Individual Study Plan in Design

This specialisation has no intake autumn semester 2022.

An individual study plan offers you the opportunity to specialise within the field of design. You prepare yourself for designing products, services, systems, and experiences, while exploring complex social challenges, often in collaboration with others.

This specialisation has no intake autumn semester 2022.

We approach design by thinking its products in terms of processes rather than as static things. This approach allows for considering socio-ecological dimensions of design and their relations to humans and other-than-humans.
We view design as a way of engaging in, challenging, understanding and changing worlds by making propositions in particular situations. 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 bigger and radical 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.

The programme contains courses that provide 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. You will pursue your studies mainly in the form of projects and courses that can support your individual approach. You will be working in studios, workshops, laboratories and in society at large.

This direction offers you preparations for both professional careers as well as further studies at doctoral level.


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.

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 of Master of Fine Arts in Design

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:
Admissions Office
+46 8 450 41 77

For more information about the programme, please contact:
Professor Martin Avila

Degree projects Individual Study Plan in Design
admissions@konstfack.se2020    2019    2018    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

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