Application Process

The application deadline has been extended to the 4th of May

The application process is two-tiered:

  1. Electronic Application
    1. Please complete the electronic application on the university website.
      Please note: It is important to complete all fields marked with an asterisk, attach all required documents, pay application fee and confirm application.
    2. Please scan and attach to the electronic application an institutionally stamped copy of a degree certificate (photocopies are not valid) as well as a record of completed courses.
    3. If attachments are not valid the applicant receives an email and is afforded the opportunity to amend the application.Applicant receives confirmation if the electronic application is valid.
       
  2. Portfolio
  • Please submit a portfolio to the respective department’s office no later than May 4th 2020.
    Due to the ban on gatherings announced by the Icelandic Government on grounds of Covid19, the University buldings are closed. Applicants can therefore choose to hand in their portfolio digitally or send the printed or handmade version via mail.
  • If applying to more than one programme or department, a separate application and portfolio are required for each programme/department.
If the porfolio is mailed:

If applicants would like to send the department printed or handmade portfolio, we ask you to please send it with mail, before the 4th of May. Notice that the delivery can take longer time than usual, on grounds of Covid19, so please send it timely.

The address on the mailed portfolio should be:

Listaháskóli Íslands, Dept. of Design and Architecture
Þverholt 11
105 Reykjavík 
Iceland

 

If the portfolio is digital:

In light of current circumstances applicants can submit a digital portfolio.

The portfolio has to be in a .pdf format. We can only accept one file with each application. We can not accept files via wetransfer or equivalent websites, the digital portfolio has to be sent as an attachement in an email or hosted online on a Google drive, Dropbox or similar. Digital portfolios should be sent to the email portfolio [at] lhi.is before the given application deadline.

Please note:
Application is only valid when the electronic application has been approved and if the portfolio has been submitted before May 4th 2020.

 
 

Regarding the Portfolio

Applicants should collect examples of their work in a physical portfolio.
 
Please note that content that is not directly included in the physical or digital portfolio is viewed as complimentary content. This also applies to links or external references within the digital .pdf portfolio. We cannot promise that complimentary content will be taken into account when the portfolio is being reviewed.
 
The works in the portfolio should reflect the personal vision of the applicant, highlight his/her/their key interest and attest to his/her/their skills, creativity, originality and communication of own ideas.
 
It is not necessary that all works be complete or exhaustively developed. On the contrary, it is also important that the portfolio exhibits sketches, drawings, photographs and texts. The applicant should be the author of all works in the portfolio, any collaborative works in the portfolio should be disclosed as such.
 
Applicant must assess independently what a portfolio should encompass, it is important that it reflects the competence, skill and vision of the respective field through creative practice.
 
 
ATTENTION:
The portfolio should be submitted anonymously, but the applicant should label it with an application number. If you send in a digital portfolio we ask you to save it so that the file name is the application number. This number can be seen, both on the electronic application form and in the email confirmation sent to the applicant after he/she/they complete the application.

Afterwards, all physical portfolios must be collected at the university office in Þverholt 11 before a set deadline, given in an email sent to applicants. Portfolios that are not collected are not archived and the university reserves the right to dispose of uncollected portfolios.

 

 
Admission Process

Each programme nominates an admission committee.

The committee consists of two to three specialists in the respective field, that choose which students, from the group of applicants, to admit.

The admission process is as follows:

  1. Once applications have been assessed, each admission committee reviews all submitted portfolios. The aim of the review is to examine the applicant’s proficiency relevant to the respective field and the artistic value of the works in the portfolio. Special consideration is given to original works of the applicant that attest to independent methodology and an independent and creative approach to the subject at hand. Applicants that pass the examination of the admission committee enter a qualifying stage and receive an interview invitation. Not all applicants receive an interview invitation.
  2. The purpose of the interview is to get a sense of the general interests of the applicant relevant to the prospective studies, his/her/their view and approach to design and architecture and understanding of the design world, as well as his/her/their view of the subject matters and ideas of architecture. The applicant should be prepared to discuss the works submitted in the portfolio. An applicant invited to an interview may also expect to be given a special assignment before the interview, information is provided when the applicant is invited to the intervie.
  3. The admission committee is authorised to send applicants to an admission test if considered necessary.
  4. All applicants receive an online reply to applications in May/June.
  5. Applicants that have been granted admission need to pay a confirmation fee. This fee is non-refundable and becomes an installation for school fees.
  6. The decision of the admission committee is ultimate and the committee is not obligated to give any further reasoning for declining admission.
Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have completed a secondary education degree or comparable studies.

 

Exemptions from Admission Requirements
The University of the Arts is authorised to exempt applicants from admission requirements should they have knowledge and experience on a level considered satisfactory in preparation to BA studies at the school. In such instances, the applicant must have completed no less than 105 credits from the older secondary education level or 150 credits from the new secondary education level.

In order to be exempted from admission requirements (secondary education or comparable studies) the applicant’s portfolio must exhibit outstanding ability, knowledge and vision in the respective field.

 

Practical information

Opening of applications: November 8th 2019

Application deadline: May 4th 2020

Admission results: May/June 2020

Autumn semester begins: August 24th 2020

Application fee: 5000 ISK

 

APPLICATION FORMS

Architecture

Fashion Design

Visual Communication

Product Design

 

CONTACT

hafdis [at] lhi.is (Hafdís Harðardóttir,) department coordinator.

 

 

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