Textile Handicraft: Foundation Diploma, 1 year

In our one-year program Textile Handicraft: Foundation Diploma, you learn to freely develop your own ideas based on different basic techniques. In the practical education, you will develop your skills in weaving, art, artistic embroidery and knitting. When completing the first year, you will have gained knowledge in various basic techniques and methods for further development and innovation in the textile area.

Education, subjects

Through design studies, you will develop your creativity and sense of colour and design, and work towards finding your own artistic expression. Theoretical textile history is designed to lay out your introduction within culture and art history with a focus on textiles. In our own dyeing facility, you learn how to dye yarn and fabrics to colorize your textile works. In textile materials science, we focus on sustainability and the environment. You will also deepen your knowledge of handicraft theoretically through the study of binding theory and theory of weaving. Further, you learn to manage software applications for fabric and knitwear, Point Weave and Knit Design.

In weaving, you use counterbalance looms and learn how to weave apparel – and interior textiles, and test your own experiments. Based on your own sketches you get to practice quality planning and calculations. The knitting includes hand knitted techniques, patterns and traditions, as well as machine knitting. Artistic embroidery teaches you the basics in a number of different techniques. You can also try free embroidery. The program ends with an individual project in any one of the textile techniques with guidance in design and craftsmanship.

The program is full-time, daytime.

After completing Textile Handicraft: Foundation Diploma, you can apply for HV School's two-year Advanced Textile Handicraft Diploma. 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.


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 11 000 / term, with additional costs for materials. Textile Handicraft: Foundation Diploma is covered by the Regulation of Art and Culture Education, and you are therefore eligible to apply for student aid (studiemedel) at university level. Contact CSN for more information (www.csn.se)

Course certificate

After having completed and passed Textile Handicrafts: Foundation 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 skola@hv-textil.se.

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. Images should have a resolution of 300dpi.

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.


Apply through our application system: 


or if you're having trouble, e-mail skola@hv-textil.se 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 (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 have bin studying the language before applying to the classes.


Please contact us:
E-mail: skola@hv-textil.se
Telephone: + 46 8 545 686 51