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Apply for the programme

  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

Portfolio instructions for programme starting 2020

The portfolio for MFA Programme in Applied Arts and Design should include:

  1. CV (max 2000 characters)
  2. Letter of intent: A written statement describing your intensions in your work, your choice of the programme and an outline of your aims and goals of an individual project within the programme, including a timeline (max 5000 characters)
  3. Documentation of your work: through photographs / video, along with drawings and sketches. 15-20 images / video 5 min max)


Your portfolio is assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic / design competence – capacity to give form and meaning to ideas and expressions using an investigative and reflective approach
  • Application of artistic /design methodologies and approaches relative to the subject area
  • Independence - experience running your own processes and independence in artistic expression
  • Material /technical knowledge /skills in the subject area
  • Development potential


Submit your portfolio

Your portfolio is submitted digitally in our portfolio service/system 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.

Since we review the portfolios anonymously we ask you not to include your name, personal identity number or other personal details in the different parts of the portfolio. Your account details will not be visible to the reviewers.

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

  • Application

    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 the Programme Director and representatives from the department. Applicants whose portfolio is considered to be approved are called for an interview. After the interviews the applicants are ranked. Applicants whose portfolio is considered to be unapproved will become unqualified.

    Invitation to interviews will be sent to the email address you have 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 has 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. This is done on the initiative of the jury and you cannot ask for this assessment to be made.


We have put together some frequently asked questions and answers concerning international applicants. If you cannot find an answer to your question under FAQ please send an e-mail to: hdkadmission@hdk.gu.se

Frequently asked questions

Page Manager: HDK Admission|Last update: 10/20/2019

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