Application Process

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
    1. Please submit a portfolio to the respective department’s office no later than March 23, 2020.
    2. If applying to more than one programme or department, a separate application and portfolio are required for each programme/department.
    3. It is only possible to submit a portfolio when applicant has completed the electronic application.

Please note:
Application is only valid when the electronic application has been approved and if the portfolio has been submitted before March 23, 2020.

Regarding Portfolio

Applicants should collect examples of their work in a physical portfolio.

Electronic content is not applicable (such as links for websites, memory sticks etc.) unless as complementary content, please note that such content is not necessarily taken into account. 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.

The portfolio should be submitted anonymously, but the applicant should label it with an 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, 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.
  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: March 23d 2020

Admission results: May 2020

Autumn semester begins: August 24th 2020

Application fee: 5000 ISK




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