Application to our summer courses is now closed!

Each year we offer one or two summer courses in some artistic field within Fine Arts. It can be in Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Performance, Video or something else.

Teaching can be in Swedish or English depending on who will hold the course. Classes are held in June and in August and between those two teaching periods you work individually with your own artistic work. Usually the courses end with a group exhibition where you get the chance to exhitbit what you have been engaged in during the course.

This year we offer the following four courses

Introduction to aesthetics for artists
Repsonsible for the course: Per Nilsson and Katrin Holmqvist-Sten
Language of instruction: Swedish (English upon requst)

Photography and moving image as a critical practice
Responsible for the course: Edith Marie Pasquier
Language of instruction: English

Responsible for the course: Erla S.Haraldsdottir
Language of instruction: Swedish (English upon requst)

Introduction to critical writing for artists
Responsible for the course: Imri Sandström
Language of instruction: English

All courses start on 7 June and end on 20 Augusti except for our 7,5 credit course (Introduction to critical writing for artists) which ends on 13 August. 


Please note that due to Covid-19 it has been decided that this year's summer courses will entirely be web-based . All teaching is adapted so that it will take place online instead of on-site and there will be no on campus meetings in Umeå.



1. Apply to the course via

The required knowledge for all four courses is that you meet meet the general entry requirements for bachelor's level studies and you need to have approved work samples. Selection among qualified applicants is based upon submitted work samples.

Below you find the direct links to each course

Introduction to aesthetics for artists

Photography and moving images as a critical practice


Introduction to critical writing for artists

2. Upload 3-5 work samples in our application portal

Approved file formats are AVI, MOV, MPG4 for movies, JPEG for pictures and WAV, AAC, AC3 and AIFF for audio. Keep in mind that large files can take time to upload. Video works may not exceed 2 GB in size and images cannot be any larger than 5 MB. You can upload max 5 filer per work sample. Besides format and size we have no other demands meaning it's up to you to select the type of work you want to show that best represents your artistic practice and experience.



19 February 13:00: Application opens

15 March: Last application date

30 March: Last day to pay application fee or prove excemption from fees and
last day for submitting supporting documents

23 April: Notification of selection results is sent out.
You who are admitted will with your result obtain information where to find our welcome letter. In there you will find out when the course starts, how registration is handled and other practical information for you who are new at Umeå University.


For questions contact us at