The first step in your creative career?

Preparatory courses in arts, design and architecture. For 12 years - with excellent results.

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Online art course

Scandinavian quality preparatory courses in visual arts, design and architecture

Scandinavian Design School helps you in applying to the college or university of your dreams. Our highly qualified teachers teach preparatory courses in arts, design and architecture with excellent results. Over 90% of our students have been admitted to bachelor's and master's degree programmes with Scandinavian Design School portfolios!

SDS online courses are made for you to succeed in applying to your choice of art, design or architecture bachelor’s and master’s degree studies, but are also helpful in creating your portfolio for professional use.

We help you stand out from the crowd with polished artworks and improved skills. In our classes, you get to practice your technical skills and conceptual thinking. Our goal is to make sure you will succeed throughout your career: applying to school, in classroom and navigating professional life.

How do our courses work?

SDS Testimonials & Results

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I took the Portfolio course to prepare for the entrance exam to Finnish universities and I'm really satisfied with it, especially:

- prompt and clear feedback from teachers who are expertised in the design field
- personalized study plan (In my case, they modified the content to fit my situation, as I only had a few months left to submit.)
- flexibility in contacting the teacher (email, call, zoom etc)

Thanks to the teacher and practices in advance, I got accepted to a Finnish university even though I had no previous experience studying design. If you are worried about the entrance exam or the portfolio, I recommend you to contact them once.
Janire Ferd
Janire Ferd
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It's really worth it! All the assignments the same as the real admission exams (some are previous year's) and you get to know what would they ask for, how you can improve your work and how you can approach the assignments in all the stages of the process. The content is well organized and sufficient, and I love that they show us how other students did the assignment so that we could also learn from it.
Evgenia Belova
Evgenia Belova
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This course (Aalto BA in Design preparation course) has become one of the best learning experiences for me. By the end of the course I have gotten a clear vision of what to expect from the preliminary and intake assignments and how to approach them. I got much more self-confident and understanding. Feedback I got from the teacher was honest, informative and constructive. What I appreciated the most is how the teacher has been leading us through the whole process of learning. It felt very personal and professional. She didn't restrict her advice to only the topic of the course, but has been very open and helpful in giving advice beyond the Aalto BA in Design. I would strongly recommend this course to everyone intending to apply to any design school.

Here to help you get in

Our goal is to help you get you where you want to be - be it an art school, design college or your first job as an architect, designer or artist.

Professional, Scandinavian-quality teaching

Finland is famous for great education. At Scandinavian Design School, we combine Scandinavian design expertise with world-class teaching as globally accessible online courses.

Proven methods to increase your chances of getting accepted

You’ll get the highest chances of getting into the art & design school of your dreams. Over 1000 of our students have proceeded into degree studies since 2009.

Improved technical and conceptual skills in arts and design

Learn to express your ideas in an inspiring way and get detailed feedback and personal tutoring to polish your art skills!

Start preparing for these college and university applications now!

Our courses are suitable for preparing for any arts, design and architecture college or university admissions. Here are some of our picks of top arts, design & architecture schools to consider as your first choice. The application period for these schools is approaching, so now is the moment to start preparing!

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Parsons School of Design at The New School

New York,
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Umeå School of Architecture

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Aalto University

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RMIT University

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we are your teachers

SDS teachers are experienced professionals passionate about arts, design and architecture education. We have been teaching in top universities and colleges and acted as jury members in entrance examination boards. Our goal is to help you get accepted onto your first choice of art & design college or university.

What our students say

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