Umeå Institute of Design provides five academic programmes
and two one-year courses focusing exclusively on industrial design
and related specializations. Programmes range from Bachelor's to
Master's and Doctoral levels. We offer highly competitive,
professional and international industrial design educational
programmes supported by exceptional technical facilities and
The Institute is organised within the Faculty of Science and
Technology at Umeå University.
The Institute offers a three-year Industrial Design
Programme leading to a Bachelor's degree worth 180
This programme is run in Swedish, and is open to all Nordic and
international students who understand Swedish and speak Swedish or
a Scandinavian language.
At Master's levels there are three internationally oriented and
specialized two-year programmes leading to a Master's degree
comprising 120 ECTS-credits.
The three disciplines are:
The master programmes are run in English and are open to
international students. Students from the European Union and the
Nordic countries do not pay tuition fees.
Single Subject Courses
Umeå Institute of Design gives two one-year course packages, Industrial Design
Introduction on basic level, and Design Connections on advanced leve.
We also offer a number of shorter single subject courses in
industrial design and related topics, both within other study
programmes at Umeå University and open for all students.
Umeå Institute of Design is one of Sweden's few design education
environments that provides doctoral education in industrial design.
PhD programme is run in English, and is open to international
students with an MA degree in industrial design, or equivalent
competence. PhD students do not pay tuition fees, irrespective of
Students from all over the world are currently enrolled in our
Masters programmes creating a unique blend of creative energy and
Currently we have students from 29 countries including Norway,
Canada, Denmark, UK, India, Turkey, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil,
Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Korea, China, Germany and USA.
More than half of the MA students come from other countries than
Sweden. About 30% of all our students are women.
Cooperation with the Industry
In all programmes and courses, Umeå Institute of Design
cooperates regularly with a number of companies and organizations
including Saab, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Nokia, ABB,
Electrolux, Komatsu, Husqvarna and Umeå Municipality, several of
which are also strongly involved with our research programmes.