Higher education in the arts is integrated in the government funded system of university and university college education. It is free of charge, and students’ grants and loans are provided by the government. Artistic education programmes are offered at several of the country’s universities and university colleges. These are typically organized as separate departments, often included in the faculties of humanities, but e.g. at the University of Gothenburg and Lund University, as a separate faculty. Most of the universities and university colleges that offer teacher training, educate arts and crafts teachers for the school system. Design and media related education is represented in most universities and university colleges, and has expanded considerably in the last two decades. Courses in creative writing are established at a few universities. A few universities also provide doctoral post-graduate education in the fine arts, and the Swedish Research Council offers grants specifically for projects in artistic research.
At four university colleges in Stockholm, only artistic education is offered: the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack), the Royal University College of Fine Arts (Kungliga Konsthögskolan), the Royal College of Music (Kungliga musikhögskolan), and Stockholm University of the Arts (Stockholms konstnärliga högskola). On January 1, 2014, the University College of Dance and Circus, the University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre, and the University College of Opera merged into the new Stockholm University of the Arts (Stockholms konstnärliga högskola).