The right to the image - Course
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

The right to the image - Course

The course is intended for those with a background in filmmaking and media, who wish to advance and expand their critical, artistic practice and research skills, in order to contribute to a rethinking of the representations of injustices in our world filled with images that are captured, edited, and published at hyper speeds.Through historical and contemporary perspectives, political and ethical aspirations of the production and distribution of images are put into question.

Representations of human suffering and injustice are not only the effects of aesthetic choices; these are also political and ethical choices. In situations of war and mass violations of human rights, our hyper-mediatized world creates the typical images of victims. Our impulse to expose human suffering and injustice has taken humanity from individuals and groups who, in dignity, are resisting the conditions that led to their oppression.

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    How to represent indignity in dignity? The course aims at taking seriously the task of collective experimentation in view of inventing new modes for producing, disseminating and experiencing images about the injustices of the world from the axiom that the dignity of the human persons must be respected. The students are assigned to work with a practical artistic assignment, close readings of a selection of articles and a short written essay, that all together reflects the points set out in the course. The intention is to integrate a reflection on the right to the image in the artistic practice of the students, using the experience of the anonymous Syrian film collective Abounaddara.  

    The course is led by Charif Kiwan, member of and spokesperson for Abounaddara and Katarina Nitsch, artist and Senior Lecturer, responsible for Critical Images at the Royal Institute of Art.



  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the second cycle:

    Specific entry requirement:

    - 90 credits in the field of art or other relevant field or equivalent

    - English 5 or equivalent

    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.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    The course is intended for those with a background in filmmaking and media, who wish to advance and expand their critical, artistic practice and research skills.

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-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. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    • A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.


    Below are the entry requirements for the course.  If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at the second cycle

    • You must upload a transcript of records 
    • If you do not meet the formal Requirements for studies at the second cycle you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates


    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • 90 credits in the field of art or other relevant field or equivalent
    • English 5 or equivalent
    • if you do not have 90 credits and/or English 5 you can apply for recognition of prior Learning.


    Other documents needed for the admission process

    • Letter of Motivation. write and motivate why you want to attend the course max 1 page 4000 characters.
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.




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

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. Selection is made based on a written application consisting of a CV and a personal letter stating the candidate's motives for applying to the course.

  • 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.

    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.

    The tuition fee for the course is 75 000 SEK.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.