Art schools

Art has accompanied mankind from the beginning and is one of the cornerstones of human society.

Dramatic art

  • The Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a four-year dramatic arts programme at university level. Further information on entrance requirements and other information may be found on the website of the Department of Theatre.
  • The programme is eligible for loans from the Student Loan Fund.

Music and singing programmes

  • Icelandic schools for music and singing are either independently operated in co-operation with local authorities or entirely operated by the local authorities. The schools are divided into departments.
  • The Ministry of Education issues the Icelandic national curriculum guide for music schools. Each school, moreover, issues its own curriculum. Further information may be found on their websites.
  • Music teaching and art education in primary and secondary schools is a part of the national school curriculum. Choirs and bands have been established in most schools at all levels of schooling. Further information can be obtained from the schools' own websites.
  • The age at which students begin their musical education in music schools varies, although the majority start in primary school. Information on age limits, acceptance requirements, registration and school fees may be found on the websites of local authorities and the music schools.
  • Music schools offer programmes at basic levels, mid-level, secondary-school level and university level. More information is available on schools' web sites.
  • Music studies at secondary-school level are included in the assessments of final examinations in some secondary schools. The Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a music programme at university level. Further information can be obtained from the schools' own websites.
  • Music education at university level is eligible for loans from the Student Loan Fund.

Visual and fine art studies

  • Fine art, art education and visual arts are part of the national curricula for primary and secondary schools.
  • Fine art schools in Iceland are either self-governing institutions or privately run with a contract with local authorities and the state.
  • Teaching in art schools is divided into departments. Students must meet certain requirements in order to study in some of the departments. Generally this depends on the level of studies. Information on age limits, acceptance requirements, registration and school fees may be found on the websites of the schools.
  • Some secondary schools offer art programmes that are included in assessments of final examinations.
  • The Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a four-year fine arts programme at university level.
  • The programme is eligible for loans from the Student Loan Fund.

Ballet

  • Icelandic ballet schools are privately run and some have negotiated service agreements with the state. Information on age limits, acceptance requirements, registration and school fees may be found on the websites of the schools.
  • One secondary school offers a ballet programme according to the national curriculum. Students aged 16 and older who are engaged in secondary education in a ballet school may have their studies assessed in that programme.
  • Dance education is a part of the national curricula for primary and secondary schools.
  • The Iceland Academy of the Arts offers a year-long diploma programme in ballet.

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