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Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design

Take a tonne of art, add a dash of activism, and a sprinkle of utopian ideals. Let it age and top it off with independence – and you’ve got Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.

The arts university is without parallel in Sweden, let alone Stockholm. Its canvas dates back to 1844, and has changed and grown over the years as only art can, switching names and locations multiple times. It was founded as the Sunday Drawing School for Artisans – but today represents something much bolder.

The largest Swedish university of its kind, Konstfack hosts nearly 1,000 students and professionals from all around the world each year. The teachers themselves are recruited internationally, giving the university its distinctive global character.

Konstfack is a centre not just for paints and brushes, but for all sorts of creative thinking – and creating. Students learn to problem-solve, but they also learn to play. It’s a factory for the future, where each colourful soul makes its mark loud and proud.

You’ll find the campus at Telefonplan, an urban district just a short metro commute from downtown, and just a few skips from the water’s edge.

Courses and student life alike change faster than a chameleon, with surprise-themed Friday lectures and mysteriously moving tennis tables. A weekend workshop may focus on anything from glass-blowing to woodwork.

The university has a deep-rooted history and lengthy traditions, such as the annual Spring Show and the Christmas Fair which both attract thousands of visitors. But one thing Konstfack is not? Predictable.