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
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