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Bachelor's programme in Fine Arts (BFA), 180 Credits

KGFKO, 180 Credits

The three-year Bachelor’s programme consists of individual work in the studio and individual tutoring from professors and other teachers, as well as scheduled courses in major areas of artistic techniques, artistic interpretation, and art theory.

Malmö Art Academy’s internationally active professors work in a range of artistic fields. This leads to important and diverse interaction at the Academy and also gives the students the opportunity to choose courses that reflect their artistic intentions.

The programme begins with a set of compulsory foundation courses dealing primarily with different artistic techniques and the development of the artist’s role over the last two hundred years. After this, students select their courses in theory, technique, and artistic creation. The topics offered vary from year to year, depending on students’ interests and the current artistic activities of teaching staff.

Students who successfully achieve 180 credits through their own studio practice and completion of courses are awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Students must also have participated in a group exhibition at Malmö Art Academy gallery and have written a shorter text (approx. 5 pages) based on their own artistic position. Professors at Malmö Art Academy act as examiners for undergraduate students, and an external examiner is always invited to participate in the assessment.

To be granted the courses in individual studio practice demands of you to have at least one (1) studio visit each semester with our professors and in addition also studio visits with our teachers and/or external tutors. Professors at Malmö Art Academy are: Gertrud Sandqvist, Joachim Koester, Emily Wardill and Fredrik Vaerslev.  

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Malmö Art Academy entitles you to apply for the two-year Master of Fine Arts programme that we offer or for Master’s programmes at other institutions.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to Malmö Art Academy, students must fulfill the general entry requirements for higher education studies in Sweden. For those who do not fulfill the general entry requirements, exemption can be granted in exceptional circumstances. If you do not meet the general requirements, you need to state the reasons for exemption that you wish to refer to. The general entry requirements can be fulfilled in several ways: upper secondary school qualifications, professional experience or education in a country other than Sweden.

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Language requirements

English (spoken and written). We don’t require an English test (as IELTS or TOEFL).

Tuition fees

Students who are citizens of countries outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are generally required to pay application and tuition fees of SEK 200 000 (23 000 Euro) per year. 


Each academic year a maximum of 12 students are admitted to the programme. The selection is based on an assessment of samples of artistic work, personal statements and interviews. All applications are reviewed confidentially by an admissions committee composed of supervising professors of Fine Arts, senior lecturers, lecturers and student representatives. Shortlisted applicants are called to interviews in the spring, usually in April. Following the interviews, applicants are informed by email whether they have been admitted to the programme or not, or have been placed on a waiting list. The reasons behind the decision of the committee are not communicated and the decision cannot be appealed.


Applications to the Bachelor's programme in Fine Arts are done in two steps. First on and then in the Malmö Art Academy application portal where work samples can be uploaded. Next application period is January 2024.

Instructions for applicants to the Bachelor's program in fine art, 180 credits


For questions about our programmes 

E-mail: khm [at] khm [dot] lu [dot] se (khm[at]khm[dot]lu[dot]se)
Phone: 040 32 57 01