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Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
Motto Insigt och flit
Motto in English
"Insight and diligence"
Type Public
Established 1844
Endowment 148.3 million SEK[1] (2008)
Vice-Chancellor Maria Lantz
Administrative staff
210 (2008)[1]
Students 585 (2008)[1]
Location Stockholm, Sweden
Campus Urban
Website konstfack.se

Konstfack, or University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, is a university college for higher education in the area of art, crafts and design in Stockholm, Sweden.[2]


Konstfack has had several different names since it was founded in 1844 by the ethnologist and artist Nils Månsson Mandelgren as a part-time art school for artisans, under the name "Söndags-Rit-skola för Handtverkare" ("Sunday Drawing School for Artisans"). The school was taken over by Svenska Slöjdföreningen (today known as Svensk form)[3] the next year and renamed Svenska Slöjdföreningens skola.

In 1857, the first two female students (Sofi Granberg and Matilda Andersson) were accepted, and the following year female students officially were invited to apply.[3]

It became a state school and was renamed Slöjdskolan i Stockholm (Handicraft School in Stockholm) in 1859; and in the context of a thorough reorganisation, where the school was divided into four departments in 1879, to Tekniska skolan (The Technical School). From 1945 it was known as Konstfackskolan (The school of art departments), when the institution was divided into the departments devoted to distinct disciplines that remain largely today: Textile, Decorative art, Sculpture, Ceramics, Furniture and Interior Design, Metal and Advertising and Printing. The school also obtained official status and had a two-year day school and a three-year arts and craft evening school. To this was added a two-year higher Arts and Crafts school and a three-year Art Teacher institute. It was given the status of a högskola ("university college") in 1978. From 1993 it was called just Konstfack, the short form of the name formerly used colloquially.[4]

Long located on Norrmalm, between Klara kyrka and Hötorget, the school was in 1959 moved to a new building on Valhallavägen with well-equipped workshops, designed by architects Gösta Åberg and Tage Hertzell. In 2004, it once again moved to the former headquarters of LM Ericsson at Telefonplan in Stockholm Municipality. The 20,300-square metre interior of the old factory building was redesigned by among others architect Gert Wingårdh.[5]


Konstfack at Telefonplan, Stockholm, in 2010.

Following the standards of the Bologna process, Konstfack offers bachelor's degree programmes (3 years, 180 ECTS credits, Bachelor of Fine Arts), and master's degree programmes (2 years, 120 ECTS credits, Master of Fine Arts). There are also Art Education programmes (teacher programmes, 4,5 years and 5 years). The 2-year Animation education existed between 1996 and 2005; and was located in Eksjö.

There are seven Bachelor's Programmes :[3]

  • Ceramics and Glass
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture and Furniture Design
  • Textiles
  • Metal Design

The Undergraduate Program is conducted in Swedish.

There are five Master's Programmes:[3]

  • Craft (Dept. of Craft)
  • Design (Dept. of Design, Interior architecture and Visual communications)
  • Fine Art (Dept. of Fine Art), and
  • Visual Communication (Dept. of Design, Interior architecture and Visual communications)
  • Visual Culture and Learning

One goal of Konstfack's two-year Graduate Programmes is to attract both Swedish and international students, and the education is held mainly in English.

There is also a doctoral program given in collaboration with Royal Institute of Technology:[3]

  • Art, Technology and Design


Konstfack has four departments:

  • Craft,
  • Design, Interior architecture and Visual communications,
  • Fine Art and
  • Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education.

Examinations and The Spring Exhibition[edit]

The third year of the bachelor's program and the second year of the master's includes a degree project, ten weeks at BFA-level and twenty at MFA-level, ending with a public examination and, if the student passes the examination, an exhibition for all graduating students: the Spring Exhibition (Vårutställningen in Swedish). The annual exhibition usually takes place at Konstfack during two weeks in May, with around 150 exhibiting students, and attracts thousands of visitors.
Link to the official website for the Spring Exhibition 2015 (English version).

Notable alumni[edit]

A selection of some distinguished former students at the different departments at Konstfack (Art or designer groups referred to by their collective names):[4]

Graphic Design & Illustration:
Carl Johan De Geer (artist and designer), Lasse Åberg (filmmaker), Brita Granström (artist and illustrator), Lotta Kühlhorn, Lars Hall (advertising), Oskar Korsár (artist and illustrator), Tuulikki Pietilä (artist), RBG6 (motion graphics), REALA, Stina Wirsén (illustrator), Ana Biscaia.

Interior Architecture & Furniture Design:
Claesson Koivisto Rune, Gunilla Allard, Jonas Bohlin, Mats Theselius, Stefan Borselius, Thomas Bernstrand, Greta Magnusson-Grossman.

Industrial Design:
A & E Design, Katja Pettersson, Front (arty designers), Veryday (formerly Ergonomidesign), No Picnic, Propeller, Transformator Design.

Fine Arts:
Stig Lindberg (textile & ceramic designer), Annika von Hausswolff, Carl Milles, Dorinel Marc, Johanna Billing, Maria Miesenberger, Miriam Bäckström, Caroline Schlyter.

Ceramics & Glass:
Bertil Vallien, Per B. Sundberg, Zandra Ahl, Christian Pontus Andersson (artist).

Art Education:
Cecilia Torudd (cartoonist), Elsa Beskow (writer and illustrator of children's books), Gert Z Nordström, Jan Stenmark (artist), Jockum Nordström (artist).

Astrid Sampe, Hans Krondahl, Mah-Jong (creators of intellectual fashion in the 60's & 70's), Susanne Pagold (fashion journalist), 10-gruppen.

Metal Design:
Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, Gunnar Cyrén.


  1. ^ a b c http://www.konstfack.se/content/1/c4/29/31/arsredovisning_2008.pdf
  2. ^ List of higher education institutions Archived November 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, accessed 2010-10-26.
  3. ^ a b c d e http://www.konstfack.se
  4. ^ a b Björkman, Ivar; Konstfack 2006-07, Stockholm 2006. ISBN /91-85549-00-2, ISBN /978-91-85549-00-9.
  5. ^ http://www.arkitekt.se/s11409

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 59°17′55″N 17°59′45″E / 59.29861°N 17.99583°E / 59.29861; 17.99583