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MFA in Advanced Product Design

Masters programme, 120 ECTS-credits

As innovation and new technologies become more significant in the design process, the industrial designer's role as coordinator of the problem solving process is becoming more important. The increasing complexities and demands for multi-disciplinary teamwork in the product development process demand a more holistic approach, which is one of the modern industrial designers' greatest attributes, and the basis for the Advanced Product Design Programme.

The Advanced Product Design Programme

The Advanced Product Design Programme is a solution-driven education that focuses on the advanced treatment of design - using user studies, problem identification and analysis, new technologies and materials, and above all, an emphasis on innovative and new thinking - to find the best possible solution for a given problem or identified design opportunity.

A future technological perspective is often adopted in the program's term and degree projects, offering students and external collaborative partners opportunities to explore converging technologies together with new user and market scenarios, and develop a variety of conceptual solutions, based on a solid foundation of professional tools, and analytical and creative work methods.

The philosophy of the program is to combine the knowledge and insights of today's hard-core product design with the possibilities that arise when applying both the physical and digital technology of tomorrow, induced with an universal approach and respect for human and nature that characterize the Scandinavian design tradition. With this as a starting point, the next generation of industrials designers have all the possibilities at hand to build new knowledge and to broaden the scope of product related functionality and experiences.

Why study Advanced Product Design at Umeå?

By Pete Avondoglio, Professor Emeritus and Senior Advisor

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  • Recent Acknowledgements

    2016 iF: Rebecca Daum, Jens Rehammar, Sebastian Aumer, Jost Siebert & Darja Wendel, Cindy Sjöblom, Aaron Wansch, Jacob Dawod, Rik Oudenhoven.
    2016 Red Dot: Jens Rehammar, Alexander Turesson, Cindy Sjöblom, Rebecca Daum.
    2016 Core77: Thibault Moussanet, James Skeggs, Jon Sommarström, Jenny Holmsten, Anna-Maria Schneider, Darja Wendel & Jost Siebert, Zihao Wang, William van Beek, Alexander Turesson, Marc Saboya Feliu, Rik Oudenhoven & Daan Hekking, Anders Sandström, Franziska Heuck & Alieen Kassing, Jakob Dawod.
    2016 Spark: Marc Saboya.
    2016 Innovation By Design: Carlos Arturo Torres.
    2016 Interaction Design Awards: Janis Beinerts & Sebastian Aumer (with IxDs Trieuvy Luu and Lars Sundelin).
    2016 Netexplo: Carlos Arturo Torres.

    2015 Michael Treschow scholarship: Lina Trulsson.
    2015 Spark Awards: Sebastian Gier.
    2015 Red Dot: Janis Beinerts and Sebastian Aumer (with IxDs Trieuvy Luu and Lars Sundelin), Alexander Turesson and Cindy Sjöblom.
    2015 IDEA: Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, Andreas Enebrand, Janis Beinerts.
    2015 iF Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar and Martin Edlund, Anton Hoffman, Alexander Turesson, Janis Beinerts, Rebecca Daum.
    2015 Core77 Alexander Turesson and Cindy Sjöblom, Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, Janis Beinerts and Sebastian Aumer (with IxDs Trieuvy Luu and Lars Sundelin).

  • Facts & Figures

    12 nationalities. The APD programme currently has students representing: Austria, China, Germany, Latvia, New Zealand, Romania, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey and United Kingdom.

  • Recent internships

    Atlas Copco, Sweden. Designworks, USA. Electrolux, Sweden. Frog, Italy. HOWL, Sweden. IDEO, USA. KISKA, Austria. Laerdal Medical, Norway. Minimal, USA. Miniwiz, Taiwan. Native, UK. NOKIA, USA and Finland. Philips Healthcare, The Netherlands. Philips Consumer Products, The Netherlands. Smart Design, USA. Swift Creatives, USA. Teams Design, Shanghai. Veryday, Sweden. 

  • Online application

    October 16 - January 15
    Application period for 
    MFA programmes and one-year course Industrial Design Intensive