Two-Year Programme Towards Matriculation

It provides foundation education in diverse visual arts subjects. A matriculation examination in visual arts prepares the student for entry into further studies at the tertiary level, in art and design subjects and humanities and social sciences. Studies in visual arts are also a good foundation for various occupations. Opportunities within the field of art and culture are constantly increasing concurrent with the rapid growth of creative industries in the world.
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The matriculation examination consists of 200 secondary school credits, in which the student acquires third level skills according to the Icelandic Qualifications Framework for Education. The programme offers 140 credits and students complete 35 credits each semester. The programme offers core subjects and course subjects, and one credit in health education each semester for the first two semesters. The core consists of all students’ subjects, but the course subjects are specific to the comprehensive foundation programme in visual arts. It is practical, and art and design are integral in tackling academic subjects. Modules are taught periodically throughout the semester or in continuous 1-6 credits groups.
The 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.
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At the end of the programme, students become more informed about social issues, can advocate for positive change, and collaborate with others to address shared challenges. The cultural history lessons allow students to appreciate the context in which art and culture evolve. Informed discussions about cultural issues foster critical thinking and broaden perspectives. Encouraging varied approaches to image creation helps students explore different techniques, styles, and mediums, and fosters creativity and allows them to express their unique vision. Students would trust to tap into their imagination, their intuition, and channel their emotions into their work. Students learn independence and can generate ideas, plan projects, and execute them without constant guidance. They are responsible when meeting deadlines, managing resources, and respecting ethical boundaries. Students will recognize their strengths and areas for growth. Discussing their work with peers and teachers allows them to refine their artistic voice and express themselves effectively. Regular self-assessment helps students recognize progress and areas for improvement. Understanding the multifaceted roles of artists empowers students to make purposeful choices. They will value education when appreciating the learning process and seeking continuous growth.
Applicants have finished at least 60 upper secondary school credits in Iceland: 30 credits at Icelandic Qualification Framework Level two; 10 in Icelandic, 10 in English, 5 in Danish and 5 in mathematics, and a minimum of 30 elective credits in languages, humanities, or humanities sciences.
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 260.000 ISK (130.000 ISK 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