The Diploma Programme in Art for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

The Diploma Programme in Art for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

In autumn 2015 The Reykjavik School of Visual Arts launched a two year study programme  in visual arts for students with intellectual disabilities. It focuses on visual arts and design and aims to give the students the opportunity to develop their talents in a professional learning environment. The programme complies with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which specifies the importance of people having the opportunity to grow, use and enjoy their talents and the right to study at all school levels. The programme 's structure is based on the school's one year foundation course and is adapted to the needs and abilities of students with intellectual disabilities.

 The programme consists of 20 credits divided into 4 semesters with classes taking place two mornings every school week. Admission requirements are that students should have completed their secondary education or the equivalent. The programme is defined as Level 1 according to Icelandic qualification framework. At it's completion the student is awarded a diploma in art that on it's own does not provide any specific rights.

Studio Course

The school offers a studio programme for artists with intellectual disabilities who work independently on their art work with guidance from professional artists.