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 11 000 / term. When planning your studies at the HV School, please remember that the school tuition fee does not include the cost of books or 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, contact CSN for more information (

Course certificate

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

Application deadline:

 16th of April

For more information on the the application deadline for the academic year please e-mail

Application and admission

To apply for this programme you need to attach the following documents:

1. Photocopy of ID (driver's license, passport, ID card)

2. Diploma from Swedish high school or equivalent.

3. Work samples:

To your application, we want you to submit a portfolio that shows your creative ability. We also want you to solve an assignment that you submit pictures of. Task and portfolio should be sent as a PDF file. 

3a. Portfolio
In your portfolio we want you to submit pictures of works that show a varied selection of your skills. You present works / projects carried out in optional techniques and materials, spread over 4 pages. It can be e g textile works, idea sketches, photos, drawings or collages. However, at least one work should be a hand-drawn sketch or drawing made in pencil, marker, charcoal or chalk. Enter the selected technique under each image. Label each page with: "portfolio".

3b. Assignment

This year's task means that you show us your interpretation of the theme:
By myself but not alone

With the social distancing due to the pandemic, loneliness has become something many can relate to. How could a work of art, large or small, contribute to experiences of community and context? Use your imagination.

4. Cover Letter:

In the cover letter you should present yourself, tell us why you are applying for the programme and give us a brief justification for how you work / want to work within textile. Max one (1) A4 page in PDF format.

5. Brief CV:

Write a CV where you enter your previous education and relevant work experience. Max one (1) A4 page in PDF format.

6. Important! A Textilhantverk Basår-diploma (Textile Handicraft: Foundation Diploma) or certificate of experience equivalent to it. A student applying for Advanced Textile Handicraft Diploma should have minmium of 200 hours of weaving experience and basic knowledge in embroidery techniques. E-mail for more information.


Apply through our application system:

or if you're having trouble, e-mail and we will help you set up your application profile. 

Application process

Admission to the course is determined through a jury group with a selection of the candidates. An acceptance mail will be sent to all candidates from mid-May and onward.

For non-Swedish students

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

If you need to apply for a student visa we can speed up the process since the visa application process can take be time consuming, it might take several months. 

If you are accepted to the HV 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 have bin studying the language before applying to the classes.


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