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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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Thomas Degn
Thomas Degn
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+46 90 786 77 41
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  • Online application

    October 17 - January 15
    Application period for 
    MFA programmes and one-year course Industrial Design Intensive

     

  • APD Internships 2012/13

    Frog, Germany. Google, USA. IDEO, USA. LEGO, Denmark. Forpeople, UK. Lunar Design, USA. Husqvarna, Sweden. Atlas Copco, Sweden. Teague, USA. Harman International, China. Designit, Denmark, Germany and Norway. Toyota Boshoku, Japan.

  • Facts & Figures

    13 nationalities. The APD programme currently has students representing Austria, Canada, Colombia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Romania, Sweden, The Netherlands and Turkey.