Fine Art Painting

The two-year Fine Art Painting programme offers a setting for students to try painting techniques and methods evident in paintings through the ages. The curriculum incorporates practical and theoretical aspects of art, with a particular focus on conceptual work. This approach aims to deepen students' professional knowledge, broaden their horizons, and enhance their ability to contextualize their work within society and culture. In addition to this, the programme encourages students to engage in research and experimentation. Students who complete this diploma programme can pursue further education at the tertiary level, with credits transferable to the institutions and universities of their choice. The selected institutions and universities evaluate the extent of transferable credits.
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The Fine Art Painting programme consists of 120 upper secondary school units, and the students will develop skills and competence on the fourth level according to the Icelandic Qualification Framework for Education. Each semester will focus on a specific subject matter, offering diverse possibilities to explore new perspectives and experiment with different methods. Additionally, all diploma students will attend seminars together where they can interact with professionals and scholars from other fields.

Programme details for Fine Art Painting.

1) Completed an upper secondary school matriculated exam in the arts or have equivalent qualifications.
2) Submit a statement of intent (50-100 words) discussing interests and goals for pursuing the programme.
3) Submit digital files of portfolios with selections of your own creations, and sketchbooks with at least 10 pages.
An admission committee reviews the applications and assesses the portfolios, and short-list applicants for interviews. The admission committee consists of the head of the programme, painters and artists who teach at the programme.
School year 2024-25 is ISK 580,000 (ISK 290,000 per semester).


Application is online through the INNA application portal.

If you do not have an Icelandic ID, an alternate link is provided at the end of the English instructions on the application login page shown below.


What to prepare for and expect during the INNA online application:

1) Enter your Icelandic ID (if you do not have an Icelandic ID, an alternate link is provided at the bottom of the English instructions on the application login page).

2) Register a valid email address – INNA application website will send a code to confirm your email address (the sender is Check to see if the message went into your spam). Enter the code on the application form to continue.

3) In addition to basic personal information, the form asks for your education and/or work experience.

4) Optional: Include a digital passport photo (not larger than 500 kb in size and preferably jpg or jpeg).

5) Answer the question Field of interests with a short statement of intent (50-100 words) that discusses your interests and reasons for applying to the programme.

6) Select the checkbox in the application to allow the school access to your study record if it is registered in the INNA system. If your academic record is not available on INNA – prepare digital copies of your education certificates to submit with the application.

7) Have digital materials available:

  • a portfolio that shows selections of your work and
  • idea development and processes, e.g. images from your sketchbook(s) (at least 10 pages). Maximum file size is 350 MB in jpg or PDF.

8) Fill in payment card information to pay the application fee.

Before you can submit the application:

  1. Answer all questions marked with an asterisk (*).
  2. Pay the application fee of ISK 15.000 (non-refundable) with a payment card.
  3. Check the box by terms of application to confirm that you have read and understand the term for application fee.

Further inquiries about the programme, email to head of the programme, Ransu JBK at