Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

The Iceland Academy of the Arts

Founded in 1998

Head of institution

Rector Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson

Visiting Address

Skipholt 1, IS-105 Reykjavik, Iceland

Phone +354 552 4000

Fax +354 562 3629



Design and Architecture: Skipholt 1, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Programs: architecture, graphic design, product design and fashion design.
Department of Music, Department of Theatre: Sölvhólsgata 13, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. Programs: music performance (instrument/voice), musicology, music education, composition, acting performance, theory and practice, contemporary dance.
Department of Fine Arts: Laugarnesvegur 91, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland. Programs: fine arts

Cumulus Contact person

International Coordinator Alma Ragnarsdóttir
Skipholt 1, IS-105 Reykjavik
Phone +354 545 2205, Fax +354 526 3629
E-mail alma[at]

Contact person for inquiries on study programs

Ms. Björg Jóna Birgisdóttir
Director of Academy Offices

Other contact persons



The role of the Iceland Academy of the Arts (IAA) is to encourage progressive thinking in the arts and to stimulate innovation and development in different fields.

International role

The IAA has established bilateral agreements with many European institutions through the Erasmus program, as well as collaborating closely with other Nordic Institutions of higher education in art and design.

National role

The Academy offers education in the arts at the university level and conveys both knowledge and professionalism in the arts to Icelandic society.

Main focus

Art and Design


Faculties and departments

Faculty of Fine Art
Faculty of Design and Architecture
Faculty of Theatre
Faculty of Music

Bachelor level programs

3-year B.A. level
Bachelor in Architecture
Bachelor in Fashion Design
Bachelor in Procuct Design
Bachelor in Graphic Design
Bachelor in Instrument playing
Bachelor in Composition
Bachelor in Music Education
Bachelor in Acting
Bacehlor in Theatre and Practice
Bachelor in Contemporary Dance

Master level programs

No 2-year masters yet (but planned to be launched in 2008).
One-year master in Art Education (Faculty of Fine Art)



Subject areas for exchange students

Contemporary Dance
Design: product design, graphic design, fashion design
fine arts
theatre studies

Application deadlines

Autumn semester 15 April
Spring semester 1 November

Teaching languages

Icelandic, unless the teacher is a guest teacher from abroad in which case the language would be English.

Semester dates

August 20 – December 15
January 5 – May 15

Cost of living per month (studying and living)

95.000 ISK



  • Bachelor: 380-400
  • Master: 3-5
  • Doctorate: n/a

Exchange students

  • 40 incoming
  • 20-35 outgoing
  • n/a other (continuing education, post-experience courses, other)

Teaching staff

  • n/a Professors
  • n/a Lecturers
  • 37 Other permanent teachers
  • 250 Part-time teachers