Who are we?

The Arts Campus is a unique environment for research, education and events within architecture, design and art.

At the Arts Campus you'll find Umeå School of Architecture, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and Bildmuseet - the University's museum for contemporary visual art. Here you'll also find the digital experiment workshop Humlab-X and during 2014 the Incubator 'Sliperiet' opened - a meeting place for researchers, students, trade and industry and public organisations.

Umeå Institute of Design was opened in 1989. At the institute world-class education is carried out. Here you'll find around 130 students from 29 different countries. The Institute of Design has an extensive collaboration with external partners and companies. BMW, Audi and Philips are queuing up to recruit and as many as 95 % of students are employed six months after finishing their degree. Umeå Institute of Design is highly ranked internationally and has received a number of awards. Only this year the school has been nominated 13 times for IDEA (International Design Excellence Award).

Umeå School of Architecture was founded in 2009. At the moment there are 175 students studying here but when the school is extended there will be room for around 250 students. The school's education program is attracting students from the entire world and many members of staff have international backgrounds. The School of Architecture cooperates with the London-based engineering firm AKT and the Stuttgart-based engineering firm Transsolar, as well as with many Swedish and international architects. Since it started in 2009 the school has gradually been developed as an international laboratory that encourages and educates artistic and innovative architects who want to improve society through a sustainable perspective as one of their goals.

Umeå Academy of Fine Arts was founded in 1987. Back then education took place in the former Scharinska Wood Mill. Today the academy has its new home in the heart of Umeå Arts Campus. The Academy of Fine Arts has around 300 applicants each year out of which 15-20 people are accepted. Here artists are educated to qualify to work nationally as well as internationally. At the moment there are 70 students at the Academy of Fine Arts. Focus is on individual artistic expression, on art's critical potential and on a wide variety of philosophies, cultures and expressions. Collaborations across countries and cultural borders are an obvious part of the programme and the academy has several internationally active artists as guest teachers.

Humlab-X was started in 2012 as a part of Humlab. Humlab is located at Campus Umeå and is a meeting place for the humanities, culture and information technology in a creative environment. The digital medium is not just a tool it's also an arena, a form of expression and a study object. Humlab has many cooperation partners around Sweden and the rest of the world. At the moment Humlab is involved in a research project that will go on for several years - Media Places - together with Stanford University (USA) and Lund University. Humlab has contributed to the fact that Umeå University is now a strong player within the field of digital humanities and culture.

Bildmuseet is a place for experiences, reflection and discussion. The museum exhibits international contemporary art and visual culture, including art historical retrospectives. Existential, political and philosophical issues are key to the programme. The exhibitions are complemented by artist talks, lectures, films and other events. Workshops and educational activities are designed to inspire creativity. Bildmuseet has established itself as one of the country's most interesting venues for contemporary art ans visual culture. The museum collaborates with artists and art institutions all over the world and received a Special Commendation from the European Museum of the Year.

At Umeå Arts Campus the business incubator 'Sliperiet' opened in 2014. It is meant to work as an incubator for the service sector and new businesses. 'Sliperiet' will also be a meeting place for researchers, students, trade and industries as well as public organisations. This is where students will be able to bring their business ideas, researchers will be able to hold seminars and businesses and organisations will be able to get help with problems. In addition 'Sliperiet' will serve as a workshop in the borderland between the digital and the physical.