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
universityadmissions.se 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
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 universityadmissions.se. Upload your
documentation of your previous studies and your English language
skills at universityadmissions.se.
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
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,
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
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
What study backgrounds do most IDI students
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.