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Apply for MFA Programme in Photography

This programme will open for application on March 18, 2024. The information below concerns application for the autumn semester 2024.

Portfolio instructions

Your application must be anonymous. Do not include your name or contact details anywhere in this material. You can write your application in Swedish or English. 

Your portfolio to the MFA programme in Photography should include: 

  1. CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) – maximum 2 pages, pdf format. The CV should include information on your previous education, exhibitions, projects, publications, grants and other experience you have acquired within the field of photography, visual arts and/or other relevant fields.
  2. DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PRACTICE – maximum 4000 characters including spaces. 
    - State what subjects, themes or area of photography you are interested in. 
    - Describe your artistic process and / or method. 
    - Reflect on how your practice has developed over the last three years. 
    - Place your practice in relation to other artists / photographers / subjects in the field of visual art.  
  3. LETTER OF INTENT – maximum 3000 characters including spaces.
    - Motivate your application to the MFA in Photography at HDK-Valand in relation to the profile of the program. 

    -  What are your expectations on the program, and are there any particular areas within your practice (practical and/or theoretical) you would lite to develop? 
  4. WORK SAMPLES – limited to 3–7 projects. Each project can consist of one or more images. You are free to upload any desired combination of video, sound, stills and text, but please limit the duration of eventual videos to 15 minutes. Don't forget to indicate title, medium, dimensions, year of production and other relevant information for each uploaded work.
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Portfolio assessment

  • Technical skills and artistic ability
  • Knowledge of the subject Photography and its contexts
  • Ability to orally present, reflect and argue around their own choices (in the portfolio)
  • Expected ability to utilize/learn from/make use of the programme 

Your work samples must meet the assessment criteria to be approved.

Submit your portfolio  

Submit your portfolio through our portfolio tool SlideRoom . 

SlideRoom closes at midnight (CET) on the day of deadline. When you have submitted your portfolio in time, you will receive a confirmation e-mail från SlideRoom. 

We recommend that you upload your material 24 hours before the deadline. Please note that it is not possible to submit your portfolio after the application deadline. 

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Application, selection & admission  

Documentation of Bachelor’s degree and English 6. 

Submit all documentation on that shows you fulfill the entry requirement. It is important that you submit complete documentation and follow the country specific guidelines carefully. More information: Provide application documents . 

If you submit incomplete documentation you will be considered unqualified. 

Selection and admission

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

The work samples are considered approved or not approved. If your work samples are not approved, you will be unqualified for the programme. A number of applicants will proceed to a personal interview. Notification whether you have been invited for an interview will be sent to the email address you have registered on 

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements can be granted exemption if the department judges that the applicant in other ways have demonstrated ability to benefit from programme. Ability to benefit from programme can be demonstrated by:

  • other relevant education
  • relevant work experience or other practical experience
  • relevant artistic skills and abilities

Key dates  

18 March, 2024: Application round opens

15 April, 2024: Last day to apply on 

15 April, 2024: Last day to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom

April-May, 2024: Invitations to interviews will be sent out. The invitation is sent to the e-mail address registered on

April - May 2024: Interviews are held

20 June, 2024: Last day to upload documents to proofing you are eligible for the programme

11 July 2024: First admission results are published on 

19 July, 2024: Last day to reply to your offer

25 July 2024: Second admission results are published on