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MFA Programme in Design, 120 hec

The long tradition of art education at HDK-Valand has contributed to making Swedish design world famous. Nowadays, HDK-Valand is also the home of contemporary, design education and research which continues to build on Sweden’s long-standing commitment to social welfare. This is the foundation on which we have constructed our design programme at the second cycle level.

About the education

The main focus of the programme is to further develop your creative and artistic skills by working with complex and challenging issues, in particular where social implications are important.

Practical projects, both individual and team projects, are at the core of your studies. The atmosphere of the programme is explorative and experimental. You will investigate new and challenging ideas of how designers can situate themselves and work for a sustainable society in the future.


You will get introduced to the key pedagogical tool in our programme – the personal project – at the beginning. You will also get familiar with how to identify and formulate your own project, how to account for your process and your outcome. Theoretically and practically, you will study how designers can act and intervene in social change in society.

The second year focuses on your degree project in different ways. You will have reading assignments that will advance your knowledge in your own field of interest. You will also train in identifying and formulating an adequate idea for your thesis project.



The language of teaching is English.


Work areas/continuing studies

The master’s programme prepares you for a qualified professional role within your field and/or post-graduate research studies.


Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Design.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in design of at least 180 credits or equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS. In addition, approved work samples are required.


The selection is based on an assessment of submitted work samples. Information and instructions regarding the work samples can be found under each course or programme description at http://hdk.gu.se/english/education/design-mfa/apply

MFA Programme in Design, 120 hec
Start Full/part time Apply
Autumn 2020 Day, 100 % Closed
CITY: Göteborg
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 544 000 SEK
First payment 136 000 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Programme syllabus

In the programme syllabus you can read more about the content and the outcomes of the programme.

Programme syllabus for MFA Programme in Design, 120 credits

Apply for the programme

  1. Apply for the programme at universityadmissions.se
    Application deadline: March 1, 2020
  2. Submit your portfolio through SlideRoom
    Deadline for submitting portfolio: March 9, 2020

An application is not valid without a submitted portfolio

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

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