Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design
An art school in the Bauhaus tradition, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design focuses on craft skills and the concrete aspects of artistic creation. It is the largest Swedish university of its kind and offers students unparalleled studio spaces to both create and showcase their art.
The Konstfack campus is located at Telefonplan, an urban district just a short metro commute from downtown, and just a few skips from the water’s edge. The school is actually housed in a former Ericsson telephone factory, repurposed as vast studios as well as exhibition spaces.
At the Bachelor’s level, Konstfack offers seven specializations: Graphic Design & Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Furniture Design, Ceramics & Glass, Art, Textiles, and Jewelry. Masters students can choose between five programmes: : CRAFT!, Design, Fine Art, Visual Communication, and Visual Culture and Learning. But that’s not all — design and art professionals can enroll in professional courses of continuing education (taught in Swedish) and you can come to Konstfack to receive a degree in Teacher Education or to enroll in a doctoral programme.
Students are encouraged to think creatively and independently, to experiment with diverse materials to improve their craft and artistic skills, and they have opportunities to exhibit their creations at the school’s own gallery. And creativity often goes hand in hand with activism at Konstfack — utopianism even.
The university has a deep-rooted history in Stockholm, as well as beloved traditions, such as the annual Spring Show and the Christmas Fair, which both attract thousands of visitors to Telefonplan.