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Två personer tittar på konst i HDK-Valands byggnad på Vasagatan i Göteborg.
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Fine Art

Independent art is foundational to a free society. Fine Art at HDK-Valand educates tomorrow's artists to critically contribute to the development of both art and society.

As a student of Fine Art at HDK-Valand, you acquire the knowledge to begin a professional life as an artist. Through producing artistic experiments in well-equipped workshops with regular supervision and peer-learning you will develop your artistic abilities. Students will be introduced to practice-oriented and theory-based research skills to strengthen their analytical and contextual skills.

Students are encouraged to explore various forms of artistic practices and develop their position on what artistic practice can be and the contributions artists can make to society. Attention is paid to the critique of the public sphere and its relations to art, and of art’s systems including the roles of: institutions, self-organisation, art criticism, curating and exhibition production. The educational offer is informed by research conducted within the Academy by educators, researchers and doctoral candidates.

Fine Art at HDK-Valand has played a crucial role in the development of Swedish and international art life for more than 150 years. As part of a large international University and of an institution with related subjects such as film, photography, literary composition, design and crafts, Fine Art at HDK-Valand offers great opportunities to expand your knowledge beyond the subject syllabus.

We nurture multiple local, national and international partnerships with other educational and cultural organisations and with communities of practice; and importantly with multiple communities within the city. Through HDK-Valand’s central location in Gothenburg, close to art institutions and galleries, your education will also be integrated with the city's art life.

Programme in Fine Art, taught in English

Get to know teachers and other staff at the Crafts and Fine Art Unit.

Get to know HDK-Valand

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Meet Inga Söring, student from the MFA Programme in Fine Art