Master's Programme in Design Ecologies

120 credits, full-time studies, daytime

At our programme, we see Design Ecologies as the sum of the relationships enabled through design. We educate design practitioners to complement living systems and affirm social and biological diversity. With emphasis on communication through three-dimensional artefacts, our students advance formgiving communication to complement other forms of knowledge, exploring complex challenges, often in collaboration with others.   

Hanna Turesson Bernehed, ”Åker”. Photo: Hanna Turesson

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Applications for entry in autumn 2022 are closed

Important dates

1 December 2021: Online application ( and portal to upload applicant assignment ( open.

17 January 2022:
Application and applicant assignment deadline.

1 February 2022: Qualifications to certify the entry requirements, and payment of application fee or certification of fee exempt status must have reached University Admissions.

February/March 2022: Assessment of applicant assignments + prospective interviews.

7 April 2022: Notification of selection results (

29 August 2022: Course start

At the Master Design Ecologies, we build community and a learning culture by a rich network of supportive faculty and professional guests that encourage experimentation, self-leadership, and participation. On artistic grounds and through embodied and material knowledge we collectively explore the possibilities of existing and alternative socio-ecological realities that can lead to new sustainable ways of living.

We pursue a design-driven critical ecoliteracy. Being ecoliterate means understanding the principles of organization of ecological communities and using those principles to create sustainable communities. We understand designed products as dynamic entities that affect and support or interrupt myriad forms of life, and we regard something as sustainable if it enables further life.

Our education prepares design students to collaborate with others by communicating through design. At the Master Design Ecologies students have the opportunity to challenge and deepen their own professional practice in relation to the main field of study, and a wider social and ecological context. The programme prepares students 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 social and ecological issues. We also evaluate craftsmanship and technical proficiency (including ability to digitally model/visualize in 3D).

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 social and ecological 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


Maria Pita Guerreiro, "Mycelium Millennium". Photo: Maria Pita Guerreiro

Applicant assignment for the 2022 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 indicate which sections you have created and your role in them.

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.

To be able to assess your way of working it is required that you present the process of making 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 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 Ecologies.

Tell us how you want to develop and what you want to study in greater depth. What are your expectations of 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

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.