The Directorate of Education has granted the Reykjavík School of Visual Arts accreditation as a private secondary school at upper secondary level with permission to carry out instruction with completion at 3rd and 4th competence levels (4th and 5th levels according to the European Qualification Framework of Education).  

Accreditation from the Directorate of Education (30.01.2017) Accreditation from the Directorate of Education (23.03.2016)

Emphasis is placed on making student progression agreements with universities abroad in order to encourage students to look for possible further studies in their field.

Language Policy

Studies at the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts are conducted in Icelandic. The exceptions being in foreign language courses and when teachers or lecturers are not fluent in Icelandic.

It is the duty of the school to provide students with a rich Icelandic vocabulary in their field of study. Furthermore, it is important for Icelandic society as a whole that the terminology of diverse vocations is specifically maintained.

Teaching at the school is predominantly practical and teaching methods are individualized. In practical courses teachers can employ various methods to meet the needs of foreign students studying at the school. In academic courses reading material is recommended and written assignments are accepted in English or another foreign language.

Erasmus+ VET Mobility Charter

International relations are cultivated through projects, joint programs and exchanges of students and teachers. The school initiated two international Leonardo da Vinci projects and continues to develop projects and collaborations abroad on all school levels. The school was awarded the „Erasmus+ VET Mobility Charter“ 2015-2020 by the Icelandic Erasmus+ National Agency. The Charter recognizes the operational capacity of the school to manage high quality mobility projects.

Mission Statement

The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts offers education in the field of art, design and crafts, art history and cultural studies. Thereby enhancing the student’s personal artistic expression and his awareness of the value of art and culture for society, human environment and nature.

Knowledge of the visual arts is an intrinsic part of modern literacy. Learning visual arts stimulates creative thinking and increases the understanding of imagery. The importance of visual literacy goes hand in hand with the constant growth of complexity in our environment and the ever more persistant information that is presented visually. Understanding art and imagery sharpens the individual's focus and strengthens him as a critical participant in cultural and social activities. All human beings possess creative qualities. In creation lies power that is not only very important to the individual himself but also to society as a whole. Increased involvement of the individual in creativity and cultural work strengthens the infrastructure of society and underpins a prosperous economy.

Studying art opens the student’s vision to his own artistic strength and creativity, and deepens his understanding of the work of others and thus art and cultural history in general. At pre-primary and lower secondary level, emphasis is placed on giving students the opportunity to develop their abilities through a broad variety of projects. Both the school’s foundation programme and its visual arts programme towards matriculation prepare students for further studies in art, design and architecture. The school’s diploma programmes provide the student with both theory and practical work to get a deeper insight into fields within art and design and prepare students for further studies towards a BA. It also enables them to choose to proceed directly into  careers in fine art painting, textile, illustrations or ceramics.

Strategic Plan

The initial purpose of the Reykjavík School of Visual Arts was to promote an awareness of the value of arts and culture by operating an art studio for people of all ages. That purpose is still a primary principle. The school aims to be at the forefront of art education at primary and secondary level by offering excellent education in art and related subjects to students at these school levels. It provides primary and secondary teachers with continuing educational opportunities and access to projects and teaching materials. Furthermore, the goal of the school is to disseminate knowledge and technical skills in specialized areas of art and design.

The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts is focused on developing creative and independent thinking, professionalism and courage and an enhancement of the students’ awareness of their responsibility for their own education and future.

Quality Assurance policies

The school's self-assessment is as follows:

1. Students assess teaching methods and study materials. Electronic evaluation takes place at the end of each course. Students get an email with a survey to answer. The results are reviewed by the head of each department and are made available to the teacher. If the results of a survey give reason for reconsideration of methods or materials, a meeting is held with the teacher and subsequently a revised plan is presented.

2. Evaluation of other services and activities such as management, counseling, library usage, computer science and technical equipment. The assessment takes place both formally in a network survey and in an informal manner at the annual school meeting of students, teachers, staff and director.

3. Information on further education or careers of students a year after graduation from the school. The survey is conducted in various ways, with conversations with former students, by e-mail or by other means.

4. Evaluation by an external visual artist or designer of the school’s curriculum and its students’ achievements. An external examiner reviews the final projects of full-time students. At the end of the review, an assessment is conducted with the relevant examiner about student performance, which factors in the work are in good standing and how and where improvements could be made.