Research Lab CRAFT! 60 credits, 2017

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. 

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 2016 to 16 January 2017.

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.

Important dates

1 December 2016: Online application ( and portal to upload applicant assignment ( open.

16 January 2017:
Application deadline.

1 February 2017: 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 2017: Assessment of applicant assignments + prospective interviews.

31 March 2017: 1st Notification of selection results.

19 April 2017: Last date to reply to offer.

26 April 2017: 2nd Notification of selection results.

28 August 2017: 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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More information

Karin Hultquist Persson
Skyddad adress
+46 8 450 41 83

Uppdaterad: 8 november 2016
Sidansvarig: Pia Schenkmanis Rämö