Arts and Culture courses (Konst- och kulturutbildningar)

Konst- och kulturutbildningar (Arts and Culture courses) is the name of a new type of post-secondary level education in Sweden. The first courses begun in autumn 2015.

Courses are available within subjects such as professional dancing, music, theatre, film, fine arts and fashion. They are offered by private education providers although they are subject to state regulation. Some of them receive public funding and/or qualify for student financial aid.

Many courses prepare for undergraduate studies in academies for fine arts, music or performing arts. Others prepare for direct entry into a specific occupation, such as professional dancer, designer or musical theatre performer.

There are also shorter courses designed to specialise or inspire and to preserve cultural heritage and promote cultural development . Subjects may include knitting, smithing or folk dance.

A full list of courses is available on our website for prospective students,

Courses vary in duration, from a few days up to several years. Longer courses qualify for student financial aid.

The course providers charge tuition fees. Fees will vary depending on whether the courses receive public funding or not.

A short background

The Arts and Culture courses may constitute a new type of formal education, but they are by no means new to the system. They are in fact well known and established. Previously, they were formally known as kompletterande utbildningar, but these types of courses will gradually cease to exist.

Our main areas of responsibility:

  • Making decisions on and awarding government grants to course providers
  • Carrying out inspections
  • Conducting reviews
  • Producing statistics
  • Promoting quality improvement in courses