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MFA Programme in Design, 120 hec

The objective of this programme is to advance your creative and artistic skills in generating complex design proposals and alternative methods and approaches in design. Central to our programme is the discursive reflections on design practice informed by a broad perspective on design, beyond the specialist perspectives of the traditional design disciplines. Our programme includes students from different design backgrounds, for example industrial designers, product designers, graphic designers and interior designers.

The practical projects, often explorative and experimental, are the core of the courses that make up the programme. In many courses you will formulate your own project brief based on your special field of interest. Tutors representing different design specialities will support you in your practical work. You will do projects both on your own and together with peers. At times we prescribe an over-arching theme, or we set up projects in collaboration with organizations outside school.

One of the key aims of the programme is to give an insight into the academic discipline of design as an area for research and development. All the courses of the programme contain seminars, text reading and writing assignments that connect to your project outcomes and reflections on your practical work. Discussions often begin at an individual starting point and extend into a broader perspective informed by for example the social sciences and the humanities. A special focus of our discussions is the role of design in shaping the material things of our world, and how people confer meaning on material things in order to understand the social and cultural world we live in. In connection to this perspective we take a closer look on alternative ways of working as a designer.

When finally you have completed your studies you will be able to work – depending on your specialty competence – as a designer in most of the traditional fields of the design industry. In addition, you will have an informed and critical perspective on design that will support you in finding new arenas and alternative actions as a designer in promoting a sustainable way a living on this earth.


The programme can lead to a Degree of Master of Fine Arts, 2 years, in Design.

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Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:

To qualify you will need a Bachelor's degree in Design of at least 180 higher education credits. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


At the latest January 15, you have to register on-line at www.universityadmissions. se and send all required documents to University Admissions according to the instructions on www.universityadmissions.se, at the latest February 2. In order to process your application; you will also have to submit a portfolio/CV/letters of intent for this programme. Please notice, that we only accept digital portfolios/CV/ letters of intent. You are supposed to upload your portfolio on HDK's web platform according to specific instructions for each programme. For further instructions about how to make your portfolio and a link to the platform, please check www.hdk.gu.se. Applicants will be selected after evaluation of all material. Interviews are conducted if considered necessary.

MFA Programme in Design, 120 hec
Start Full/part time Apply
Autumn 2015 Day, 100 % Closed
Who can apply: This admission round is open for all international students and especially those in need of a residence permit/visa before they come to Sweden.
CITY: Göteborg
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 392 600 SEK
First payment 98 150 SEK
Application and tuition fees does not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se


Autumn 2015

Application deadline 15 Jan

GU-15094 Day, 100 %

Application details and tuition fee

Study Guidance

Lena Collin, 031-786 1107, lena.collin@hdk.gu.se. Vid frågor om ansökan kontakta hdkadmission@hdk.gu.se.


School of Design & Crafts

Box 131 40530 Göteborg

Visiting address: Kristinelundsgatan 6 - 8

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