MFA Programme in Crafts, Jewellery Art

MAD  /  Technics   ProfessionalPractice   CriticalThinking   Master  /  31 Aug 2020  -  30 Jun 2022
Published: 09.12.2019
HDK. Academy of Design and Crafts
Klara Brynge
DEADLINE: 15/01/2020

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The master’s programme in Crafts at HDK invites students to explore the purpose of crafts in society today. Artistic exploration through materials and concepts is the basis of the programme. Course work encourages the development of skill-based knowledge, fosters debate about the meaning of material inquiries and investigates the conceptual identity of the crafts.

Master’s specialities in Ceramic Art, Jewellery Art and Textile Art work in close cooperation with the bachelor’s and postgraduate (PhD) in Crafts and are part of the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg.

The main focus of your education will be your chosen specialisation of artistic practice. As a student, you will have the opportunity to broaden your frame of references, develop exploratory artistic working methods and deepen your technical and theoretical knowledge. Projects will be developed in HDK’s well-equipped workshops with the support of qualified technicians.

HDK’s study groups are small and you will work in close cooperation with fellow students and staff. Tutoring, courses, lectures and seminars support your education and emphasise reflection and contextualisation of your practice. HDK students have individually allocated workplaces and access to the school twenty-four hours a day.

About the programme

Students on the master’s programme deepen their artistic knowledge in the field of craft within their chosen specialisation of Ceramic Art, Jewellery Art or Textile Art.

Professors, lecturers and technicians with specialist skills supervise your practice. Invited guest lecturers provide further external perspectives and emphasise both the local and global art world and society.

The programme is delivered in English. Teaching in Swedish will occur if Swedish speaking teachers and students only are present.


During your education, you will develop your ability to initiate and resolve artistic projects creating vital confidence with your own working methods. This demands independence and the capacity for initiative.

Individual studio work is supported by joint and individual tutoring, oral and written presentations, theoretical discussions and seminars, which give you the tools to analyse and refine your work.

Field of work / postgraduate studies
Successful completion of the programme anticipates that you will be ready for a professional career as a ceramic, jewellery or textile artist. The programme also introduces preparatory knowledge for postgraduate (PhD) studies in the field.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts or equivalent of at least 180 credits. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example, TOEFL, IELTS. In addition, approved work samples are required.

The selection is based on an assessment of submitted work samples. Information and instructions regarding the work samples can be found under each course or programme description at

Apply for the programme
Apply for the programme at
Application period: October 16, 2019 - January 15, 2020

Submit your portfolio through SlideRoom
Period to submit portfolio: October 16, 2019 - January 22, 2020

Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: 
In the programme syllabus you can read more about the content and the outcomes of the programme.

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