Department for Textiles; Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts
and Design, Stockholm:
Postal address: Institutionen för
Textil, Konstfack, Box 3601, SE-126 27 Stockholm, Sweden Visiting address: LM Ericssons väg 14, Telefonplan,
Hägersten Web page:http://www.konstfack.se
Alyhr, Senior Lecturer & Textile Artist & Department administrator Ädellab , phone: +46 (0)8 450 4270
Konstfack, founded in 1844, is unique among Swedish art
schools in offering both arts, craft, design, and art teacher education.
Konstfack is an institute of higher education run by the Swedish state.
The study programmes are between three and five years and lead to BA and
It has 10 departments; • Animation & Animated Film; •
Art Teacher Training; • Ceramics and Glass; • Fine Arts (Photography,
Painting, Sculpture, and Curator Programme); • Graphic Design &
Illustration; • Industrial Design; • Interior Architecture
and Furniture Design; • Metal Design; • Textiles; and •
Colour & Form. All departments are housed in the Konstfack building
in Stockholm, with one exception: The Department of Animation and Animated
Film is located in the small town of Eksjö.
Collaboration with India:
Konstfack has a global network of partner universities.
There are co-operation agreements with around 60 schools in 26 countries,
including National Institute of Design (NID),
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, which is the main design school in India; its
250 or so undergraduate and graduate students come from all over the country,
are generally very bright, and usually end up in influential positions.
NID is also conected to design centres at the celebrated Institutes of
Technology in Mumbai, Delhi and Guwahati.
Already in 1994-95 Tania Alyhr
spent time as a guest teacher in Ahmedabad, funded by a grant given from
the Swedish Council for the
Renewal of Higher Education (Rådet för
högre utbildning, an institution established by the Swedish
Parliament in 1990, to support the development of teaching and learning
in undergraduate education. Later on the mission was broadened to include
From 2002 Konstfack was formally involved in collaboration
with NID for some years through the Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme. Grants have made
it possible to send 1-2 teachers and 2 students from the Textiles department
to the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad every year, and an equal
number of Indian teachers and students to come to Konstfack in Stockholm for a period of 5 years. Tania Alyhr gave numerous lectures during these years, and taught as a guest lecturer in Ahmedabad. More
information on the South Asia related Linnaeus Palme grants in 2004.