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. You prepare yourself for designing products, services, systems, and experiences, while exploring complex social challenges, often in collaboration with others.  

Suhrewng Kim, Individual Study Plan in Design, graduated in 2019.

Applications for entry in autumn 2021 are closed 

Important dates

1 December 2020: Online application ( and portal to upload applicant assignment ( open.

15 January 2021:
Application and applicant assignment deadline.

1 February 2021: Qualifications to certify the entry requirements, and payment of application fee or certification of fee exempt status must have reached University Admissions.

February/March 2021: Assessment of applicant assignments + prospective interviews.

9 April 2021: Notification of selection results (

30 August 2021: Course start

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

Applicant assignment for the 2021 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.