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Master's Programme in Advanced Product Design, 120 Credits

About the programme

The masters program in Advanced Product Design offers students who wish to work as industrial designers a high-quality education in aesthetic, technical and strategical issues.

The program consists of both theoretical and practical subjects. It integrates advanced form treatment, problem identification and analysis, creative and visualisation techniques with business oriented subjects such as strategic design and professional practice. The program trains students to work as industrial design consultants developing products and system solutions for industry, institutions and public authorities. A major part of the project work is done in collaboration with actors in these areas. The program conveys a holistic view of the industrial design process and emphasizes the following areas:
Problem identification and analysis, User-centered innovation, Concept development, Emerging technologies and Strategic design.

The program is international and the language is English.

Application is made in two steps.
Step 1: through the national online application service Deadline for application: January 15.
Step 2: Portfolio sent to Umeå Institute of Design. Information about application at

Level of education: Continuation programme
Degree: Degree of Master of Fine Arts. Main field of study: Industrial Design. Specialisation: Advanced Product Design. Application and eligibility Programme syllabus


Individual and group work and tutoring with practical assignments and exercises.

Career Opportunities

The students at the Advanced Product Design Programme become skilled at working with comprehensive holistic concepts as well as the small details of product design. The industry appreciates the students from the Umeå Institute of Design because of the width of the education. Several well-known companies around the world have hired graduated students from Umeå Institute of Design.

Application and eligibility


Tuition fees and scholarships

With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at undergraduate and advanced level.
For most degree programmes rates are SEK 90,000–135,000 per year. Programmes in architecture, design, and fine arts range from SEK 270,000 to SEK 330,000 per year.

Umeå University offers a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA.

The Swedish Institute administers numerous scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden.

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Umeå Institute of Design

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