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Arts Academy

HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design

A part of the largest arts faculty in Scandinavia.

As part of Scandinavia’s largest Academy of Arts, HDK-Valand, train the artists and designers of the future. Students and researchers collaborate in an exciting and creative environment.

The foundation for the school was laid as early as the middle of the 19th century, and much has happened since then. The school was a pioneer when it came to giving women the opportunity for higher education. From 1876, women were accepted who were then taught freehand drawing, modeling, wood carving and paperwork.

In 2020, the two departments HDK (with focus on design, craft and teacher’s education in sloyd and visual arts) and Valand Academy (Film, Photo, Literary Composition and Fine Art) merged and have since become one of Scandinavia’s broadest and most exciting art academies.

Together with its sister department Academy of Music and Drama, HDK-Valand constitutes the University of Gothenburg’s Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.

HDK is suitably located next to the Röhsska Museum, the Swedish Museum of Design and Craft.

Credits: Natalie Greppi