Advanced Textile Handicraft Diploma, 2 years

The Advanced Textile Handicraft Diploma is a two-year program of full-time studies, and gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in textile handicraft.


Education, subjects

You get comprehensive practical and theoretical skills in weaving, binding theory, artistic embroidery, textile material science and textile history. In the subject of economics, you get basic knowledge about small-scale entrepreneurship and the economic conditions of doing business in the textile crafts area. When studying design, you are given the opportunity to freely develop your own ideas and artistic expression. In our own dyeing facility, you learn how to dye yarn and fabrics according to your own design.

After graduation, many students start their own business to work with textiles and artwork in their own studio. This may include textile orders, cooperation with architects, textile design, or participation in arts and crafts exhibitions. The program is also preparatory for further studies in art, fashion and / or textile in colleges such as the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design / Konstfack, Beckmans college of design / Beckmans designhögskola, The Swedish School of Textiles / Borås Textilhögskola, and HDK. There are several different possibilities.

Final Major Project

As a final project of you degree, you can either choose to complete a final major project or apply for an apprenticeship in conjunction with your final project in either weaving or artistic embroidery.


Examination takes place within the framework of the courses continuously during the teaching process, tutorials and presentations of projects.

The final examination is a written report and presentation of the final major project in weaving / artistic embroidery and opposition.


To apply for the program, you must have completed Textile Handicrafts: Foundation Diploma at Friends of Handicraft / Handarbetets Vänner School, or have equivalent knowledge and skills. Textile experience in colour - and design is considered additional qualifications, as well as skills in weaving and weaving theory.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee is SEK 9 000 / term, with additional costs for materials. Textile Handicrafts: Foundation Diploma is covered by the Regulation of Art and Culture Education, and you are therefore eligible to apply for student aid at university level.

Course certificate

After having completed and passed Advanced Textile Handicraft Diploma, you will receive a course certificate.

Application and admission

1. To apply, use the application form and enclose a photo of yourself, a personbevis (a Swedish proof of identity similar to a birth certificate)

2. PDF portfolio containing five A3-pages according to following instructions:

Page 1–3: works where you have used textile materials / techniques / methods.

Sidan 4-5: works/projects executed in optional sketch technique. This can be for example; idea sketches, collages, photography, drawings or sculptures.

Please note that works containing of several parts, for example installations and collections can be displayed on one page in the PDF-portfolio.

3. Personal Letter

In your personal letter, please write a presentation of yourself and why you apply for the education together with a brief motivation of how you work / wish to work within textile. 

Maximum one A4-page in PDF-format.

4. Brief CV

Maximum one A4-page in PDF-format.

Please write a short CV where you state your previous educations and relevant work experience.

5. All attached files need to fit within 20MB and has to be emailed to

Technical directions:

File format: PDF.

PDF-documents shall not be password protected.

Please name your PDF-documents according to the guideline: name_surname_documenttype.pdf 

Example: Lisa_Andersson_CV.pdf

Tips in how to create a PDF:

Export a Word/Pages-document as a PDF


Export a A3-Powerpoint/Keynote-presentation as a PDF


Export an InDesign-document as an interactive PDF


Export an Illustrator-document as an interactive PDF

Application deadline is April 10th, 2017. All applications need to be sent to Name your subject line "Advanced Textile Handicraft Diploma Name Surname".

Late applications will be considered subject to availability of places on the course. 

Tuition fee

The tuition fee is SEK 9,000/term. When planning your studies at the FoH School, please remember that the school tuition fee does not include the cost of books or materials. As a student on the Advanced Textile Handicraft Diploma course you are eligible for student aid (studiemedel); contact CSN for more (

Application process

Admission to the course is determined through interviews with a selection of the candidates. An acceptance letter will be sent to successful candidates in June/July.

For non-Swedish students

Students must make their own living arrangements and make sure that they are covered by insurance before arriving in Sweden.

To apply, use the application form for non-Swedish students and enclose a photocopy of your passport, a personal letter addressed to the headmaster of the FoH / HV School, copies of certificates from educational qualifications and positions of employment and samples of your works of art, for example sketches, drawings and photos of works of textile art. Be aware that the application for a residence permit takes time.

If you are accepted to the FoH School we will send you a formal certificate of confirmation. You will need this document when you apply to the Swedish Migration Board ( for a residence permit. The permit is required by law of any non-resident who wishes to study in Sweden for more than three months.

Our teachers speak English, but since the classes are conducted in Swedish we require all students to study the language. Further information regarding suitable language classes is available on request.


Please contact us:
Telephone: +46 8 545 686 51