The application process is in two steps; in the first step applicants fill out the application form, pay the application fee and submit the application.
In the second step, applicants receive confirmation that IAA has received the application.
It is necessary to include a passport photo with the application. The application fee is 5000 ISK. Please note: It is possible to save the application while working on it.
A portfolio should be handed in to the relevant department office or sent by mail. If sent by mail, the date should be no later than the final day of the application period.
An application is not valid until the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee. Applicants must submit the following documents:
- Certified copy of degree certificate(s) and programme / course transcript(s) (PDF)
Applicants should submit a detailed record of previous education (final examination or university entrance examination) from secondary education, including programmes of study taken and grades achieved. This may be submitted in Icelandic or English. Attached in the application
The portfolio is a collection of the applicant’s work to date, presented (on physical format) with the formal application papers. There are no rules regarding format sizes but electronic portfolios (CD’s, USB keys, references to websites etc.) cannot be submitted, and will not be looked at. Should the applicant want to present a moving image a printed reference must be submitted supported by a “storyboard” with still-images from the project.
The works should give insight into the student’s personality and shed light upon his/her main areas of interest. The collection of works should illustrate the student’s potential for creativity and expression of ideas.
It is not a requirement that all the works be fully developed or completed. On the contrary, it is important that the portfolio be diverse, including sketches and drawings at various stages of development, photographs, texts, and/or audio-works. In fact, any piece of work or representation of an idea or concept, which the applicant him/herself feels portrays his/her artistic talent and expressive capabilities should be a part of the portfolio.
- After the applications have been evaluated, each admissions committee reviews the submitted portfolios. The assessment criteria are professional knowledge and artistic value. Special emphasis is placed on evaluating the applicants’ work in which they have worked independently and on their own terms. Applicants who meet the admissions committee’s requirements move on to a selected group.
- Those who move on to the selected group are invited for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to evaluate the applicants’ interest in the potential study, their views and position towards design and architecture, their understanding of the world of design and the ideas that lie behind their works. The applicant should expect to have to express himself/herself about his/her submitted works during the interview.
- The admissions committee may ask candidates to complete an examination if necessary.
- All applicants receive written notification of the admissions results in May. Applicants who are offered admission must confirm to the Department office before the end of May and pay the confirmation fee. The fee is non-refundable.
- The decision of the admission committee is final and no justification is required. The decision of the admission committee is an assessment of the applicant’s ability to benefit from the programme of study offered by the department, and not a judgement of the applicant’s capability of working in a chosen field of design.
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