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Department of Design

The Department of Design is entitled to award the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Design and the Degree of Master of Arts (One Year & Two Years) in Design. Students are accepted through a specific admission process which involves portfolios and sometimes also interviews.

The Department of Design has about 300 students. The teaching staff at the school consists of about 30 designers, art historians and artists, of whom five are professors. The department also has a large number of guest lecturers, specializing in fine arts, design, the history of art, sustainable development, sociology, ethnology, philosophy, history, engineering, economics, marketing and other subjects.

Design students will meet many international teachers during the programme, and we also facilitate student and teacher exchange through a number of international agreements. The Department of Design is a member of CUMULUS, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. CUMULUS organizes international spring and autumn conferences on the subject of design and design education.

Why + Change?

Doesn't design already imply change? Yes, through design we give form to new products (and books, campaigns, services, systems and much more). Through these we also shape and change behaviour, attitudes and even worldviews.

Today it is both formally and globally recognised that the state of both ecological and social systems is critical. We also know that human activities – and not least design, and its associated overconsumption – drive unsustainability. With + Change we want to emphasise the very potential of design to affect change and to extend it. Change comprises different degrees and perspectives on change, such as adaptation, evolution and revolution. To affect change through design can be about initiatives directed at products, systems or worldviews. We can choose to use design to affect change locally, regionally or globally, and with focus on ecology, economy, human health and equality, or all of this simultaneously. Altogether + Change is about purposefully using design, and its inherent creativity, in order to achieve changes towards futures of sustainability.