Applicant who does not meet the formal entry requirements - Bachelor level

Here you can read about how Uniarts assesses prior learning and exemptions when you apply to a Bachelor´s Programme, or to a freestanding course at the same level.

You can apply for recognition of prior learning/exemption if you do not have the formal qualifications and grades needed for the general entry requirements and/or any specific entry requirements. This is based on the Higher Education Ordinance ch. 7 section 3, paragraph 5.
 

Prior learning

An applicant may be considered to have acquired skills (prior learning) equivalent to Upper secondary school, through other studies or through work experience.

You apply for recognition of prior learning when you submit your application to a program or a freestanding course. You need to upload a letter in your application where you explain why you consider that you have the skills equivalent to the general entry requirements and/or the specific entry requirements. You should specify which entry requirement/s it concerns, and explain why you consider that you will cope with the studies even though you don't have the formal qualifications and/or grades needed. You also need to upload documentation of your studies and/or work experience. Uniarts compares the stated entry requirements with the skills/work experience you've referred to. The Dean of each school decides if your prior learning meets the general entry requirements and/or the specific entry requirements for the programme you apply to. In some cases, specific tasks to solve are given to an applicant as part of the assessment.

Exemption

If Uniarts can’t grant you recognition of prior learning we will assess whether or not we can grant exemptions from the entry requirements. Uniarts can only grant exemptions from the entry requirements if we estimate that you will be able to cope with the studies. When we assess whether or not you should get the exemption, we look at the same documents as for the decision on recognition of prior learning.

How to apply

When you apply for recognition of prior learning/exemption, you should upload:

  • A letter in which you apply for recognition of prior learning and where you justify why you think that you will cope with the studies even though you don't have the formal qualifications and/or grades needed for the programme or course.

  • The CV that you submit with your application has to be detailed and supported by attachments. You can support your CV with certificates from employers, or others who you have worked with, programmes, reviews, or similar. The CV should contain your professional experience within the art field, but also other professional experience that can provide the skills contained in the entry requirments. Trainings and/or courses are also important.
  • Grades from the Swedish Upper Secondary School (if you have any).

The assessment process

We look at your documents to see if you have the right amount of work experience and grades from specific subjects from Swedish Upper Secondary School. If you can show that you have the grades listed below, and professional experience, Uniarts can formally recognise that you have prior learning equivalent to the general entry requirement for studies at bachelor's level:

Lowest score of Pass, or E, in the following courses from the Swedish Upper Secondary School:

  • Swedish/Swedish as a second language 1, 2 and 3
  • English 5 and 6
  • Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c
  • Civic studies or civic studies 1b, 1a1 or 1a2

You should also have three years of work experience after the age of 19. It should be at least half time work.

For programmes where Swedish is not the language of instruction, knowledge in Swedish is not compulsory.

If you do not meet these criteria we look more closely at the merits that you have shown and the letter that you have written to assess your prior learning. In some cases you will be invited to participate in the process before you have recieved notification about whether or not we have found that you have the necessary prior learning. Your participation can give us further information regarding your prior learning through seeing you handle the tasks given to you.

Specific process for programmes at DOCH

After the last date of application for programmes at DOCH, applicant who apply for recognition of prior knowledge will be invited to take a test at DOCH. The test is to carry out an individual assessment of whether or not you meet the entry requirements through prior learning. You will receive information on how the test will be done. DOCH will assess your prior learning or the possibility to give you an exemption from how you demonstrate that you can use your skills in comparison to the entry requirement. We will make an overall assessment of your letter, the merits you show in your CV and how you've solved the tasks given to you.