International Master's Programme in Industrial Design - Design for All, 120 Credits


International Master's Programme in Industrial Design - Design for All, 120 Credits, 120 Credits

General data

  • Code: TDSAA
  • Cycle: Second cycle
  • Ref no: MIUN 2009/1512
  • Credits: 120
  • Answerable department: Design
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
  • Latest review: 6/27/2017
  • Version valid from: 7/30/2017


The aim of the programme is to provide in-depth expertise in terms of how to create design solutions that are long-term sustainable from environmental, social and economic perspectives. We tackle challenges from a Design for All perspective, where we work for a vision of a world where all people are able to participate and experience a high quality of life. By combining creativity, various problem-solving methodologies and a user-centred design process, we challenge current solutions with sustainable innovations.

Programme objectives


Knowledge and understanding
For a Master of Arts/Science (120 credits) the student shall have:
demonstrated knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including both broad knowledge of the field and a considerable degree of specialised knowledge in certain areas of the field as well as insight into current research and development work, and
demonstrated specialised methodological knowledge in the main field of study.

Competence and skills
For a Master of Arts/Science (120 credits) the student shall have:
demonstrated the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations even with limited information
demonstrated the ability to identify and formulate issues critically, autonomously and creatively as well as to plan and, using appropriate methods, undertake advanced tasks within predetermined time frames and so contribute to the formation of knowledge as well as the ability to evaluate this work
demonstrated the ability in speech and writing both nationally and internationally to report clearly and discuss his or her conclusions and the knowledge and arguments on which they are based in dialogue with different audiences, and
demonstrated the skills required for participation in research and development work or autonomous employment in some other qualified capacity.

Judgement and approach
For a Master of Arts/Science (120 credits) the student shall have:
demonstrated the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues and also to demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work
demonstrated insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
demonstrated the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for his or her ongoing learning.


Knowledge and understanding
The students shall:
- be able to implement knowledge of long-term environmental, social and economic effects in their design solutions
- be able to design innovative solutions for human well-being by critically evaluating, defining and formulating problems that are solved based on the needs of the most demanding user groups
- have knowledge of and be able to assess the relevance of different methodologies for user participation in the design process
- have knowledge of national and international laws and directives on inclusion and sustainability

Competence and skills
The students shall:
- demonstrate a critical and creative approach
- demonstrate great ethical and aesthetic independence
- demonstrate the ability to work methodically with users in the design process.
- demonstrate the ability to collaborate and exchange knowledge with other disciplines
- be able to lead and carry out projects according to vision, timetable and budget

Judgement and approach
The students shall:
- demonstrate the ability to, on a scientific level, search for and critically assess relevant information, follow the development and the discussions of the subject field and participate in exchange of knowledge.


Industrial Design BA (A):
Workshop Techniques, 1.5 Credits
Sketching and Modeling Techniques, 6 Credits

Industrial Design MA:
Creativity and Problem Solving Methodology, 7.5 Credits
User Centered Design for All Process I, 7.5 Credits
User Centered Design for All Process II, 7.5 Credits
Sustainable Design I, 7.5 Credits
Sustainable Design II, 7.5 Credits
Aestethics, 7.5 Credits
Research Process, 7.5 Credits
Form and Light, 7.5 Credits
Multidisciplinary and International Orientation, 7.5 Credits
Project I, 7.5 Credits
Project II, 7.5 Credits
Master Thesis, 30 Credits

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor in Industrial Design, or Degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering, of at least 180 Credits, or equivalent, with at least 60 Credits (60 ECTS) in Industrial Design. Successful completion of the work sample.
English course 5/English course A from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or the equivalent.

Description of programme

Design for All is a vision of a world where all people can participate and experience a high quality of life. We see that a big asset is that each person is unique. In our master's programme in Design for All, we take these differences as starting point and have developed methods, which take human diversity into account throughout the design process. These methods have proven to be very effective in developing innovative and sustainable design solutions.

As a student in Design for All, you become part of a programme in which we emphasise on:

Creativity and Problem Solving Methodologies
Throughout the design process, we apply advanced methods to understand the essence of the problem and define its structure. We examine the relevant systems and different ways to include external knowledge.

User-Centred Design for All Process
When we develop new solutions for human well-being, we always question and analyse existing solutions based on the needs of the most demanding user groups. We involve the target groups in a deliberate manner to secure the facts at every step of the design process. We also have a research lab where you can examine the mental and physical reactions to the experience of different design solutions.

Sustainability Impact.
The program puts special emphasis on the long-term environmental, social and economic impact of different design solutions. The goal is to reach and implement lifecycle ethics while at the same time taking diversity, fairness, democracy and quality of life issues into account.

Artistic Development
During your education you will be able to develop your artistic capabilities through profound studies in aesthetics, form and light.

Multidisciplinary and International Orientation
We work closely with other disciplines, Design for All networks, organizations, industries, institutions and authorities locally, nationally and internationally.

After the Education
Specialists in this field are unique and demanded, which means you have great chances to jobs in larger companies, design agencies or as a teacher. You will also have the knowledge to run or participate in multidisciplinary research and development projects in the area.
To run your own consulting business is another option.

Selection rules and procedures

Alternative selection, see heading "Other information".

Programme with restricted admissions

Specific entry requirements for each course in the programme are stated in the course syllabus.

The requirements to proceed to the different courses in the programme are likewise stated in the syllabus of each course.

Teaching and examination

The type of instruction and examination is stated in the course syllabus.
The instruction, which is given in the form of full time studies, consists of lectures, classes, seminars, laboratory sessions, and project works, there may also be distributed, flexible types of instruction.
Seminars, laboratory sessions and project works are compulsory.

The programme courses are examined through written exams, compulsory theoretical assignments, projects, laboratory sessions as well as a degree project of 30 Credits.

The student receives a grade for each course in the programme, for grading scale see course syllabus.

Title of qualification

Degree of Master of Arts/Science (120 credits)

Masterexamen med huvudområdet industridesign, translated into Degree of Master of Arts (120 credits) with a major in Industrial Design.

Other information

Alternative selection:
The selection to the programme is made, among those who meet the entry requirements, based on the results of the work sample. The work sample consists of two components; one where the artistic ability is tested and one where the ability to a scientific and analytic approach is tested. The work sample consists in part of a home assignment which is sent out to the applicant to solve, and in part of the applicant’s portfolio. All of which is to be sent digitally by e-mail.

During the length of the programme the name of the course, its content, level, number of credits and placement in time may be subject to changes.

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