Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Project Studies for Professional Artists

( 60 ECTS Credits )

Work by Victoria Verseau.


Project studies in Fine Arts are part of the RIA’s selection of  courses on the advanced level. The course is geared towards professional artists, who will be provided with the opportunity to devote an academic year to an individually designed artistic project.

The present course period is one full year, January 15 2018 – January 13 2019 (60 ECTS). No application to the autumn semester of 2018.


Level: Postgraduate
Requirements: Open to professional artists with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts or equivalent.
Application Deadline: November 1 2018
ECTS Credits: 60
Programme Length: 1 year
Teaching Language: Swedish/ English depending on the participant

The project year provides an opportunity for professional artists to carry out an independent artistic project in a self-chosen area. In addition to working with their own project, the aim of the course is to develop the skills necessary to address advanced artistic problems in a creative way. The course participants will be challenged explore their artistic processes and formulate new sets of questions through their practice.

One can apply for project studies in one of the following areas of study:


The study area Video, which includes Sound, is open for artists with previous experience who wish to deepen their knowledge as well as to artists who wish to learn the basics. The activities span from experimental video and video installation to performance among others. The course includes theoretical as well as technical segments.


In the study area Glass it is possible to work with various cold glass techniques. The applicant can at the start of the semester choose to participate in a basic course in flat-glass techniques and oven-casting. It is also possible to apply with a self-defined project in glass. No previous knowledge in glass is required.


In the study area Sculpture applications with innovative projects are prioritised. Previous knowledge is required. The workshop offers numerous opportunities for preparing and experimenting with three-dimensional objects. It is possible to work with materials such as Jesmonite, silicone, polymeric materials, plaster, wax, alginate, etc.


3D-lab gives possibilities to develop artistic projects related to interdisciplinary practices within this platform. Advanced equipment and professional software give opportunities for experimenting in various techniques such as 3D modeling, 3D animation, 3D printing and 3D scanning. Professional artist with documented experience within this area are welcome to apply with a project.

About the studies

Project course students work alongside students from different programmes and courses, which fosters an environment of exchange of experience, knowledge and critique. The workshop teachers are available with their technical and artistic expertise.

The practical work with your own project is in focus. There are supervising and seminars offered and you can also participate in regular lectures in art history and open lectures which are given throughout the year.

At the end of the course, you will be able to present your work in the exhibition form.
Project students have access to a workshop place, but not a studio. During the summer break the workshops are closed.

How to apply

You apply via the link above. After having created an account you receive an e-mail with log in credentials and a link to use when continuing with your application.

The application consists of several tabs. When all information under each tab is completed the tab changes color to green. Your application is not ready until all tabs have become green.

You save/send your application by clicking on Send. Every time that you press Send you save/send a new version of your application, which is then replacing the old one.

Work samples

The application should include documentation of 6-8 work samples (for example photographs, objects, sculptures, videos etc. – regarding longer films/video works, a short synopsis/trailer should also be handed in).

For each separate work sample documentation can include a maximum of 5 pictures, for example overview pictures, close-ups, sketches and possibly a written description. Information about the measurements, material, running time and production year should be included.  Accepted file formats for films are MOV, MP4 (MPEG4) or AVI, max 45MB/min, but at the most 2GB/film, JPG for pictures and MP3 for sound (2 channel stereo is used during the admission but 7.1 channel sound is possible).

A link to a home-page is not accepted.

Finance, Fees and Accommodation

Admission and tuition fees apply for students from countries outside the EU/EEA.  The tuition fee at the RIA is 313 000 SEK per academic year, and the admission fee is 900 SEK. Read more about fees here!

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. The maintenance requirement is at least SEK 8 064 per month. Read more here!

We can offer one scholarship covering the tuition fee, to an admitted project student 2018. Mark the box in the application if you are liable to pay tuition fee and are interested in this scholarship.

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