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Metal Art, continuation course

Course Package
Bachelor’s level
30 credits (ECTS)


This course offers intensive full-time studies in metal art for you who have prior knowledge at the university level or equivalent work experience and who want to develop further in the field. This package of standalone courses offered in English follows the second semester of the Bachelor's programme in Metal Design and takes place at HDK-Valand at Steneby in Dals Långed.


This course provides the opportunity for in-depth study of metal art for those who have prior knowledge at the university level or equivalent work experience and who want to develop further in the field. This semester of full-time studies follows the syllabus of the second semester of the Bachelor’s programme in metal art.

During the semester, you will work in one of the largest academic metal workshops in the world as you deepen your knowledge of materials and techniques in metal and apply them to your own design work. Our 1200-square-meter forge provides ample opportunities to explore different techniques based on tasks and themes founded on the concepts material, body, and space. Through lectures, application exercises with supervision, workshops, and tutorials, you will receive support for further developing your working methods and also for reflecting on your work and communicating your choice of methods both in writing and orally. You will gain in-depth knowledge of visual design, including the study of theory.

Our international and unique environment is located at HDK-Valand at Steneby in Dals Långed, 170 kilometres north of Gothenburg. Our courses and programmes are exemplary of our attitude towards the larger learning process, where we build a foundation and provide opportunities for further apprenticeship and mastery based on your individual preferences and goals.

Admission is made subject to availability in our workshops. The language of instruction is English.

The application should be made in English.

Submit compulsory work samples

To apply for this course, it is mandatory to submit a work sample. Submit your work sample in SlideRoom:
Information on what your work sample should contain can be found further down on this page.
Work samples for applications for the spring semester 2022 should be submitted between 15 September - 22 October 2021.
More information about HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and Design here.

Due to the current situation, the education at HDK-Valand this autumn will be carried out to a limited extent on campus. This means that courses will be held both through distance education and on site in workshops and student workplaces. We are awaiting instructions regarding the spring semester 2022.
A decision will be made by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg in November on the basis of recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden due to Covid-19. This means that we, for the time being, cannot say with certainty which parts of the education will take place on campus during the spring and which will be given through distance education.
We also want to inform you that certain courses, or course elements, may not be completed during the spring semester 2022. Stay updated about the University of Gothenburg's guidelines due to the Corona pandemic here.

Prerequisites and selection


Metal Art, introductory course, 30 credits, or equivalent

Special instructions for application

Include the following::

  1. CV (max 2000 characters)
  2. Letter of intent that describes your expectations of the course. Also describe what/who gives you inspiration (max 3000 characters).
  3. Present, by using images, an object in metal (large or small, contemporary or past) that made an impression on you. Note! no self-made item. Briefly tell in writing why you chose this object. Evaluate the form, expression, context, etc. 5-10 images.
  4. Hand drawings, sketches, paintings or life drawings (figure studies). 5-10 images.
  5. Images (photos, prints) of work/objects you have designed and made yourself, preferably in metal, work/objects made in other materials can also be uploaded. Write down the facts of the material you used, the size of your work and the year you made them, for each piece. 5-10 images.

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Steneby is a creative cultural and educational environment in Dals Långed. The educational programmes at Steneby share a common ground in the materials wood, metal and textile. There is also an art gallery and a library.

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