Research Lab CRAFT! 60 credits, 2018

Research Lab 2018: Craft and the Historic House

Research Lab explores, both through thinking and studio work, the role of craft today and what it can tell us about ourselves and society. It is a focused, one year programme aimed at craft professionals. Taught in English, the core modules take place over 2 to 3 consecutive days each month to allow students to take part in the course without having to be based in Stockholm full time.

Developed with practitioners in mind, the condensed aspects of the course provide a backbone for generating new work over the year, either in the studios at Konstfack or in the practitioners’ own studios.

From 2018, Research Lab will focus on a different aspect of Craft each year. In 2018-19 the theme for Research Lab is Craft and the Historic House - houses which were once lived in, but are now open to the public. These complicated sites are the result of untold hours of labour, are deeply gendered and are simultaneously both public and private. Reading and discussion groups will explore the subject, and each participant is encouraged to apply the theme to their practice in the way that best takes their work forwards, resulting in a site-specific public group exhibition and publication which explores the thinking generated during the year. 

Critical thinking is central for the field of Crafts at Konstfack, particularly thinking which challenges established craft and societal norms and expectations. To develop their research skills, students will develop their own area of enquiry drawing on a wide variety of theoretical and practical sources and using these to inform their own practical work and thinking in order to develop and even challenge what research in the field may be.

We want Research Lab to explore, both through thinking and studio work, the role of craft today and what it can tell us about ourselves and society. Furthermore, we welcome projects that practically examine craft history from a norm-critical perspective.

Applicants should have a Master's in crafts, or another appropriate master's education which is relevant to contemporary crafts.  Applicants must have a good ability to independently plan their work, push it forward, sharing the outcomes of their research.  Those who are accepted onto the course will design an individual study plan in consultation with a supervisor. Students are expected to take a lot of responsibility for their development during the course and have an interest and ability to examine the forms through which dissemination of knowledge about craft can take in the future.

The course is taught entirely in English and would suit those wishing to return to study, people wishing to develop proposals for PhD study and makers who would like an opportunity to explore a specific subject in depth through thinking and making. 

Entry requirements
A minimum of 60 credits on advanced level in the field of Craft or equivalent. And proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B. Read more about the language requirements here.

Course period
The course is taught over a 40 week period, and there will be seminars, group discussions and individual tutoring.
Start: 28 August, 2017
End: 3 June, 2018

Course syllabus: MFM209_Research Lab CRAFT!_60hp.pdf

Artistic assessment/portfolio

Examiners are the professors within the craft subjects at Konstfack.

The examination consists of
- A report/ documentation of the research project
- Written conclusion of the research project
- Verbal and physical presentation of the project in form of public exhibition/seminar/lecture

Language: The course is taught is English

How to apply to Research Lab CRAFT!

The online application is open from 1 December 2017 to 15 January 2018.

When applying to Konstfack you submit an online application to the Swedish central application website ( for Swedish speaking applicants), and send qualifications to support the entry requirements to ( for Swedish speaking applicants).

You will also need to upload files electronically via Konstfack's website. These files will be used in the selection between eligible applicants.

Files to submit to Konstfack's website:
1. Portfolio of former works and/or projects, one (1) PDF file, max 10 pages.
2. CV, one (1) PDF file.
3. Project description, one (1) PDF file

The project description should consist of 1000 - 1600 words and it shall explain the research subject as well as suggest research methods and it shall propose the relevance of the research for the field of craft.

Applications for admission in 2018 are closed.


Important dates

1 December 2017: Online application ( / and portal to upload applicant assignment ( open.

15 January 2018:
Application deadline.

1 February 2018: Qualifications to certify the entry requirements, and payment of application fee or certification of fee exempt status must have reached University Admissions.

Deadline to upload portfolio/files for selection to

February/March 2018: Assessment of applicant assignments.

19 April 2018: Notification of selection results is published ( /

3 September 2018: Course start.

Tuition fees and studying in Sweden
Students with citizenship in countries outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland are in general required to pay tuition fees. Read more about application and tuition fees here.

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