MFA On Campus

Applied Arts and Design, Metal Art

24 months
27384 EUR/year
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The Applied Arts and Design, Metal Art programme of the University of Gothenburg focuses on materials and doing in an open, international and contemporary environment. Starting points are the concepts of material, body and space. The approach is based on understanding the world through our senses, which is reflected in your work.



We build upon a long tradition of metal art in society by encouraging you to elaborate and develop what a studio practice in metal means today. By developing a personal language with the material though traditional processes—such as blacksmithing and casting—and new fabrication techniques, you will be challenged to consider the relevance of contemporary metal art and your place within it. The Applied Arts and Design, Metal Art programme of the University of Gothenburg offers you the opportunity to develop close long-term relationships with professionals in the field though symposiums, conferences, and visiting artists.

Material-led, hands-on learning in a unique learning environment

In the unique academic environment in Dals Långed, 170 kilometres north of Gothenburg, you will have access to some of Europe’s most well-equipped workshops, together with individual workplaces, computers, and software, empowering you to work wholeheartedly within your field. We have a long history of engagement in global and local society, with education in craft and design existing at our location since around 1930. Our programme is interdisciplinary and incorporates handicrafts, art, crafts, and design. Though you will focus on metal art, you will work in a mutually beneficial learning environment with students of wood-oriented furniture design and textile-body-space, all pursuing various methods of working with diverse materials. 

An entrepreneurial approach

Our programme offers freedom to pursue projects formulated from your own ideas and requires a high degree of personal motivation, with tutoring and supervision to support you. You will learn to relate to materials, body, and space through your material-based creative work, critical perspectives, and societal engagement, training you to move easily between practice and theory. We encourage you to develop your own style and voice and pursue your interests and goals for your future practice. Our highly international group works in close collaboration with the surrounding local community. This network allows mutually beneficial critiquing and an encouraging environment for solving problems. You will formulate your projects along with your professor in relevance to your course work and specialization. 

Specializing in metal art

The 1,200 square metre smithy—the largest academic metal workshop in the world—offers enormous possibilities for multifaceted, three-dimensional work, fabrication, and experimental metal work. Our facilities—including eight coal-fired forges, power hammers, presses, and tools for cutting, welding, small bronze casting, and working with sheet metal—offer everything you need to realize your ideas. Our students are often recognized for pushing the boundaries of the craft in international exhibitions, publications, symposia, and awards. Additionally, we collaborate closely with other important programmes in the field, such as Carbondale, Hereford, Hildesheim, and Tallinn, and have an active exchange of students and teachers.

Programme Structure

  • During the first year, you will familiarize yourself with the workshops and machinery and begin your studio project. You will gain a basic understanding of research and entrepreneurship, expand your subject knowledge, formulate an action plan for your future practice, and build up your portfolio with projects.
  • The second year relates contemporary issues to your own work. You will write a background text and reflect on the context and form of presentation of your degree project. An external mentor will assist you during your degree project, and examinations include external opponents. The spring term ends with a degree exhibition. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts or equivalent of at least 180 credits, and approved work samples
  • The work samples should demonstrate artistic and technical ability, both of which are necessary to fully benefit from the programme
  • 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

Your portfolio for MFA Programme in Applied Arts and Design should be written in English and include:

  • CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Documentation of your work

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27384 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 54768 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Full programme cost: 554,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

Living costs for Göteborg

7552 - 13932 SEK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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