Department of Design and Architecture

Application deadline for Master in Design and bachelor programmes in Design and Architecture was March 21 2014.

Iceland Academy of the Arts - Department of Design and Architecture, seeks talented and creative individuals with a solid basic education, practical skills, and a fundamental knowledge of art.

Application form for the Department of Design and Achitecture

Masters Programme

Important information for the Master Programme in Design

  • Application deadline March 21 2014
  • Results of applications end of May
  • Portfolios can be retrieved at the department office in June
  • Application fee is ISK 5000
  • Tution fee is ISK 798.000
  • The Autumn semester begins 25 th of August 2014

An application is not valid until the applicant has payed the application fee and IAA has received the following documents.

  • Successfully submitted electronic form
  • Signed print-out of the electronic form
  • Motivation letter
  • Printed proposal for the Individual project / Research lab(s)
  • CV
  • Recommendations
  • Certified copy of degree certificates and school transcripts
  • Portfolio of works

The application process is in three steps, first you submit the application, then you pay the application fee and finally you print the application.

Admission
The Masters Programme in Design offers a platform for individuals who want to work across disciplines with an open and critical mind. Such a platform is pressing in order to meet the various challenges of our times.

Applicants will have completed BA/BS Degree or equivalent and it is desirable that they have acquired work experience in a field related to the occupational sphere of designers. In assessing applications, applicants‘ work experience is taken into consideration along with submitted original material (see portfolio). Furthermore, interviews are conducted with applicants where attention is paid to how well the relevant individual is likely to absorb the teaching and the methodology of design.

Motivation letter
Describe your strengths and experience with regard to the MA Design programme. What are your main goals and why are you motivated to apply? What are your expectations for the course and in witch way do you think it will benefit you personally and professionally? The description should be one to two pages.

Individual project / Research lab(s)
The proposal for an Individual project is an opportunity to indicate each applicant’s interests and self-direction. The proposal should give a clear description of a subject of research which will then be explored further during three or four semesters of study. In it the applicant has an opportunity to explain a subject the she or he would like to focus on in one third, approximately, of her / his time in the program (MA in Design: ca. 1/3 Individual project, 1/3 Design team, 1/3 Design Theory + MA project). The Individual project, or possibly projects, should center on a line of study and research, rather than an end result. At this stage the proposal must include space for research, growth and learning. The Individual Project work can become the basis for the MA Project (4th semester, 30 ECTS).

The Individual project proposal may take into consideration the goals and focus of the Department’s budding Research labs, but applicants are welcome to submit any proposal suited to their individual interest and artistic character.

Portfolio
Applicants for the Department of Design and Architecture must gather examples of their work into a portfolio, on paper (printed or handmade image material or text), which they submit with their formal application. This includes examples of moving images; to demonstrate these, a storyboard must be made with stills from the work and the work then included in electronic form or reference made to where it is available. It is not permitted to submit an electronic portfolio only. CDs or memory sticks are not accepted and homepages cannot be referred to, except as supportive material. The work should reflect the applicant´s personality, shed light on his main interests and from these, it should be possible to read what ability he has for original creation and presentation of his ideas. Further information on the application portfolio and application process may be found on the Academy´s website, www.lhi.is.

Information on background, study background, previous work and anything else related to the applicant‘s artistic endeavour.
Written recommendations of three individuals who are familiar with the applicant‘s artistic endeavour.
A specially appointed admission committee assesses the applications on the grounds of assessment of submitted material and interviews.

Language requirements
The Masters Programme in Design is an international course. English is the main language of instruction but tutoring may be in Icelandic or English. Students must be able to express themselves in spoken and written English. It may be required that the applicant pass a TOEFL test.

Bachelor´s programmes

Important information for Bachelor´s programmes

  • Application deadline March 21 2014
  • Results of applications end of May
  • Portfolios can be retrieved at the department office in June
  • Application fee is ISK 5000
  • Tution fee is ISK 422.000
  • The Autumn semester begins 25 th of August 2014

An application is not valid until the applicant has payed the application fee and IAA has received the following documents.

  • Successfully submitted electronic form
  • Signed print-out of the electronic form
  • Certified copy of degree certificates and school transcripts
  • Portfolio of works

The application process is in three steps, first you submit the application, then you pay the application fee and finally you print the application.

Admission procedures in Bachelor´s programmes
Admission to the Department of Design and Architecture is determined by a special admissions committee, comprised of three practicing professionals, who select students from the body of applicants. At least one member of the admission committee is not a permanent employee of the IAA.  Admittance is based on an evaluation of submitted portfolios of works, interviews and an examination. Separate applications must be submitted for each program of study.  To qualify for admission into the department, applicants must have completed a secondary school exam (in Iceland studentsprof) and submit a portfolio of their own work. It is recommended that applicants in the field of architecture should have completed a 35 credit program in design or visual arts at the secondary level, but this is not a requirement.

The application form and the portfolio of art works must be received by the IAA before the announced deadline. All enclosed documents, e.g. school transcripts and letters of reference, must be certified copies. Applications and portfolios sent by mail must be postmarked no later than the advertised deadline. Submitted works can be retrieved at the office of the Academy at Thverholt 11, 105 Reykjavik.

The admissions process for bachelor programmes
1. After the applications have been evaluated with respect to formal and specific admission requirements (above), each admissions committee reviews the submitted portfolios. The assessment criteria are professional knowledge and artistic value.
Special emphasis is placed on evaluating the applicants’ work in which they have worked independently and on their own terms. Applicants who meet the admissions committee’s requirements move on to a selected group.
2. Those who move on to the selected group are invited for an interview. The purpose of the interview is to evaluate the applicants’ interest in the potential study, their views and position towards design, their understanding of the world of design and the ideas that lie behind their works. The applicant should expect to have to express himself/herself about his/her submitted works during the interview.  Applicants must also be prepared for the fact that some interviews take place in English.
3. Finally the admissions committee may ask candidates to complete an examination if necessary. The examination is in two parts: a general knowledge exam as well as an assignment. The general knowledge exam, which is a multiple-choice exam, attempts to explore the applicant’s general knowledge of the arts and its context. The assignment entails tasks which are intended to demonstrate the applicants’ artistic thought.
4. Admissions notifications will be mailed in May 2013. Applicants who are offered admission must confirm to the Department office before the end of May and pay the confirmation fee. The fee is non-refundable.
5. All applicants receive written notification of the admissions results. The decision of the admission committee is final and no justification is required. The decision of the admission committee is an assessment of the applicant’s ability to benefit from the program of study offered by the department, and not a judgment of the applicant’s capability of working in a chosen field of design.

Portfolio
The portfolio is a collection of the applicant’s work to date, presented (on paper) with the formal application papers. The works should give insight into the student’s personality and shed light upon his/her main areas of interest. The collection of works should illustrate the student’s potential for creativity and expression of ideas.
It is not a requirement that all the works be fully developed or completed. On the contrary, it is important that the portfolio be diverse, including sketches and drawings at various stages of development, photographs, texts, and/or audio-works.
In fact, any piece of work or representation of an idea or concept, which the applicant him/herself feels portrays his/her artistic talent and expressive capabilities should be a part of the portfolio.
All portfolios must be in a printed format.  There are no rules regarding  format sizes but electronic  portfolios (CD’s, USB keys, references to websites etc) cannot be submitted, and will not be looked at.  Should the applicant want to present a moving image a printed reference must be submitted supported by a storyboard with still-images from the project.

Language of Instruction
Please, notice that the instruction on the Bachelor level at the Iceland Academy of the Arts takes place in ICELANDIC, with the exception of classes taught by foreign guest teachers.

Further information: Department of Design and Architecture