Textile Handicraft: Sewing Foundation Diploma, 1 year

Our new one-year textile full-time programme, you learn to freely develop your own ideas based on different techniques and methods related to sewing. The practical training involves courses in sewing, material science, draping, design, embroidery, textile and costume history and dyeing. After the foundation year you will master basic sewing and can, through your own sketch, produce a product or garment and do innovative work in the textile field.
The course design will develop your creativity and sense of color and form and work towards finding your own artistic expression. In the textile and costume history, you will get a cultural and art historical basis with a focus on folk costume and fashion. In our own dyeing studio you will learn how to color and process fabrics so that you can colorize your work. In sewing, you will study different techniques and methods in both hand- and machine sewing. In sewing, you will use both traditional and overlock machines and sew garments, details and interior textiles as well as experiment and try new things out. In draping you will get solid knowledge of how to shape and cut the fabric on the mannequin. In art sewing, you learn different embroidery techniques and in the course Tambour you will learn to embroider with silk thread and beads for folk costume and fashion. You also get knowledge of mounting and materials, and to develop, interpret sketches and make job descriptions as well as material and cost estimates. The program ends with a single project in any textile technology with guidance in the form, sewing and draping. The program is full-time, daytime. 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.

The formal requirement is that you must have
completed upper-secondary school or equivalent
education qualifications. You may also qualify
if you are expected to assimilate the education.
Textile experience and skills in colour - and design is
considered additional qualifications.

Tuition Fee
The tuition fee is SEK 25 000 / 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 Textile
Handicraft: Foundation Diploma Sewing, you will
receive a course certificate.

The application deadline for the academic year 2017 /
2018 is the 10th of April 2017.

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 four A3-pages according to following instructions:

Page 1–2: works where you have used textile materials / techniques / methods.

Sidan 3-4: 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 ansokningar@hv-textil.se.

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 10 April, 2017. All applications need to be sent to ansokningar@hv-textil.se. Name your subject line "Textile Handicraft: Foundation Diploma Name Surname".

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

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 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 (www.migrationsverket.se) 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:
E-mail: skola@hv-textil.se
Telephone: + 46 8 545 686 51