Vision and overall goals

Konstfack’s vision, mission and overall goals.


By 2030, Konstfack will be a leading player in the global field of the visual arts. The university has a history of exploration, risk-taking and responsibility – something we will continue to emphasise. Through practice-based education, research and professional development, we place the freedom of thought and creativity at the heart of our organisation. This establishes cross-disciplinary approaches that guide individuals, institutions and societies towards democratic and ecological goals.


Konstfack brings together explorers and practitioners within the entire visual arts field. Through critical and open discussions, we educate entrepreneurs, reformists, innovators, visionaries, activists and other seekers to develop art, design and pedagogy in an international education and research environment.

Through our deep roots in the field – both inside and outside of the academy – we are able to develop artistic and pedagogical expressions and methods. Konstfack emphasises interaction between the mind and hand, imagination and personal responsibility. The university is characterised by respect for equality and a universal commitment to ecological and social sustainability.

We strive to scrutinise ourselves, the world and its values; to promote intuition and empathy; to challenge what we take for granted; and contribute to our collective future through the visual arts of the highest standard.

Overall goals

Study programmes
After completing first, second and third-cycle programmes, students will have:

    1. the skills and knowledge required to establish themselves in their professions
    2. proficiency in design work and communication, as well as the ability to think and work beyond the limits of their particular disciplines
    3. critical thinking ability, courage, problem-solving skills and leadership capacity
    4. solid knowledge of the theory and history of art, design, fine craftsmanship and art teacher education
    5. a broad perspective on contemporary cultural and social currents
    6. the knowledge required to conduct focused projects concerning issues of diversity and sustainable development
    7. the ability to participate

Konstfack has a research environment strong enough to promote research within its branches of knowledge while pursuing interdisciplinary, international collaboration with others. The research environment is characterised by close cooperation with first and second-cycle programmes.

Konstfack promotes understanding of the changing cultural and social conditions to which art, fine craftsmanship, design and art teacher education are subject.