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Introduction to Contemporary Art and Health

Bachelor’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Mixed time
Location independent
Study form
Application open
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Full education cost: 35 250 SEK
First payment: 35 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Introduction to Arts and Health is a new and innovative course that includes, but moves beyond narrow ideas of art therapy to provide students with an understanding of contemporary discourses and practices of the arts and health field. The course explores competing models of art practice in healthcare settings: including art and well-being, environmental design and participatory culture.


The unique nature of this course is its interdisciplinary approach, as it brings together experts on issues of health and arts practices and is open to students with an arts practice background and/or professional healthcare experience.  

The course is designed to be of use both for students who have not undertaken work in this area and for those who are already doing so but would like the opportunity to learn more about this field of practice.

By the end of the course students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the development, delivery and evaluation of the impact of arts and health practice and the ethical implications of artists working in healthcare contexts. It is expected that students will be able to produce a case study or visual essay that identifies the ways in which arts and health as an interdisciplinary practice necessitates an understanding of arts practice and the specificity of healthcare contexts responsive and sensitive to the perspectives and experience of healthcare users.

Introduction to Arts and Health is entirely online and will be taught via the zoom platform.

Apply for the course

1. Apply for the course on

Application period: March 15 - April 15 2021

2. Submit your work sample through SlideRoom:
Period to submit portfolio: March 15 - April 22 

More information about HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and Design here.

Prerequisites and selection


General entrance requirements

Special instructions for application

Admission is based on a letter of intention (preferably in English) stating why you wish to attend the course, 200 to 350 words in length. (Optional to include CV appendix in addition to 200-350 words). 

In evaluating your application, we consider:

  • clarity of purpose in attending course, as evidenced in letter; and
  • capacity to actively contribute to the group dialogue, evidenced in letter. 

Your application must be anonymous. Do not include name or contact details anywhere in this material. 


Selection for the Autumn semester 2021 is based upon average grade from upper secondary school, Högskoleprovet - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test and the number of credits from previous university studies. First priority is given to applicants with submitted work samples.