About the Programmes

Reykjavik School of Visual Arts offers full-time art programmes at two competence levels—foundation programmes in visual arts and diploma programmes in four specific fields.

Visual Arts:
1) Two-Year programme to matriculation provides creative individuals with an environment to finish their upper secondary studies. To enrol, they should have completed at least 60 secondary credits. In addition, students accepted into the programmes have passed the school's entrance examination as part of the application process. The programme has a curriculum structure with 140 secondary credits to fulfil the 200 secondary credits required by the matriculation examination. As a result, students will have acquired third-level competence according to the Icelandic Qualifications Framework for Education upon graduation. Furthermore, it gives them options to pursue studies in arts and humanities at university levels.
2) One-Year programme provides a concise study with modules from the two-year programme. It serves students who have little or no background in visual arts but wish to prepare themselves for university studies in art, architecture or design. Before acceptance into this programme, students have completed their matriculation exams and successfully passed the school's entrance exam.

3) One-year Study Programme for Students with Disabilities

Launched in 2015, the one-year study programme aims to give 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 disabilities.

The programme consists of 30 credits over 2 semesters, with classes taking place two mornings every school week. Students should have completed their secondary education or the equivalent. The programme is defined as Level 1 according to the Icelandic qualification framework. At its completion, the student is awarded a diploma in art.


Diploma programmes are ongoing two-year studies in four separate fields leading to level four competence according to the Icelandic Qualifications Framework for Education upon graduation. In addition, art academies and education institutions worldwide can evaluate the acquired credits in the programmes if students pursue their BA studies or continue to further their studies elsewhere.

The four fields of study are 1) Ceramics, 2) Fine Art Painting, 3) Illustration and 4) Textiles.