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Umeå Institute of Design

Umeå Institute of Design provides four academic programmes focusing exclusively on industrial design and related specializations. Programmes range from bachelor to masters and doctoral levels. We offer highly competitive, professional and international industrial design educational programmes supported by exceptional technical facilities and resources.

The Institute is organised within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University. Four academic programmes are available focusing exclusively on industrial design and related specialisations.


Bachelor Programme
The Institute offers a three-year industrial design programme leading to a Bachelors degree worth 180 credits.

This programme is run in Swedish and has no tuition fees.

Masters Programmes
At masters level there are three internationally oriented and specialised two-year programmes leading to a Masters degree comprising 120 credits. Each credit represents one week of study.

The three areas are:

1. Transportation Design
2. Advanced Product Design
3. Interaction Design

The master programmes are run in English and are open to international students. The Institute accepts a limited number of students to the master programmes without tuition fees.

International Students
Students from all over the world are currently enrolled on our Masters programmes creating a unique blend of creative energy and cross-cultural enrichment.

At the moment, we have students from 26 countries including Norway, Canada, Denmark, UK, India, Turkey, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Korea, China, Germany and USA.

More than half of the MA students are from other countries than Sweden. About 30% of all students are women.

Cooperation with Industry
In all four programmes the Institute cooperates regularly with a number of companies and organisations including Saab, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Nokia, ABB, Electrolux and Husqvarna, several of which are also strongly involved with the Institute«s research programmes.

Single Subject Courses
Umeå Institute of Design also offers a number of single subject courses in industrial design and related topics which are open for students from other departments at the University.

Research and Doctoral Studies
For a number of years the Institute has carried out applied research and development work which is organized into two areas: The Interaction Design Lab (IDL) and the Volvo Research Programme (SET). Since the autumn of 2001 we also offer doctoral studies in industrial design.