The program Woodwork and Design is the starting point for you who aim for a profession as a furniture designer, architect, interior designer, industrial designer, prop maker and artist. Here you get a thorough knowledge of the material wood and crafts, which are central to these professions today. In a balance between tradition and the cutting edge of digital technology, you will find just your own design process. You do not need to have worked in wood before – curiosity about the material and its possibilities to shape your ideas will take you far!
The purpose of this education is for you to develop your artistic skills, your expression of form and knowledge in craft. You will explore the possibilities of wood both in a functional and in an artistic way during the year. This is done by longer assignments based on function, construction and form as well as with playful short exercises. You will learn sketching and drawing techniques as well as furniture design. In addition, you will get an introduction to design methodology. We also aim for the future by learning digital methods for design, for example through 3D modeling, 3D printers and CNC (data-driven manufacturing).
In drawing and painting you practice, among other things, perception and color theory and in the subject of sculpture you find a stable foundation for your three-dimensional ability.
The teaching schedule is built in three week blocks where you work with one and the same subject or material for several weeks in a row. The work is evaluated both individually and in-group. In the program Woodwork and Design, we create an open-minded laboratory for your individual development in a safe workshop. You will have the opportunity to study and work with others who are equally interested in the subjects as you are, sometimes in group projects.
The education at Nyckelviksskolan is full-time with a high work rate and teacher presence, which means you spend a lot of time at the school. Conversation, communication and sharing ideas and work process are important parts of the education, as is learning in groups. This demands a high attendance.
- Why is it cool to work with wood?
- Wood as a material is currently undergoing a renaissance. The reason for a growing interest in this material is not least a result of an increasing focus on the climate impact of the objects and products produced in our society, but also because new processing methods and new wood products make new exciting forms possible. Wood as a material gives a natural tone to an object, it is relatively easy to work with, it is versatile and not least it is a renewable and environmentally friendly material. A lot is happening right now in furniture design and architecture, where wood is central, not just purely decorative, because the material is used in a more extensive way. Wood is such a central material here in the Nordic countries in architecture, interior architecture and not least furniture design. You don’t have to have worked with wood before – curiosity about the material and its possibilities to shape your ideas will take you far!
- What eligibility do I need to have in order to apply for your programs?
- We have no formal eligibility requirements for grades. Our supervisory authority Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education leaves this matter of eligibility requirements very open. We have formulated ourselves fairly openly based on the interpretation of the authority’s directive: In order to apply for course entrance at Nyckelviksskolan, the applicant must have upper secondary school qualifications (high school education), equivalent education or have gained a certain amount of work experience.
- Are your courses eligible for student aid?
- Study funds are granted for the one-year programs at what CSN calls post-upper secondary level. Our educations are categorized as Arts and Culture courses by CSN. The quota for study funds for studies at so-called post-upper secondary level is a total of two years (80 weeks) if you have a three-year upper secondary education or the equivalent previously. The total number of weeks you have to apply for student funding applies to both grants and student loans. This means that even if you do not take out a loan for all the weeks, but only take the grant, the weeks are counted as used. For studies at university level, the maximum period for study support is 240 weeks. This quota applies to those who apply to the two-year Specialist Craft Tutor program. The Specialist Craft Tutor program is also categorized as Arts and Culture course though. For the academic year 2023-24, you who are a student and born in 2004 or later can choose for yourself whether you want to take study aid (right now it is a small grant – SEK 1,250/month) or whether you want to apply for study funds with grants and loans. If you take study aid, you can also apply for extra supplements and / or boarding supplements via CSN.
- Do you have accommodation at the school, boarding school?
- The school does not have boarding, but we receive many offers on available rooms and apartments, especially on Lidingö, and are happy to pass them on to interested students. We send out housing ads and give tips on how our students can most easily find somewhere to live. Nyckelviksskolan’s student union is connected to Stockholm’s students’ central organization (SSCO) and you can get help arranging accommodation through SSCO. All students are connected to Nyckelviksskolan’s student union. This gives them the right to live in student apartments that Stockholm Student Housing (SSSB) has. Read more: www.sssb.se. Everyone who studies in art and culture education has the right to live in Kista Studentbostäder, which is mediated by Stockholms Bostadsförmedling. However, some other student housing managers do not approve our type of education to live there.
- Do you have to pay tuition fees or semester fees for your programs?
- Many Arts and Culture courses are only partially financed with state grants. The student must pay tuition fees (or semester fees). The semester fee for the academic year 2022-23 is SEK 17,500, i.e. SEK 35,000 for the entire academic year. The sum includes, among other things, the material that you work with in the training. The fee is paid semesterly. If you are applying for a full student loan, you can also apply for an additional cost loan for the tuition fee if necessary. Additional cost loans are only granted for the part of the semester fee that does not refer to teaching materials. During 2022-23, you can be granted a maximum of SEK 14,000 per semester.
- Can you start working after these studies?
- Our one-year programs are university preparatory Art and culture programs (Konst- och kulturutbildningar). You are not finished after such an education with us. The educational paths are quite long in this area – art, craft, architecture and design. You get the necessary skills to be able to continue at a design school, art school or architecture school and three or five more years of study. If you have architectural dreams, we have programs where you get the skills to enter an architectural bachelor program via Arkitektprovet (the Architect test). We don’t just want to emphasize that our students go on to design, art and architecture university programs. In recent years, we have noticed that many higher education programs that our students are interested in lie in a borderland between creativity, design and technology. Examples of such are educations for game, web and digital application development as well as design engineering educations. On the other hand, we have a vocational Specialist Craft Tutor program that leads to jobs, even if it is also an Art and Culture course (Konst- och kulturutbildning) and not a higher vocational education (YH). The vocational Specialist Craft Tutor program also does not give a teacher’s license if you want to work as an art or crafts teacher in school.
- How are your programs categorized?
- We are between high school and university. Nyckelviksskolan provides one-year university preparation programs (40 weeks) in art, crafts, architecture and design as well as a two-year vocational Specialist Craft Tutor program (80 weeks). Our programs are formally called Arts and Culture courses (Konst- och kulturutbildningar) and we are under the supervision of the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education. Please note that the vocational Specialist Craft Tutor program is not a higher vocational education (YH), but an Arts and Culture course (Konst- och kulturutbildning).
Subjects and materials
Interpretation and design 5.4 weeks
Techniques and methods 3.7 weeks
Digital tools 2.7 weeks
Sketch and project planning 3.8 weeks
Material studies 3.8 weeks
Final project 3.2 weeks
Drawing and painting I 3.7 weeks
Drawing and painting II 3.7 weeks
Sculpture I 3.7 weeks
Sculpture II 3.7 weeks
Lectures in art and design 0,8 weeks
Digital photo and image processing 1.0 weeks
During the program, you go on a number of field trips to museums, galleries and workshops.