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Between Design and Architecture, 15 hec

(Course code: FKADAR)


Second cycle


Between Design and Architecture is a post degree course treating buildings, and more specifically dwellings, as assemblages of objects, components and consumer goods. In response to current social, economic and environmental change the course seeks to understand and elaborate on the role of design within domesticity and the construction of living environments. It suggests an open approach to architecture as a broad and diverse field of design in which the foundational relationship between producer and user is rethought, remodeled and prototyped while the consequences to the broader society is mapped.

The course is structured around two assignments. One being an individual design project and the other a collaborative making-led research. Both assignments are running through the full length of the course. The teaching consists of a variety of individual tutoring, thematised seminar weeks, lectures, workshops and guest speakers. Scheduled course meetings will occur approximately once every other week, however sometimes for more than two consecutive days at a time.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:

At least 180 ECT credits in Design, Architecture or equivalent


The selection is based on an assessment of submitted work samples. Information and instructions regarding the work samples can be found under each course at www.hdk-valand.gu.se/english/education/courses. Submitting work samples is mandatory for a complete application.

Between Design and Architecture, 15 hec
Start Full/part time Period Apply
Spring 2020 50 % 20 Jan 2020 - 7 Jun 2020 Closed
Autumn 2020 Day, 50 % 31 Aug 2020 - 15 Jan 2021 Closed

Contact person

Samantha Hookway

Reading list and schedule

Before the start of the course, you will receive a welcome letter with a link to canvas.gu.se where you'll find course information such as reading list, schedule, etcetera.

Apply for the course starting autumn 2020

  1. Apply for the course on universityadmissions.se
    Application period: March 16 - April 15 2020
  2. Submit your portfolio through SlideRoom
    Period to submit portfolio: March 16 - April 22 2020

An application is only valid with a correctly submitted portfolio

Portfolio instructions for autumn course 2020

Your application should be written in English.

  1. Letter of Intent, max 3000 characters
    Briefly describe your motivations for applying to the course Between Design and Architecture. What is it that you propose to research/develop, why, and what do you want to achieve with this course?
  2. Images, maximum 5
    Add five images that display how you work with design, architecture or equivalent experiences.


Since we review the portfolios anonymously we ask you not to include your name, personal identity number or other personal details in the different parts of the portfolio. Your account details will not be visible to the reviewers.

Submit your portfolio

Your portfolio is submitted digitally in our portfolio system SlideRoom, applyartsgu.slideroom.eu

SlideRoom closes at midnight (CET) on the day of deadline and after that it is not possible to submit. When you have submitted your portfolio in time you receive a confirmation e-mail from SlideRoom.

NOTE: Uploading media files in SlideRoom can be a time-consuming process, so it is very important to start early before closing time. It is not possible to submit or complete an application after midnight.

For the purpose of handling and reviewing work samples, we use an external service provided by SlideRoom Technologies Inc. By using the service, you agree that the University of Gothenburg may handle your personal data and material submitted via SlideRoom in order to evaluate your application for education. The material you upload remains with SlideRoom until you choose to remove it from their servers. The University of Gothenburg may, by individual agreement with the applicant and in a way that the university decides, offer an alternative opportunity to submit work samples.

Selection and Admission

All complete applications are assessed by a jury consisting of representatives from the department.

Your academic qualifications are assessed separately from the portfolio. If you do not meet the entry requirement, your application is unqualified. If you are unqualified the jury has the possibility of making exemptions from the requirements, if they have ranked your portfolio high and considers your background to be equal that of the requirements. This is done on the initiative of the jury and you cannot ask for this assessment to be made.

When will I get the results?

Important dates like when the notification of results are published is available on universityadmissions.se

How to contact us

If you have questions about the course please contact course coordinator.

We have put together some frequently asked questions and answers concerning international applicants. If you cannot find an answer to your question under FAQ please send an e-mail to: hdkadmission@hdk.gu.se

Page Manager: Admission HDK-Valand|Last update: 12/19/2019

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