Design for Sustainable Co-Creation, 7,5 hp

Back to the Land 2.0: Reconnecting Urban and Rural through Food Systems

Back to the land 2.0 is a sustainable multi- disciplinary international design course about re-connecting urban actives with rural actives to further investigate ways to enhance food culture and security. Through a collaborative creative learning platform we will develop proposals to design for sustainable futures by supporting and learning together with local partners / communities engaged in food systems.

The on site week long program at Hjulsjö community offers hands-on experience where we craft and test small actions that effect change in larger cultural, economic and eco- systems. Working with, for example: soil fertility, ecological & economic  value, tactile & haptic food experience, biodiversity & food webs.

What are the social / economic drivers that support sustainable hubs in rural and urban situations?  How can poetic activism offer strategies for change toward more ecological cultural systems?   How can we engage and share in ecological- location-based sensory experiences connected to meal experience?

Konstfack is in partnership with:

  • John Thackara, a world – known design expert on sustainability development and social innovation and the director of the organization Doors of perception. More info:
  • Örebro University, Campus Grythyttan School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Meal Sciences, through Annika Göran Rodell and  Magnus Westling.

Corse Code: DIF004

Course content
The aim of this course is to introduce different approaches to design for sustainable development that addressed a live issue regarding food systems. The course will investigate ways to enhance food culture and security by supporting local food systems that connect aesthetic, social, ecological and economic factors. Design interventions will be developed collaboratively rooted in an understanding of local context and issues, and achieved with input from leading national and international experts /research leaders. The course includes a live workshop, in a rural region of Sweden, in which students, partners, experts and teachers from Sweden and internationally, share their experiences, and adapt models and approaches tested in local contexts. Leading up to this live workshop week, the course involves distance work through email and the course webpage, planned around three stages:

1) Preparatory individual work, with reference to literature, video lectures and web links.
2) Collaborative Workshop week on site in a Swedish village with investigations of sustainability with local partners, meetings and tutorials, including making & sharing in collective meal experiences.
3) Individual Reflection and Refinement with distance/online assignments and examinations that aim to re-connect the people living in urban centers with those in rural countryside.

Intended learning outcomes
Upon completing the course, the student must:
- demonstrate an ability to clearly present and discuss their designerly ideas, activities, prototypes and personal standpoint in dialogue with different groups.
-  demonstrate an ability to work with the five stages of Theory U-process.
-   be up-to-date on models and platforms being proposed to support the exchange between rural and urban constituencies.
-  create and take part in collective meal experiences with emphasis on haptic perception. -  create future design interventions and demonstrate ability to reflect on how the interventions can be continued in the longer term.

Entry requirements
At least 150 credits in design, within the field of Arts, Crafts and Design, including architecture and culinary arts; or 150 credits in natural sciences/humanities related to the theme of the course, or equivalent professional experience related to the theme of food systems and sustainability.

And proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English 6.

Selection: The selection is based on an overall assesment of the applicant´s previuos relevant workexperience in sustainable development and motivation. To upload/send in: 1 CV and motivational letter (maximum size 1 A4-paper)

Course period:
week 26-35

Study pace:
50% of full time studies

Course syllabus: DIF004 Design för sustainable co-creation 7,5 hp.pdf

Course description/Course schedule:
DIF004_description and schedule.pdf

Examination: will be updated soon

Language: The course is taught in English

Maximum amount of participants: 30-32

Course leader: Cheryl Akner Koler, Professor in Aesthetics at Konstfack, in collaboration with Rebecca  Deans & Jonas Lundin.

How to apply to Design for Sustainable Co-Creation!

When applying to Konstfack you submit an online application to the Swedish central application website ( for Swedish speaking applicants), and send qualifications to support the entry requirements to ( for Swedish speaking applicants).

For the selection/send in: 1 CV and motivational letter (maximum size 1 A4-paper) ( for Swedish speaking applicants).

Late Applications
Please note that late applications are processed if time permits and/or study places are available. Please note that late applicants are ranked by application date only.

Important dates

22 February: Online application (

15 March 2017:
Application deadline.

31 March 2017: Qualifications to certify the entry requirements, and payment of application fee or certification of fee exempt status must have reached University admission ( for Swedish speaking applicants)

Deadline to upload CV and Motivation letter for selection to University Admissions ( for Swedish speaking applicants)

2 May 2017: Notification of selection result at

Tuition fees and studying in Sweden
Students with citizenship in countries outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland are in general required to pay tuition fees. Read more about application and tuition fees here.

For information on studying in Sweden please visit

Please note that late applicants are ranked by application date only.

More information

Course leader: Cheryl Akner Koler, Professor in Aesthetics at Konstfack

Department: Department of Design, Interior Architecture and Visual Communication

More information: Anna Andreasson, 08-450 41 79, Skyddad adress

Uppdaterad: 31 januari 2017
Sidansvarig: Pia Schenkmanis Rämö