Summer courses

Each year we offer one or more summer courses in different artistic fields 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.

2021 the following courses are offered

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

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

Responsible teacher: Erla S.Haraldsdottir
Language of instruction: Swedish (English upon requst)

Introduction to critical writing for artists
Responsible teacher: 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


Welcome back as the application for next year's summer courses opens!