Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Five-Year Programme
in Fine Arts

( 300 ECTS Credits )

The application for 2019 will open in mid-January. The application closes March 5, 2019, at. 13.00.

The Five-Year programme fosters independent artistic work equipped to reflect on and expand the boundaries of contemporary art production. Students in the Five-Year programme build and strengthen their creative, interpretative and analytical skills, through the development of an autonomous and critically self-aware artistic practice.


Level: Combined-Degree (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
Requirements: General entry requirement to Swedish higher education, exemptions can be made.
Application Deadline: 5 March 13:00pm, 2019 (Application starts January 17 2019).
ECTS Credits: 300
Programme Length: 5 academic years
Teaching Language: Swedish and English

The course of study is flexible and, to a great extent, designed by the students themselves in dialogue with their supervising professor. Each student has a supervising professor who provides individualised 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.

Exhibition making is an integral part of the education; all students participate in group exhibitions (year three and year five) and a solo show in the gallery of the Royal Institute of Art (year five).

Students may take advantage of an exit point at the end of year three (full-time) and graduate with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts. Students graduate from the Five-Year programme with a Master degree in Fine Arts. It is also possible for students with a BA in fine arts, or the equivalent knowledge, to apply directly to the MFA Programme.

International collaboration is highly valued in RIA; we encourage our students to participate in exchange programs abroad with our partner institutions.

Entry requirement and selection

Entry requirement: To be admitted onto the programme you need to meet the general entry requirement. This is acquired for example with a complete graduation from a Swedish upper secondary school. For more information on this, visit

Dispensation from the general entry requirement: KKH has the possibility to invoke dispensation if an applicant demonstrates qualifications that are sufficient for the education, without meeting the general entry requirement.

Selection: 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.

Usually the applicants that are admitted to the school have basic artistic education. This is however not mandatory.

Finance and Fees

Admission and tuition fees apply for students from countries outside the EU/EEA. The tuition fee at the Royal Institute of Art is 313 000 SEK per academic year and the admission fee is 900 SEK. The deadline for the admission fee is the same as the application deadline. 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. Info about fees 2017-18