Higher education in the arts is integrated in the government funded university and university college system. 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 organised as separate departments, often included in the faculties of humanities, but at the University of Gothenburg as a separate faculty. Most of the larger teachers’ colleges educate arts and crafts teachers for the general education system. Design and media related education is represented in most universities and university colleges and has expanded considerably in the past decade. 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).
Government-supported (but often privately owned) arts and culture schools on the levels between the 12th grade and higher education exist all across the country. In 2006, over 800 people studied dance at this level and over 1 000 studied visual arts and sculpture. In many fields, these schools are, at least in practice, a necessary preparation for admission to university level arts education. This field also, to some extent, overlaps with popular education (folkbildning) especially in the case of folk high schools (folkhögskolor) focusing on aesthetic and artistic subjects.