as well as the ability to communicate choice of method; verbally as well as in writing.

During the second year, you will work with longer projects that aim to enhance your craft skills and to develop your individual artistic approach in relation to various contemporary contexts. As you gain more knowledge, develop your practical and critical skills with us, we expect a higher level of analysis and that you to complete your projects within the given timeframes.

In the third year you will delve deeper into your craft and artistic expression as you essentially plan your studies yourself. You will independently choose the focus of your projects in consultation with

your instructor/supervisor. Your own interpretations, ethics, and values are aspects to be addressed in the projects. Emphasis is placed on contextual analysis, communication, and interaction with the world around us. There will also be opportunities for work or study exchange during the year. The spring semester ends with a degree project in which you will demonstrate your ability to independently pursue an in-depth artistic project within a specified time frame.


The programme gives you qualifications to work broadly within the field of textile art, craft, and design. You can, for instance, work with costumes for theatre and performance; fine art in the textile realm; with your own artistic practice; or as an employee. The programme also prepares you for further studies at MA level.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts and Crafts with specialisation in Textile – Body – Space 180 credits

The programme was previously named: Textile – Garment – Design.

Page Manager: Carina Krantz|Last update: 12/11/2018

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