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Craft and Design with Specialisation in Wood, 30 hec

(Course code: SBTTT3)


First cycle


This is a freestanding course in which students have the opportunity to implement their own project studies related to wood as a material.

In the course, you will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of woodworking materials and techniques in one or several independent projects. In the projects, you will explore and examine various woodworking methods and techniques, both in terms of proficiency and expression, through different assignments and themes that use the concepts of materials, body and space as a starting point. You will be given the means for developing working methods and reflection on your own work and for communicating your choice of methods, both in writing and orally. The presentations are an important part of the course, as the ongoing work is presented and discussed on a regular basis. The course might also give you opportunities to attend workshops, lectures and practice exercises with supervision, related to your project.

The course is part of the international environment at the Academy of Design and Crafts at Steneby. Language of instruction is English. If you are Swedish-speaking, you can perform a few modules in Swedish, if you wish to. Applications can be submitted in English or Swedish.

The course is situated at the Academy of Design and Crafts at Steneby in Dals Långed. Admissions are made subject to availability in our workshops.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements: General entrance requirements


The selection is based on an assessment of submitted work samples. Information and instructions regarding the work samples can be found under each course at www.hdk-valand.gu.se/english/education/courses. Submitting work samples is mandatory for a complete application.

Craft and Design with Specialisation in Wood, 30 hec
Start Full/part time Period Apply
Autumn 2020 Day, 100 % 31 Aug 2020 - 17 Jan 2021 Closed

Course coordinator

Rasmus Malbert

Reading list and schedule

Before the start of the course, you will receive a welcome letter with a link to canvas.gu.se where you'll find course information such as reading list, schedule, etcetera.

Apply for the course starting autumn 2020

  1. Apply for the course on universityadmissions.se
    Application period: March 16 - April 15 2020
  2. Submit your portfolio through SlideRoom
    Period to submit portfolio: March 16 - April 22 2020

An application is only valid with a correctly submitted portfolio

Portfolio instructions

  1. Project description and previous experience, max 3000 characters
    In this section you should describe your project(s) with background, purpose and goal. Please use pictures and sketches to argue for the project(s) you want to complete during your study time.

    Also mention the courses you have completed, as well as describe previous experiences that you think are important to your application. Having a preparatory artistic or woodworking education is a merit but not a requirement. Previous employments, hobbies or travels may be important to list here if you consider it to strengthen your application. Please also motivate why you apply for this course
  2. Work samples, 10 images
    Here you show own work that represent your creative experience. We want to see photographs of furniture and objects, drawings, sketches, paintings and/or croquis. We evaluate your portfolio based on process, presentation and ideas. The education is based on independent and practical exploration of the material wood and therefore we would like to see examples of experience of this in your portfolio.

Since we review the portfolios anonymously we ask you not to include your name, personal identity number or other personal details in the different parts of the portfolio. Your account details will not be visible to the reviewers.

Submit your portfolio

Your portfolio is submitted digitally in our portfolio system SlideRoom, applyartsgu.slideroom.eu

SlideRoom closes at midnight (CET) on the day of deadline and after that it is not possible to submit. When you have submitted your portfolio in time you receive a confirmation e-mail from SlideRoom.

NOTE: Uploading media files in SlideRoom can be a time-consuming process, so it is very important to start early before closing time. It is not possible to submit or complete an application after midnight.

For the purpose of handling and reviewing work samples, we use an external service provided by SlideRoom Technologies Inc. By using the service, you agree that the University of Gothenburg may handle your personal data and material submitted via SlideRoom in order to evaluate your application for education. The material you upload remains with SlideRoom until you choose to remove it from their servers. The University of Gothenburg may, by individual agreement with the applicant and in a way that the university decides, offer an alternative opportunity to submit work samples.

Selection and Admission

All complete applications are assessed by a jury consisting of representatives from the department.

Your academic qualifications are assessed separately from the portfolio. If you do not meet the entry requirement, your application is unqualified. If you are unqualified the jury has the possibility of making exemptions from the requirements, if they have ranked your portfolio high and considers your background to be equal that of the requirements. This is done on the initiative of the jury and you cannot ask for this assessment to be made.

When will I get the results?

Important dates like when the notification of results are published is available on universityadmissions.se

How to contact us

If you have questions about the course please contact course coordinator.

We have put together some frequently asked questions and answers concerning international applicants. If you cannot find an answer to your question under FAQ please send an e-mail to: hdkadmission@hdk.gu.se

Page Manager: Admission HDK-Valand|Last update: 12/19/2019

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