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Eugene Sundelius von Rosen BA 2017–2018. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger.

Education, Research, Culture and External program

The Royal Institute of Art is a leading art institution in higher education located in Stockholm, with a long artistic tradition dating back to 1735. Today the institution is a state-owned organization that runs under the Ministry of Education. Art is the focus for the students, researchers and collaborators who work here, and we safeguard the freedom of both art and learning.

We offer an unparalleled combination of artistic breadth and excellence, with programs in the Fine Arts at both the basic and advanced levels . Our freestanding courses at the advanced level are aimed at both professional artists and architects, as well as those who work within culture and the humanities. In addition, we are also a research institution.

As a cultural institution, we also offer a public program with exhibitions, seminars and workshops that are open to everyone.

Development with a Historical Connection

The Royal Institute of Art is a place that enables art and learning. We experiment and take artistic risks in pursuit of growth. Professional artists teach fine art here—from print-making, painting and sculpture to video, sound, photography, interactive techniques, performance and critical studies.
Our campus is located on Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm. The combination buildings with a clear historical connection and modern workshops creates a dynamic environment for students, researchers and staff. Here, artistic heritage is preserved while new techniques and methods in the field are constantly being developed. The art made here relates to the past as well as to the search for new ways of redefinition. The Royal Institute of Art is characterized in a similar way, both by its tradition and ongoing renewal.

The Art of Continuous Development

The students’ artistic work is at the center of all learning. Through a collaborative process of thoughtful reflection, various forms of artistic expressions are heightened and enhanced by coming into contact with each other. A vast range of different aesthetics, attitudes and approaches are accommodated amongst our 230 students. Our education and research utilize and form a joint field of knowledge in constant evolution. The desire for experimentation and critical discussion pushes independent artistic development forward.
By creating new forms of developing and testing different modes of artistic expression against one another, our employees, researchers and students create the conditions for lifelong learning.

Public Program

We do interdisciplinary work through exchanges and collaborations with related areas within culture, science, and the community. In our community collaborations, we also offer exhibitions, screenings and performances. We arrange open lectures, seminars and workshops, with guest lecturers who come from both local and international higher education institutions and organizations, or are individual artistic practitioners from around the world.

Our calendar contains information about our public program.