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Information for foreign students

Foreign students should be aware of the fact that all teaching is in Swedish, but some individual instruction in English is possible. Therefore, a good knowledge in English is a requirement. During the year there are about ten lectures in the history of arts and crafts. The lectures will be held in Swedish.


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. If you have not completed your high school education, please send us a certificate to confirm your eligibility with your application. Once you have completed and submitted the application on the home page you will receive an email with login information to your page digital work samples. There you confirm your eligibility by uploading your certificates.

The information below is about how to apply to our programs for the academic year 2024/25. The application round has passed, but the information remains for you who want to know about our application process. At the end of January 2025 we will publish new information about applying for the academic year 2025/26.

Applications March 14 – May 20 2024

You can apply directly on the website from March 14 to May 20 at 23.59.

It is perfectly possible to apply for several programs at the same time and show the same basic set of mandatory paintings and drawings (including drawing assignment) + extra mandatory work samples for each program.

Application fee

The application fee of SEK 300 should be payed for each program you apply for at the latest on May 20, 2024.

Add SEK 50 per payment to cover the foreign bank transfer costs.

IBAN=SE33 1200 0000 0125 5014 3191

If you have a Swedish bank account please pay 300 kronor for each program to bankgiro account 5022-1803 or swish to no. 123-513 78 15 no later than on Monday, May 20.

Required work samples March 14 – May 20 2024

From Thursday, March 14 to Monday, May 20 at 23.59 you will be able to upload your samples of work digitally.

When you have completed and submitted the application on the website, you will receive an e-mail with login details to your page for digital work samples and certificates. Some e-mail apps have strong spam filters and the automatically generated email is could be blocked by these email apps. If you have not received the e-mail with login information within a couple of hours, check your junk mail. Please contact us at if there is no e-mail there.

The compulsory work samples for all applicants are:

– At least 3 paintings
– At least 5 drawings, one of these is a mandatory drawing task on the theme ”draw your bathroom”, see instructions below.

For us to be able to assess your motivation, potential, ambition and skills we need to see different sides of what you do. If you show work samples containing only the expression you like best, or the interest you spend most time on, it may be difficult for us to assess your application. Keep in mind that a certain width in your application helps us to get an idea of ​​your sense of color and form, vision, and ability to communicate your ideas. One of the reasons that we are helped seeing the applicant’s work with mandatory assignments is that we get a glimpse of how the applicant see things, think and work within a given framework.

You choose which material you want to draw in – pencil, ink, charcoal or chalk. Painting materials could be for example oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pastel chalk or spray paint. Indicate in the image description if you have used digital tools when you upload a work sample and if so which.

It is important that you provide the correct number of work samples and that the mandatory task is included. Otherwise, your application is incomplete and will not be processed. You may display up to 18 different images including the compulsory and voluntary work samples. Allowed file types are jpg and png. Each image must not exceed 5 MB (when it is unopened).

Mandatory drawing task – draw your bathroom

Open your bathroom door and draw what you see. Draw with a pencil on a slightly larger sheet of paper, preferably A3 format. The purpose of the task is to show how you draw a part of reality by using your vision. You must not draw a fantasy picture, do not draw from a photo and do not draw on a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Additional mandatory assignments to all one-year programs

When you apply to our one-year programs (40 weeks) – General Art, Crafts and Design / Design and Architecture / Graphic Design and Illustration / Textile Design and Craft / Ceramics Design and Craft / Metaldesign and Craft / Woodwork and Design – we need to see additional mandatory assignments.

The program Art and Craft Pedagogy do not have additional mandatory assignments besides the mandatory drawing task. However, applicants for this program are called to an interview.

General Art, Crafts and Design

Build an animal from cardboard, paper, tape or glue. The size should be at least 20 x 20 x 20 cm. Do not paint your animal, but work instead with colored papers. Photograph your animal from three different angles. You can merge the photos into a JPG or PNG file if you want.

Graphic Design and Illustration

Create a logo and graphic profile for a fictional theater. Come up with a theater concept and a name for the theater. Complete these sentences:

This theater is special and different from other theaters by……………

The unique thing about the plays is………………..

The graphic profile includes:

  • create a logo
  • use a color palette of a maximum of 4 colors
  • select font

Show the graphic profile (logo, color) applied to things that you consider important for the company’s communication (for example on the sign outside the theater, bags, clothing, mugs, trays…) Come up with it yourself! Show this on a maximum of 2 JPG files in A3 format.

Show your thinking and sketching process further on JPG file in A3 format. How did you come up with the logo, fonts and colors?

Design and Architecture

You have been tasked by the municipality to create an artistic and unexpected street by reshaping the lampposts / street lamps based on the associations the street name gives you. The form rather than the function is the focus, but you need to think about the height of the street lighting in relation to e.g. trucks. Your lamp posts / street lamps should put the street on the map and attract people from all over the world. Light up, and inform about a place!

First, choose one of the following street names:

Valåsgatan – Gamla Lunden/ Överås, Gothenburg

Ålgrytevägen – Bredäng, Stockholm

Suohpanluodda – Sami for Lassogatan, an undeveloped street near the center of Kiruna.

Blindgatan – Falun

Tre Gretors Väg – Färlöv, Kristianstad

Fallvindsgatan – Skarpnäck, Stockholm

Tellusvägen – Älta, Stockholm

Then create a model of a lamp post / street lamp that can stand, and is at least 40 cm high, in any material (e.g. cardboard, barbecue sticks, popsicle sticks, matches, wire, papier mache, clay, glue).

Draw a vision picture of the street where your street lamp has been multiplied into street lighting on an A3 paper.


  • 3 photos of the model
  • 1 photo of the cartoon vision image
  • Use the street name as the title
  • Please describe how you thought

You can merge the photos into a JPG or PNG file if you want.

Textile Design and Craft

Think of a person. It can be yourself, someone you know or a famous person. If this person were a tree, what would it look like? Is it sprawling, stable, bushy… how do you perceive the person?

We would like to see playful, experimental representations of the person, as a three-dimensional form. Sculpt, build and create with the materials you think fit best. Suggestions are cardboard, tape, textile, glue, yarn and more.

Photograph your three-dimensional self-portrait from at least 2 different angles. You can merge the photos into a JPG or PNG file if you want.

Ceramics Design and Craft

A craft transports objects, people and animals via land, water, air or space. Think of a person. It can be yourself, someone you know or a famous person. If this person were a craft, what would it look like? The task is to make a three-dimensional form in which you describe the person as a craft. Use recycled material, for example paper, cardboard material, plastic, metal as well as tape and glue. Do not color the work, but the materials can have different colors and shades. You may use a black pen for markings.

Dimensions: at least 30 cm. Take photos of the craft from two different angles (you can merge the photos into a JPG or PNG file if you want).

Give this work a name.

Metaldesign and Craft

Choose a detail of a real plant, make a three-dimensional, wearable object inspired by your chosen detail. Work in cardboard, paper and tape. The object must be at least 20×20 cm. Do not color your object, but you can use materials in different colors and shades.

Photograph your object that is worn on the body from two different angles. Also send a photo of your chosen detail. You can merge the photos into a JPG or PNG file if you want.

Woodwork and Design

Transformation: from small to large

Choose a small object that you use in your everyday life. Examine the object and think about how it could be transformed into a larger form. It is a shape that can be worn on the body. What changes can you make? Use only cardboard and packing tape when building the larger form.

Do this:

  • Choose an object that is 5 cm or less in size.
  • Sketch how you can scale it up to a larger shape.
  • Sketch how to build it as a portable object on the body.
  • Sketch your thoughts and ideas on paper.
  • Create the object with cardboard and packing tape, 60 cm or larger in size.
  • Photograph your item with 2 images. A picture where it is worn on the body and a close-up (detail picture).


  • 1 photo of the small item you selected
  • 1 photo of the object on the body
  • 1 close-up of the object
  • 1 or 2 sketch photos

You can merge the photos into a jpg or png file if you want.

Interviews of applicants for the program Art and Craft Pedagogy June 5 – 12, 2024

Based on your eligibility and written account on why you wish to study at the program Art and Craft Pedagogy, your work samples and other qualifications, a number of applicants are selected for an interview at Nyckelviksskolan between June 5-12, 2024.

Voluntary work samples

You may display up to 18 different images including the compulsory work samples. Each image must not exceed 5 MB (when it is unopened).

Work beyond the obligatory may be made of any material. Maybe you want to view more drawings and paintings and digital works or short films. Three-dimensional works – such as jewelry, pottery, furniture, clothing or sculpture – should be displayed as photos. When uploading a work sample, please include the measurements, materials and technique of the original, if you have used digital tools, in the image description.


Information about admissions to the programs will be distributed by e-mail in the middle of June 2024.