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About us

We are different. Set a couple of hours from the Arctic Circle, UID offers a rare blend between the local and the global in a unique Scandinavian setting. Since the school’s inception, UID has built its reputation through an equally sharp focus on creativity, practice and people.

Umeå Institute of Design (UID), part of Umeå University, is ranked as one of the top industrial design educations in the world. UID offers a highly competitive, professional and international industrial design education supported by leading research as well as cutting-edge technical facilities.

All educational programmes, except the bachelor programme, are run completely in English. The school has a diverse student body with representatives from all over the world. Typically, more then 30 nationalities are represented at any given time, creating a unique blend of creative energy and cross-cultural enrichment.

In all programmes and courses, UID cooperates with external partners from across the globe

The school successfully works with both the local community and international companies such as Volvo, Spotify, Audi, Google, Microsoft and Philips Healthcare. More than 90% of students obtain employment as professional industrial designers shortly after graduation.

Vision, mission and values

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Sustainability at UID

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Working here

The UID workplace is signified by inclusion, creativity and curiosity.

Leadership and organisation

UID is guided by democratic processes and transparent leadership.

Contact us

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Key facts

  • 90+% of graduates are employed as professional designers within six months

  • 95+% of students accepted to UID attain their educational goals

  • 30+ countries are represented in the UID student body

  • 8 years running, UID has been ranked the number one design education in Europe & the Americas on the Red Dot Design Ranking

Latest update: 2022-11-30