One-Year Foundation Programme

For students with matriculated exam from non-art courses to pursue visual arts
It consists of selected modules from the two-year programme and provides foundation education in diverse visual arts subjects. It prepares students who wish to change their education path to pursue visual arts. Students will have a stronger foundation to further their tertiary studies focusing on visual art, design, or architecture after completing the programme.
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The programme consists of 64 upper secondary school credits, in which the student acquires third level skills according to the Icelandic Qualifications Framework for Education. Each credit represents 18-24 hours of studies. Students complete 32 credits each semester. The programme offers core subjects and course subjects. The core consists of all required modules, but the course subjects are specific to the comprehensive foundation programme in visual arts. Modules are taught periodically throughout the semester or in continuous 1-6 credits groups.
The course assessment considers the learning objectives set out in each course description. The course description stipulates how students submit their projects and grading criteria for students’ work. The curriculum has a prescribed assessment framework, but the school takes on a continuous evaluation that focuses on various methods to meet students’ diverse needs. Practical courses assess both students’ competence in specific aspects of the relevant field of study and their ability to express themselves critically. In addition to grades, students receive guideline reports at the end of each module. For students with learning difficulties, modules are reviewed and revised in consultation with the school’s educational counsellor.
To complete a module, students must attain a minimum grade of 5. The school curriculum contains further information on the studies and programme development.
Applicants have completed the matriculated education requirements.
Applicants will take an entrance exam after the deadline of the application. The entrance exam is an integral part of the application evaluation. An admission committee reviews the applications and assesses the test results. The admission committee consists of the head of the programme, artists, designers and architects who teach at the programme.
School year 2024-25 is ISK 440,000 (ISK 220,000 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:

  • Enter your Icelandic ID number (if available) to start.
  • Register a valid email address – INNA application portal 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.
  • In addition to basic personal information, the form asks for your education and/or work experience.
  • Optional: Include a digital passport photo (not larger than 500 kb in size and preferably jpg or jpeg).
  • Prepare a short statement about your interests and experience (50-100 words) to answer the question Field of interests
  • Select the checkbox in the application to allow the school access to your study records if they are registered in the INNA system. If the INNA system does not have your study records from your earlier studies, upload certified digital copies of your certificates, transcripts and supporting documents with the application.

Before you can submit the application:

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

Further inquiry about the programme email to head of the programme, Þórunn María Jónsdóttir at
Applicants who wish to contact the school's education and vocational counsellor, email Anna Sigurðardóttir at