Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden


The Royal Institute of Art offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses in Fine Arts as well as postgraduate courses in Architecture and Urban Studies.

Five-Year Programme
in Fine Arts

Joanna Nordin. MA final exhibition May-June 2015. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.

The Five-Year programme fosters independent artistic work equipped to reflect on and expand the boundaries of contemporary art production. Students in …

Master Programme
in Fine Arts

Hedda Viå, Working Inspired Tutorial, Master Exhibition at Galleri Mejan, the Academic Year 2014/15. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.
Hedda Viå. Master Exhibition at Galleri Mejan, the Academic Year 2014/15. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.

The MFA programme at the Royal Institute of Art focuses on the development of an independent and reflexive artistic work …

Modernist Legacies
and Constructions
of Whiteness

Donatella Bernardi, Fabrics, Åhlens store, Kungsholmen, Stockholm, 26 May 2013

Art and curatorial practices, human sciences, theory and activism, are brought into a single pedagogical structure to engage critically with modernism and whiteness. Segregation, race, capital, eating disorder, nervousness, experience of migration and adoption: what to do within the art field, this symbolic and yet highly powerful sphere of representation?

Project Studies
for Professional Artists

Project studies in Fine Arts are part of the RIA’s selection of postgraduate courses. The course is geared towards professional artists, …

Studies in Fine Arts for
Visiting and Exchange Students

Students from schools that the RIA has an exchange agreement with can apply for an exchange period ranging from 3 months …

Elective Courses

These are the elective courses for students admitted to the Royal Institute of Art The Course Catalogue Autumn 2016

Architectural Theory and History

Talk Show ‘Display on Display’ held as part of the ‘Wild Side Workshop’, 15 April 2015. Talkshow guests: Thordis Arrhenius, Donatella Bernardi, Maria Lind, Sven Olov Wallenstein, Axel Wieder. Moderators: Celine Condorelli and Peter Lang. Stage design: Celine Condorelli, ‘Frederick Kiesler: Visions at Work’, Tenstakonsthall.

‘Research-Lab’ is primarily designed for practitioners within the fields of architecture, design and the arts and who are interested in pursuing theory and practice based individual projects with a critical focus on urban and material culture. There are two components to the course: the first comprises regular lectures, group sessions and individual consultations with the professor designed to help advance each students’ individual research project. The second comprises a series of collective workshops designed to test concepts developed for institutional settings and public environments: this year the R-Lab institutional partner is Färgfabriken.

Architectural Conservation

‘Architectural Conservation’ is a year-long post-master course that explores how existing architecture in historic environments can be developed and used as a resource, a possibility, and a tool for change. Various methods of inventory are utilized to analyse the context and as basis for the generation of sustainable proposals, which can result in something new, added, or something old that is restored. The course gives qualified, cutting-edge competence to professionals in the field of architectural restoration. A comprehensive view of the complex issues concerning architectural restoration is discussed in historical, contemporary and future contexts, with focus on both national and international issues.

Critical Habitats

credit: Franco Pagetti/VII

‘Critical Habitats’ is a year-long post-master course that forges emancipatory thought in architecture by exploring the conditions for socially and critically aware modes of living. By working through historical polemics in urbanism, the course aims to illuminate current forms of collective agency and activism around critical habitats, and explore the possibilities they open for contemporary urban life.

Philosophy in
the Context of Art

Neuron from a human retina cell, drawing by early neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal

    ‘Philosophy in the Context of Art’ is a postgraduate course exploring the artistic significance of philosophical ideas. The …

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