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Metal Art, introductory course

Course Package
Bachelor’s level
30 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
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Full education cost: 141 000 SEK
First payment: 141 000 SEK

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

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This course package is aimed at you who want an introduction to artistic studies in metal art. Throughout an entire semester, you will have the opportunity to explore different techniques in metal through assignments and themes with a focus on materials, body, and space.


You will receive support in developing working methods and reflecting on your work, and also in communicating your choice of methods orally and in writing. Through lectures, supervised exercises, workshops, and tutorials, you will explore visual design and communication, as well as theory and history, providing a foundation for a rich and well-rounded education as you develop your craftsmanship. 

You will study in an international and unique environment: HDK-Valand at Steneby in Dals Långed, 170 kilometres north of Gothenburg. We have one of the largest academic metal workshop in the world, including a 1200-square-meter forge. See our virtual tour of the workshops:

If you want to continue your studies beyond one semester, you can apply for a continuation course that takes place during the spring term.

Admission is made subject to availability in our workshops. The language of instruction is English, but if you are Swedish-speaking, you can perform certain tasks in Swedish. You can apply in English or Swedish.

The following courses are included in the semester:

  • SBMG01 Metal Art 1, 18 credits
  • SBHI01 Theory and History 1, 4.5 credits
  • SBVI01 Visual Studies, Visual Literacy 1, 7.5 credits

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

Letter of intent 
Describe your choice and expectations of the course. Also describe what/who gives you inspiration.

Portfolio instructions 
Present, by using images, an object in metal that made an impression on you. Note! No self-made item. Briefly describe why you chose this object. Evaluate the form, expression, context, etc. 5-10 images.

Hand drawings, sketches, paintings or life drawings (figure studies). 5-10 images.

Images of work/objects you have designed and made yourself, preferably in metal, work/objects made in other materials can also be uploaded. Describe the material you used, the size of your work and the year you made them. 5-10 images.

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


The selection is based on submitted work samples.