Please note that this year's application round is now closed
and you cannot apply until next year.
Important information to you who have
Selection takes place in week 11. In the beginning of week 12 we
call for interviews and in week 13 (29-31 March) interviews will
take place at the school. Because it is little time between
notification and the interviews it is important that you confirm as
soon as possible (by email). Everybody will be notified but those
who are not selected for an interview will get their result after
the interviews have taken place. For more information see below on
this page under the headline "What happens next?" and "Important
You apply to us in two steps:
Step 1. Send in your application to universityadmissions.se
Step 2. Upload your work samples
Step 1. Apply via universityadmissions.se
Start by creating an account unless you
already have one. Instead of searching for our programme on
universityadmissions.se you can click here to come to the page on umu.se
from where you are able to apply directly to our bachelor's
programme (note that the page is only available in Swedish and the
programme is only applicable via antagning.se). If it is our
master's programme you wish to apply to you find more information
and link to the application here. The online application opens on
January 20 at 13:00.
Here you find more information on how
you apply to universityadmissions.se. Follow the instructions
carefully step-by-step so you don't miss out of anything. Many
applicants forget to submit the right supporting documents. See
here for more information and useful
links. Remember that all copies of original documents must be
certified as true copies of the original. Here you can find out how you should
certify your documents. If you for example upload your documents,
you must scan in your original documents, not copies. Scans of
copies are not accepted.
Application- and study fees
In 2011 application- and study fees were introduced
in Sweden for higher education for non EU/EEA, and
Swiss, citizens. Here you may find out if you are
required to pay any fees or not. If so, please see other pages on
universityadmissions.se for more information, among others the
following two: Paying your application fee and Paying your tuition fees.
Remember that even if you have citizenship in a European Union
(EU), or a European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland and
are exempted from paying fees you must send in proof of your
citizenship in order for your application to be processed. See
here what you need to submit in if
you are an EU citizen. Here you find additional information
from Umeå University regarding tuition, fees and funding and FAQ on
application and tuition fees.
Last day for submitting documents and/or to show
proof of your exemption from fees or paying the applicaion fee if
you are a fee-paying student
Last day for sending in/ uploading supporting
documents is March 10. Required documents
submitted after that date will mean your application will be
regarded as late and end up last in the selection and/or even worse
not be processed at all.
If you are in your final term of bachelor's
If you apply to our master's programme and are in
your final year of bachelor's studies, so you do not yet hold the
required degree, you may of course apply to us anyway as long as
you provide a transcript for all completed terms of studies as well
as a certificate from your home university saying you are in your
final term and intend to graduate once the final credits are
reported. When you have applied for your degree certificate you
need to show it to the Admissions Office (preferably before the
term starts, if later than that your registration on the programme
will be delayed) so make sure you apply for your degree as soon as
possible after you have graduated! Here you find additional
In our master's (MFA) programme the language of
instruction is English. We are in the process of changing the
language of instruction into English also when it comes to our
bachelor's (BFA) programme. A large percentage of the staff as well
as guest teachers that we invite to the school are English speaking
and so it makes sense to offer both programmes in English. The
entry requirement to both our programmes is the equivalent of
English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden,
called English 6/English Course B. See here for different ways of meeting
the English language requirement. If you do not meet the
requirement with upper secondary or university studies you must
demonstrate your English ability through an internationally
recognised test. See here for more information on the
accepted tests and the minimum result required.
The Umeå University offers a few scholarships for
international fee-paying students. These selections are made once
annually, in conjunction with the autumn term intakes. Selections
are based only on merit. To be considered for this scholarship, an
applicant must submit a complete application for admissions before
the application deadline and have Umeå University as first choice
for the applied programme/education. See here for more information and the
online application form. Additional information regarding fees as
well as scholarships you may find here.
Step 2. Upload your work samples
When you have applied via universityadmissions.se it is time to
submit your work samples. You do that online by uploading your
Start by filling out your contacts. The application number asked
for you find on top of your application sent to
universityadmissions.se (seven digits). After a few minutes an
automatic email with logins is sent to you (note that it can take
up to an hour in some cases). Your username is your email address.
Now you can start uploading your work samples.
The work samples can be drawings, sketches, photos, images of
sculptures, films or videos. Accepted file formats are AVI, MOV,
MPG4 for films, JPEG for images and WAV, AAC, AC3 and AIFF for
sound. Note that large files can take some time to upload. Max size
for video files is 2 GB, images should not be larger than 5 MB. You
have until 1 March to change and edit as much as you like before
you send it. Just remember to save it each time you write text and
not click send until you feel that you are completely done with
your application! A description of the samples is not mandatory but
desirable. You apply with up to 10 work samples and you may submit
up to 5 files per sample. You may apply with less than 10, however,
the more you submit the better selection for the jury and the
better chances you have in being selected for an interview, still
of course it is the quality that counts rather than the quantity.
It is neither better nor worse to submit work samples within many
different fields. You have just as good of a chance to be selected
if you submit all the work samples within the same field as in
different fields. Instead we rather see that you to apply with what
best represents you and your artistic experience!
In addition to your work samples a project description in
English is required when you apply to our master programme (MFA).
With this you describe your plans for the first study year. Note
that you do not attach it or send it in separately in any way,
simply type it in the box, max one A4 page!
What happens next?
Shortly after the application is closed we will contact the ones
the jury have selected for an interview. The interviews will take
place in the end of March/ beginning of April. The members of the
jury prefer to do the interview in person but for international
applicants living abroad and/or special reasons it can also be
conducted over skype.
Here you can read more about the jury
work, who is part of it and what they look at.
If you have not heard from us before the beginning of April you
know that you will most likely not be offered a place. Everybody
will be notified but the ones not called for an interview may have
to wait a little longer. The official notification of selection
results will be published some days after the selection May 11
(exact date not yet decided). There will only be one selection
round and so there is no last date for replying to
universityadmissions, however if you have been offered a place we
want you to let us know if you decide to say no so that we as soon
as possible can offer the place to the next person on the waiting
January 20 - Application opens
March 1 - Last application day
March 10 - Last day for submitting documents/paying application
fee or showing proof of excemption of fees if you are an
Week 13-14 - Interviews
May 11 - Selection universityadmissions.se
Week 20 - Official notification of selection result is
If you have any questions regarding the application or any
educational related issues send a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or
contact Student Coordinator Jeanette Nilsson.
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Image, also in frontpage:
Jakob Westberg/MFA 2016, "Sweet Me" 2016. Pralines produced
with the artist's body fat, 20x20 cm. Courtesy of the artist.