Central for the field of Crafts at Konstfack is thinking, through artistic practice, which challenges established craft and societal norms and expectations. We encourage artistic expression that draws on both practice and theory, and is manifested in both acts and reflection.
Research Lab CRAFT! offers students a year of supported study to explore an in-depth, self-selected project in the field of craft. 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.
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, and create their own platforms sharing the outcomes of their research. Students are expected to take a lot of responsibility for their development during the course. In addition, applicants are expected to have an advanced study practice, and have an interest and ability to examine the forms through which dissemination of knowledge about craft can take in the future.
Those who are accepted onto the course will design an individual study plan in consultation with a supervisor. Students will have access to workshops within their specialisation, a workplace at Konstfack, and continuous supervision. Konstfack's wide range of lectures and other activities are also open to accepted students.
We are calling for projects that aim to explore how forms of knowledge within the field of craft can challenge, use, and deepen the relationship between theory and practice. We want 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.
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.
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.
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
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 2016 to 16 January 2017.
When applying to Konstfack you submit an online application to the Swedish central application website www.universityadmissions.se (antagning.se for Swedish speaking applicants), and send qualifications to support the entry requirements to universityadmissions.se (antagning.se 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.