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Information for foreign students

Foreign students should be aware of the fact that all teaching are being held 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 applies to the application to our programs for the academic year 2023-24. Admission is completed. At the end of January 2024, we will publish new information about applying to our programs in the academic year 2024-25.

Applications March 16 – May 22 2023

You can apply directly on the website from March 16 to May 22 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 22, 2023.

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 Monday 23 May.

Required work samples March 16 – May 22 2023

From Thursday, March 16 to Monday, May 22 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. Live and Hotmail have strong spam filters and the automatically generated email is could be blocked by these email programs. However, Gmail generally works. 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 ”open a cabinet or cupboard in your kitchen and draw”, 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.

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 – open a cabinet or cupboard in your kitchen and draw

Open a cabinet or cupboard in your kitchen, draw the contents and a piece of the cabinet or door.

Draw with a pencil on slightly larger sheets of paper, such as A3. The purpose of the task is to show you how to draw a part of reality by using your sight (not a fantasy image, do not draw from a photo and do not draw in the computer or on a tablet).

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 a dish and a plate of any shape. The dish must have three components.

Use paper or thin cardboard, tape or glue.

Do not color the work, but the materials can have different colors and shades.

Draw the dish on the plate.

Take a photo of the dish on the plate and also take a photo of the drawing of it (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 fictitious train travel company. Come up with a new concept and a name. Complete these sentences:

This company organizes trips that differ from others by…

The unique thing about the trains is…

To create a graphic profile is thus to:

– design 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 trains, bag or bag and clothing, mugs, trays). Show this on a maximum of 2 jpg files in A3 format.

View your thought and sketch process on another JPG file in A3 format. How did you come up with the logo, fonts and colors?

Design and Architecture

Between solid and floating – changing rooms at public bathing areas

Create a changing room at a public beach that is shaped like water. You can choose to be inspired by waves, ripples on the water surface, ice floes, eddies or other forms of water. Build a model in cardboard material of your choice that is at least 20 x 20 x 20 cm.

Maintain the features of the dressing room, such as weather protection, room dividers, natural light and the ability to hang and put away clothes. But create an unexpected shape that has a connection to water, and that shows concern for person and situation.

Take pictures of your model inside and out. Report in 2 photos (you can put the same ones in a jpg or png file if you want).

Show how big your dressing room is and where and how it is located by the water through drawing and photography. Start from a real location by the water. Use a photo (your own or from the internet) of the bathing area and paste a drawing of your changing room into that photo. Make 1 picture collage.

Textile Design and Craft

1. Choose a detail or part of your body, for example a foot, a knee crease, an eye… A mirror can be good to look in. Draw the shape. Optional chalk / pencil / color.

2. Take a photo of the sketch.

3. The next step is to make the detail or body part as a three-dimensional shape. Enlarge, reduce or choose natural size – you decide. Sculpt, build and create with the materials you think fit best. Suggestions are cardboard, tape, textile, glue, yarn and more.

4. Take a photo of your three-dimensional detail from two directions.

5. Upload all three images among your work samples (you can merge the photos into a jpg or png file if you want)

Ceramics Design and Craft

What would you look like if you were a building?

The task is to make a three-dimensional form in which you describe yourself as a building. 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 building from two different angles (you can merge the photos into a jpg or png file if you want). Give the work a name.

Metaldesign and Craft

Zoom in and select a detail or part of your body, for example your eye, your knee, your foot…. A mirror can be good to look in. Make a portable object inspired by this detail or body part. Work with cardboard and tape. Size: minimum 30 cm. Think broadly about how something is portable and how you can work with the materials: tear, fold, cut, bend, cut, fire.

Enter the detail you have selected. Photograph your work in at least two images: one image showing how the object is portable and one image of just the object. You can merge the photos into a jpg or png file if you want.

Woodwork and Design

A craft for the boundless optimist!

Design a craft! The vessel you should be able to carry on your body or rather travel in. This means that you should create the shape of the vessel in a scale that relates to your body, your size. You build the shape of the craft using only corrugated cardboard and packing tape, and document it in still images while you ”ride” it.

  • Document the process with a concept sketch showing how your craft would work using at least one A4 paper (an image document in jpg or png format)
  • Document the finished craft with three pictures: a close-up and two pictures with the craft on the body (you can merge the photos into a jpg or png file if you want)
  • Briefly describe where you are going and how your craft would work in the image description when you load the image file
  • Material limitation – cardboard / corrugated cardboard and packing tape
  • Work in full scale (scale 1:1), not a scale model

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. Include information about the size, material and technique.

Interviews of applicants for the program Art and Craft Pedagogy June 8 – 14, 2023

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 8-14, 2023.


Information about admissions to the programs will be distributed by e-mail in the middle of June 2022.