Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Master Programme
in Fine Arts

( 120 ECTS Credits )

The MFA programme at the Royal Institute of Art focuses on the development of an independent and reflexive artistic work capable of critically engaging in the production of art within an international context. Artists on the programme gain decisiveness in their practice based on the broadest conditions available for experimentation, knowledge production and artistic research.


Level: Postgraduate
Requirements: BFA or equivalent knowledge
Application Deadline: 1 Mars 13:00pm, 2017
ECTS Credits: 120
Programme Length: 2 academic years
Teaching Language: All compulsory components are in English, some optional courses and lectures are offered in Swedish

Note that you can only apply through RIAs application link! You can find the application link here or in the PDF further down on this page. Please read the PDF for more information

The course of study in the MFA programme is flexible and, to a great extent, designed by the students themselves in dialogue with their supervising professor. Studies are arranged according to the individualised needs of the student’s own artistic practice. Each student has a supervising professor who provides individual as well as group instruction and guidance. The professor-led group involves presentations of one’s own and others work, collective discussions, as well as other artistically based activities. Students may also take part in practise-based artistic research projects run by the School.

Exhibition making is an integral part of the education and all students participate in a group exhibition at the end of the second year. Students also have a solo show in Galleri Mejan of in which they present their Degree project, which includes the writing of a Masters Essay. The gallery is also available for student-initiated projects during the summer.

The MFA programme has an international orientation. Students are in continuous interaction with international faculty, guest teachers and lecturers throughout the course of their studies. International collaboration is highly valued in RIA and we encourage our students to participate in exchange programs abroad with our partner institutions.

Finance, Fees and Accommodation

Admission and tuition fees apply for students from countries outside the EU/EEA. The tuition fee at the Royal Institute of Art is 300 000 SEK per academic year 2017/2018 and the admission fee is 900 SEK. The deadline for the admission fee is the same as the application deadline. There is a scholarship available to cover the tuition fee. The scholarship is awarded to one student and the application is made through the digital application for the programme. International students who have been accepted to a study programme in Sweden must show financial means of support during study time to the immigration authorities in order to obtain a study visa. Read more about fees.

If you need assistance with accommodation we recommend these sites, created by international students in Stockholm: Moving2Stockholm and Easy Rental (you can also download the Easy Rental android app).

Entry requirement and selection

To be admitted onto the programme you need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts (180 ECTS credits) or demonstrate equivalent knowledge.
The selection is made by an admission board consisting of supervising professors in fine arts, an external board member, junior/senior lecturers, and students. The admission is based on your work samples, an interview and your Artist Statement.