Set Design - Bachelor
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

Set Design - Bachelor

The bachelor’s programme in Set design is for you who want to become a set designer. This is a three-year programme worth 180 credits and the main language of instruction is Swedish.

As a set designer, you need your own artistic drive as well as an ability to work independently in collaboration with the rest of the team.

The programme is artistic, practical, theoretical and explorative. You will develop your ability to express ideas, think critically and work together. You will learn to create sets for theatre, opera, performance art and other types of stage arts. During the course of the programme, you will try your hand at a variety of creative processes and methods from text analysis, to visual communication, to artistic characterisation. You will do this through sketches and modelling, investigative elements alternating with theory, joint creative dialogue and full-scale productions.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Set design

To create solutions for a work of performing art, the set designer needs to be aware of the jobs of the director, actor, costume designer, lighting and sound designers, and have an in-depth understanding of dramaturgy and text analysis. A set designer also needs to have broad knowledge of cultural history, art history, contemporary art and the projection of light, images and film. In your professional role, you will also have a supervisory function at studios and workshops.

The artistic work is often carried out in close collaboration with students from other specialisations at the Stockholm University of the Arts. Each academic year, a practice production is held in collaboration with other specialisations at the school. This is the only university-level programme in Sweden that trains set designers for stage arts.

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  • Entry requirements

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

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  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Your application has to be turned in by 23.59 (swedish time).

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

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  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. Uniarts has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

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