Next year's application round opens on January 22. By then this
page will be updated with instructions on how to apply, links to
the application and other relevant information regarding the
Deadline for applying is March 1. As soon as
the application is closed our jury will start the work of going
through all the applications to finally end up with a number of
candidates they wish to call for an interview. This work will take
place in week 10 and possibly week 11. After that the Admissions
Office at Umeå University will check on the entry requirements
(primarily the ones our jury have selected for the interview). As
soon as that work is completed we will call for interviews,
something that may take until after Easter. The interviews will in
that case take place in week 15 and 16. Notification of selection
result will finally be published on universityadmissions.se in week
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.
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 to pay the application fee if you are
required to pay study fees, or to show proof of exemption of fees,
is on March 12. 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
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
New for next year is that the official
language of instruction will be English in our BFA
programme. Previously that has only been applied to our
MFA 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 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 mid-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 the week after Easter 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 in the beginning of May. 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
January 22 - Application opens
March 1 - Last application day
March 12 - Last day for submitting documents/paying application
fee or showing proof of excemption of fees if you are an
May 8 - Selection universityadmissions.se
If you have any questions regarding the application or any
educational related issues send a mail to: email@example.com, or
contact Student Coordinator Jeanette Nilsson.
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Image: Jakob Westberg/MFA 2016, "Sweet Me"
2016. Pralines produced with the artist's body fat, 20x20 cm.
Courtesy of the artist.