Individual Study Plan in Design

120 credits, full-time studies, daytime

An individual study plan offers you the opportunity to specialise within the field of design through in-depth studies and personal development. You prepare yourself for the design of products, systems, services, or for experiences. Explore complex social challenges in collaboration with others. This direction offers you preparations for both professional careers as well as further studies at doctoral level.


We view design as a way of engaging in, challenging, understanding and changing the world. The relations between people, other creatures, things, actions and contexts are fundamental to design work. It results in both an understanding of what is experienced as meaningful, and in formulated propositions for changes. This demands a great capacity for cooperation in dealing with complex issues.

We view design as an explorative approach in which different kinds of attitudes and methods are needed. Today and in the future the work of the designer is multifaceted and involves something that at times leads to smaller and gradual changes, at times radical and revolutionary ones. Irrespective of which, the capacity for critical reflection on the consequences for those affected both directly and indirectly in the short and long term is required. Continual training in this way of thinking will be given during this Master's programme.

Initially the programme contains certain compulsory courses that provide broad experience of different approaches and methods that will help to develop your own capacity to understand create and make decisions.

Your specialisation begins with the declaration of intent that you submit with your application. This will be developed during the first semester's discussions with the teachers. After that there will be a great deal of choice in which you will be offered supervision with a clear focus on different aspects of the design process. You will pursue your studies mainly in the form of projects and individual courses and you will be working in studios, workshops, laboratories and in society at large.

Specific requirements
Bachelor's degree of Fine Arts in Design (equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits), or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6/English B. Read more about requirements and selection here.

Selection
The selection is made on artistic grounds and is based on assessment of artistic portfolio, declaration of intent, and interview. Read more about requirements and selection here.

The selection process takes place in two stages. The first stage involves the work samples and statement of intent submitted by the applicant being assessed on the basis of their ability to express themselves artistically and to adopt an investigative and reflective attitude, in relation to societal issues. We also evaluate technical proficiency and craftsmanship.

In the second stage, a number of applicants are invited to an interview where the applicant’s motivation for undertaking the programme, ability to reflect on their own artistic attitudes and their relationship to societal issues are discussed in relation to the previously submitted work samples and declaration of intent. The final assessment is set out following the interview.

Language of instruction
All teaching, tutoring and examinations are in English.

Degree
Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Design


Applicant assignment for the 2018 autumn admission

Your portfolio must be submitted digitally according to the instructions below. The samples of your work must describe results from studies and/or works that you want to refer to. If any sample is not completely your own work, this must be made clear and you must clearly indicate which sections you have created.

Your application must include the following three (3) compulsory sections:


1. Your own selection of works

Send us documentation of works that you have produced on your own. You can also present work that has been done in a group, if you specify precisely what your contribution has been.

You may have produced the works during your Bachelor’s programme, an internship or while you have been working professionally. You may also include sketches, paintings and/or sculptures if you want to.

For us to be able to assess your way of working from the beginning to the final proposal it is required that you present your way of working for at least three (3) of the works that you submit. You may, for example, present different types of sketches (some need to be made by hand), renderings created with a computer, studies, photographs of models, models tested in context, films and/or other images that show how the final proposal evolved. Explain them with captions in which you describe, for instance, starting points, intentions, task, and other aspects of your thought processes during your work.

All of the samples you present should be assembled to form one PDF file of no more than twenty (20) pages in A3 landscape format.  Arrange your sketches, drawings, photographs and films etc. on these pages. (Films should be represented in your portfolio by one image from the film and its title. The actual films are submitted as separate files.)

The first page must contain a table of contents covering every work in the portfolio. The table of contents should offer a clear summary of the samples of your work submitted with thumbnail images for each of them. The table of contents is used by the selection panel when the applicant assignments are discussed.

Give your PDF file a name using the following format “Surname-Forename-1.pdf”.


2. Declaration of intent
In your declaration of intent you describe why you want to attend the Master’s programme in Design's specialisation Individual Study Plan in Design.

Tell us what you want to develop and study in greater depth. What are your expectations on Konstfack? What kind of work do you think you will be doing after graduating, what kind of context would you like to belong to?

Do not hesitate to raise any questions you may have about the programme that you would like to ask if you are called for an interview.

Write about two (2) A4 pages, i.e. between 2,000 and 4,000 characters including spaces.

Give your PDF file a name using the following format “Surname-Forename-2.pdf”.


3. List of experience, education, employment, etc. (CV)
Submit a CV in which you list previous education, work-experience and other information that you think is interesting in your application to us.

Give your PDF file a name using the following format “Surname-Forename-3.pdf”.


Technical specifications
If we are going to be able to assess your portfolio correctly, it is important that you comply with these technical specifications.

File format: PDF.
These must not be password protected nor force the presentation into full screen.

Moving images
In addition to the PDF files, you may also submit moving images with a total length of no more than 15 minutes.

Use one of the following formats for moving images: MOV, MP4 or AVI

The films must be compressed using H-264 compression.

Single files should not be larger than 100 MB. In total your portfolio must not exceed 500 MB.

Give the files with films names using the format “Surname-Forename-4.mpg”, “Surname-Forename-5. mpg” and so on.

The movie's title, format and length should be stated on the first content page.

Summary, this is to be submitted:

Three (3) PDF files.

1. One PDF file containing samples of your work that comprises no more than 20 pages in A3 landscape format.

Give this PDF file a name using the format “Surname-Forename-1.pdf”.

2. One PDF file containing your declaration of intent that consists of about two (2) pages in A4 portrait format.

Give this PDF file a name using the format “Surname-Forename-2.pdf”.

3. One PDF file with your CV in A4 portrait format. Give this PDF file a name using the format “Surname-Forename-3.pdf”.

And optional moving images.

1. Apply at universityadmissions.se

 

2. Submit the applicant assignment to konstfack.se

Important dates

1 December 2017: Online application (universityadmissions.se) and portal to upload applicant assignment (konstfack.se) open.

15 January 2018:
Application and applicant assignment deadline.

1 February 2018: Qualifications to certify the entry requirements, and payment of application fee or certification of fee exempt status must have reached University Admissions.

February/March 2018: Assessment of applicant assignments + prospective interviews.

6 April 2018: Notification of selection results (universityadmissions.se).

3 September 2018: Course start.


Read about application and tuition fees for students from outside the EU/EEA.


More information

If you have questions about how to apply, please contact:
Student Office
Protected address
+46 8 450 41 77

For more information about the programme, please contact:
Professor Bo Westerlund
Protected address


Degree projects Individual Study Plan in Design
2017   2016

Degree projects Industrial Design
2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   2006

Degree projects InSpace
2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   2006

Degree projects Experience Design
2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008


Programme Syllabus

Programme Syllabus for the Master's Programme in Design.pdf
(will be revised by 2018)

Course descriptions
Course descriptions for the Master's Programme in Design - Individual Study Plan in Design
(will be revised by 2018)

Course Syllabi
Course Syllabi for the Master's Programme in Design - Individual Study Plan in Design
(will be revised by 2018)

Updated: 7 January 2015
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