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Master's Programme in Advanced Product Design

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Autumn Term 2019

The Master's programme in Advanced Product Design will make you into a skilled industrial design consultant able to design products and technical solutions for industry, institutions and public authorities. The education is international and more than 80 per cent of the students come from abroad. The programme is project-based and a major part of the project work is done in collaboration with external partners.

Admitted to the programme

Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.
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While studying

The Master's programme in Advanced Product Design develops your design competence and provides professional tools, methods and a creative mindset. During your education individual work is mixed with group work and supervised practical exercises. The programme integrates advanced form treatment, problem identification, analysis, creative and visualisation techniques with business oriented subjects such as strategic design and professional practice.

Develop design in real projects

The curriculum is project-based and projects are carried out in collaboration with industries, research institutions, organisations and public authorities. Most projects concern problems that the students identify themselves, not problems that have already been solved countless times by other designers. The projects can adress anything from developing medical technology products and design for the disabled to design of public services and professional tools.

The programme is international and all instruction is conducted in English. About 75 per cent of the students come from abroad, for instance, from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, France, England, Turkey, Spain, China and New Zeeland.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

Our students become skilled at working with comprehensive holistic concepts as well as the small details of product design. Umeå Institute of Design is well renowned and the industry appreciates students from our school because the breadth of the education. Several well-known companies around the world have employed graduates from the Umeå Institute of Design.

Further studies?

After your degree you can continue to study at advanced level or pursue PhD studies.


Degree of Master of Fine Arts. Main field of study: Industrial Design. Specialisation: Advanced Product Design.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Advanced Product Design, 120 hp

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International admission round

Programme starts

Autumn Term 2019

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

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Number of places



A Bachelor's degree, in industrial design or equivalent subject area which should include at least 60 ECTS credits in the field of Design + Portfolio. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.


For acceptance to the Masters program, artistic talent and design aptitude is essential. Selection among qualified applicants is based upon submitted portfolio material, interviews and/or creative assignment. Application is made in two steps. Step 1: through the national online application service Step 2: Portfolio is uplodaded to Umeå Institute of Design webpage. Information about application at

Application code



Application deadline was 15 January 2019. The application period is closed.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee


Tuition fee, first instalment


Total fee



Step 1: Through the national online application service Deadline for application: January 15.

Step 2: Portfolio is sent directly to Umeå Institute of Design. Information about application at

Common questions

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Contact persons for the programme are:
Thomas Degn, programme director