Frequently asked questions

Industrial Design Intensive

Below are some of the most common questions we receive about our education. You will also find useful practical information about studying in Sweden and Umeå in the Umeå University Student Handbook and Study in Sweden web site.

How do I apply to the IDI course?
Application is done in two steps. Step 1 is through and step 2 is the home assignment, reached through UID website.
We do not assess portfolios in the application process to this course. More information is found here.

Can I apply to more than one UID education?
Yes, you can apply to several educations (programmes and courses) that you are interested in at the same time. After you have selected the programmes or courses you are interested in applying to, the next step is to rank them in your order of preference. This means that the study programme or course you are most interested in must be given priority 1, your second priority 2, and so on. Applications to our MA programmes are often also advised to submit an application for IDI, since it provides a very good preparation for MA studies.

Do I need to send in a portfolio?
No, we do not review portfolios.

Where do I send my application?
Your application is done on-line via Upload your documentation of your previous studies and your English language skills at Address for documents you cannot upload is University Admissions in Sweden, R 312, SE-106 53 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Your home assignment has to be sent by regular post to Umeå Institute of Design.
Last day to apply is January 15.

Read more about how to submit supporting documents here!

Can I apply after January 15?
Yes, you can apply after January 15 but this means that your application will be considered as late application. We will first process all applications made in time and then if there still are study places available, we will process the late applications according to the date they have been made, "first-come-first-served".

Can you review my portfolio?
No, we do not review portfolios.

Am I qualified for IDI studies?
Entry requirements are a minimum of 1 year of full-time university studies (60 credits), in any subject area (not necessarily design related). You must also prove that you have necessary skills in English, and you must fulfil the basic requirements for admission to higher studies. Please see the information on our homepage.

Do I need to take a language test?
If you can prove through transcripts of records that you have conducted a certain amount of previous education in English, you do not need to provide a language test. For specifics, please see check the University Admissions website for information about this. English proficiency equivalent to English B/6 from Swedish upper secondary education is required for studies at UID. Questions about language test should be addressed to

How can I prepare for industrial design studies?
Preparing for the application by taking additional skills courses is a good plan. We would suggest that you take basic courses in sketching, and that you also prepare by looking into (and practicing) the areas of visual communication and ideation/creative techniques.

What study backgrounds do most IDI students have?
The applicants to the IDI course have very varied backgrounds. Some have previous industrial design studies behind them, and several come from various engineering backgrounds. The majority of students have no industrial design background at all, but come from totally different areas: business administration, political science, business economics, architecture, fashion design, interior design, literature studies, language studies, psychology, human factors and ergonomics and so on.

Are there any tuition fees?
Students from European countries within the EU/EES do not pay tuition fees at all, since they are covered by Swedish government grants. Overseas students (non EU/EES) are required to pay a tuition fee of SEK 270 000 (≈ €28 700 or $ 38 800) per study year. Read more about it here.

Do you have any scholarships that I can apply for?
Umeå Institute of Design aim is to offer full or substantial fee reduction for non-EU/EES students. Upon acceptance, non-EU/EES students can be offered this possibility of fee reduction, or - if applicable - a scholarship. UID does not take financial status into consideration during the review and admission process, but bases acceptance of students on talent only. Information from Umeå University about scholarship

Do you accept exchange students?
Yes, we accept students on exchange programmes to IDI. Eligibility for application to Exchange studes can be found here.

Do I receive a diploma in industrial design after IDI studies?
Upon completing the course, you will receive a course certificate. IDI is a one-year intensive introductory course (not a programme), and does not give a degree in industrial design itself, but it can be included in a Higher Education Diploma. The course prepares the student for either working and collaborating with industrial designers, or within the area of industrial design, or for pursuing an MA or BA education in the field of industrial design.

Can I apply to MA educations in industrial design after IDI studies?
Yes, you can apply to both BA and MA educations in the design field. The IDI education provides the students with an insight into methods and skills central to the industrial design field, and you can definitely apply to design educations after completing the course. However,  it is necessary that the student already holds a BA degree (in any previous subject) in order to be admitted to an MA education. If your goal is an MA degree after IDI studies, please inform yourself on exam and degree details at the university where you plan to study after IDI.

Will I be accepted to MA programmes at UID after IDI studies?
You will not be guaranteed a study place on any other programme or course at UID. All students apply for study places in competition with all other applicants.

To which educations have graduated IDI students been accepted?
Former IDI students have been accepted to the BA Industrial Design Programme, the MA programmes in Interaction Design, Transportation Design and Advanced Product Design at Umeå Institute of Design. Other IDI students have been accepted to the MA programme Formgiving Intelligence at Konstfack (Sweden), The Interaction Design programme at CIID (Denmark), MA programmes at Borås School of Textiles (Sweden), MA Strategic Design at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Master programme in design at the HDK School of Design and Crafts (Sweden), Design Academy Eindhoven (the Netherlands), and MA in Integrated Design at Köln International School of Design (Germany), to name a few.