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Eat - Food Culture, Materiality and Design, 15 hec

(Course code: FKGEAT)


First cycle


Eating can involve an infinite number of different things. It can be about survival, pleasure or stress as well as meetings, time and access. Eating has different meanings for everyone.

In the course Eat – Food Culture, Materiality and Design, the simple meal is a platform for conversation, reflection, experiences and meetings. The materiality, spatiality and choreography of eating – that is, the things we use, the space we are in and how we move about – is the hub of our exploratory design work.

This course is for those who are interested in the connection between design and eating. Through fundamental design methods, we work with concepts and phenomena in food culture and design to create common knowledge and understanding. We do this through workshops, literature, field trips, supervision and discussions, both individually and collectively in group meetings as well as through individual project work.

The course is divided into three overarching themes:

Food – Body (such as the senses and norms)
Food – Politics (such as power and resource allocation)
Food – Artefacts (such as function and materials)

These themes are addressed through assignments, literature and at the physical meetings and serve as support for individual project work, which is conducted in parallel throughout the semester.

At #eathdk you can get glimpse from workshops during previous courses.

During the fall of 2020 we will meet for five sessions when we work together at HDK: September 7-8, October 12-13, October 26-27, November 30-December 1, January 7-8. The rest of the time is student’s own work time. The students will work with an individual Design project that runs along the whole semester and is presented at the last session in January. During the other four sessions we will do workshops, have lectures and tutoring that all relate to the fields of Design and Food culture.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements: General entrance requirements


Eat - Food Culture, Materiality and Design, 15 hec
Start Full/part time Period Apply
Autumn 2020 50 %, Distance 31 Aug 2020 - 15 Jan 2021 Closed

Course Coordinator

Mattias Gunnarsson

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

The application can be written in Swedish or English

1. CV, maximum 4000 characters

2. Letter of Intent, max. 2 000 characters. The letter is a written motivation describing why you are applying to the course and how you look at the relationship between food culture and design.

3. Images - 1-5 images
Up to 5 pictures representing your practice and your interest in food culture. Your own practice can include design, artistic practice, visual communication, restaurant work, food blogs, events, urban gardening, performance etc.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places, they are ranked based on relevant experience in relation to the course content and artistic expression.

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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