Design+Change, Master Programme

120 credits

The Master Programme in Design + Change is an advanced-level two-year programme within Design, the main field of study.

WHY? Exploring new roles of designers: Design involves creativity, criticality and transformation. Design calls into question the state of things and makes an impact. Design challenges preconceptions, prejudices, norms, and stereotypes and provokes emotions, thoughts, sensibilities and actions. Design can enhance our lives and our relationships to the world. It can make us attentive and empathic to the ecological and socio-cultural systems in which we live. In a world of many challenges, design can be an agent for sustainable change.

In shaping our futures, designers will face unprecedented challenges compared to what conventional designers faced during the twentieth century. In fact, the role of the designer will and should change. Instead of only designing for mass production, which was important during the first phase of industrialisation, designers of futures must handle multiple roles and increasingly complex issues. As agents for change, we believe designers will play key roles in shaping futures of sustainability and we are looking for those sharing this vision to join us in exploring it together.

HOW? Transdisciplinary study in design: On the Design + Change MFA Programme at Linnaeus University (LNU) we challenge the traditional role of the designer, working across disciplinary and media boundaries to define new roles that meet contemporary and future needs. For design to confront the crises we are now facing, we need to work together with other academic disciplines and cultural practices and in partnerships with professional designers, community organisations, businesses, activists and governmental bodies.

Students on the Design + Change MFA programme can choose to extend their existing knowledge in a specific design discipline/field or explore new ones. The programme focusses on artistic and experimental processes and artistic research. Students will develop their capacity for critical and creative reflection in making well rounded and futures-oriented design proposals and?purpose-driven interventions. Particular attention is paid to contemporary and emerging design disciplines such as critical, disruptive and speculative design and design in climate and ecological emergency, while referring to other design practices such as social design, metadesign, design activism and design for social innovation. Furthermore, students are introduced to and practice relevant methods for questioning the current state of things, opening up to ways of thinking and shaping futures creatively and differently through shifting paradigms such as the change from human-centred to life-centred design processes.

The programme consists of a progression of project-based courses in which students encounter specific themes and design fields concluding with an independent thesis project in the last semester of the programme. Developing transdisciplinary perspectives remains at the core of the programme and students have the opportunity to independently initiate and develop collaborations with external partners.


NEXT? Design for the real-world:The career perspective of design is very diverse. Our aim is to develop artistic maturity and foster responsible designer roles with a focus on wider perspectives of sustainability and design (practice) as a change agent. At LNU, you will gain knowledge through?exploratory work, concept development and implementation, in complex projects. The Design + Change MFA programme thus provides you with many useful skills, overarching knowledge and an interdisciplinary approach that can be incorporated in whatever specialisation you decide to pursue, allowing for different career paths depending on your interests and aspirations as well as opportunities to conduct doctoral and other research degrees in design and related fields.


Master of Fine Arts (Main field of study: Design)

International possibilities

During the programme, you can do field work abroad as part of your degree project. This may involve collecting material abroad for a period of roughly two months. It is also possible to carry out an international exchange in the year following your graduation from the programme.

Learn more about what international possibilities are offered at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Linnaeus University.

Application and portfolio

The application process consists of two steps. First you need to apply to the programme online at at (in English), or (in Swedish). Then you need to submit your portfolio together with your other documentation regarding eligibility on your pages on (in English), or (in Swedish).

You find instructions for the portfolio below. 

The application deadline is 15 January 2024, application code LNU-F2289.

The deadline by which portfolio and statement of purpose must be received by LNU is 1 February 2024. To be submitted as documents on

Student portfolio

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Student projects


Clara Veneziano-Coen

In odd times of uncertainty, design too can become uncertain. Two Point O: Växjö Crisis Edition is an archiving project shaped in a collaborative process with citizens of Växjö. The archive is a collection of objects relevant in times of crisis called Care Biopics.


Daniel Gustafsson

My collaborator Ebba and I have developed a new Paralympic seat for the sport of rowing. As a norm-creative innovation, it is a design that understands and addresses the particularities of the individual body and its specific needs. The project investigates the combination of co-creation, craft and norm-creative methods as a pragmatic and alternative approach to sports equipment.

Karina Zaitceva

My project raises questions about the occupation of urban spaces by motor vehicles. Design activism and urban social movements inform my proposal to reclaim the public space as a pedestrian. I assembled a DIY pedestrian body parking artefact and placed it at on-street car parking spaces. With my artifact I was trying to bring a balance in the use of these shared collective areas.

Växjö – the student city with a living campus

Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also a picturesque city where you are always close to forests and water.

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