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)
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.
Application and portfolio
The application process consists of two steps. First you need to apply to the programme online at at www.universityadmissions.se (in English), or www.antagning.se (in Swedish). Then you need to submit your portfolio together with your other documentation regarding eligibility on your pages on www.universityadmissions.se (in English), or www.antagning.se (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 universityadmissions.se.
Portfolio Guidelines, Master programme in Design + Change
For your submitted portfolio to be deemed complete, it must consist of two components:
1. Representative work
2. Statement of purpose
1. Representative Work
Your portfolio should include a selection, 10 pieces, of your most creative work, and should represent a variety of design and art approaches and outcomes in relation to sustainability and design as an agent of change. We encourage you to choose work that demonstrate the range of your interests, also outside of your studies. Submit the 10 pieces on your pages on www.universityadmissions.se (in English), or www.antagning.se (in Swedish). You can upload maximum 50 mb total.
In the upload form, enter a brief description of the work you upload.
2. Statement of purpose
Please write a statement of purpose that on one A4 page describes your interest in design focusing on:
- What are you curious about?
- What do you want to change through design?
- How do you want to use your education to reach your goals?
- What sustainability is to you?
The statement of purpose will be evaluated in terms of:
- Your capacity to envision and plan your future as a designer
- Your previous and intended engagement with sustainability and change
- Your proficiency in expressing yourself in English
The application process consists of two steps:
Apply to the programme online at www.universityadmissions.se (in English), or www.antagning.se (in Swedish). Submissions of documentation attesting your eligibility for Master's level study must be submitted here.
The deadline by which portfolio and statement of purpose must be received by LNU is 1 February. To be submitted as documents on universityadmissions.se.
Acceptance to the programme
If you meet the eligibility criteria, your application will be accepted and
evaluated on the basis of your portfolio. Evaluation of portfolios is conducted by a selection committee consisting of faculty members, external experts, and current students. The portfolio is regarded as a whole and the portfolio is evaluated in terms of the following criteria:
- Artistic quality
- Visualization skills
- Creative approach
- Ability to think critically
- Ability to work with sustainability and change as an intent
After submitting your application and portfolio you'll be contacted if you have been selected for interview. We offer a telephone/online interview.
The university will not disclose the reasons behind the decision to accept or reject any individual application. Approved students will be notified through www.universityadmissions.se or www.antagning.se.
Checklist for Application
- I have submitted my application through antagning.se or universityadmissions.se
- I have prepared my portfolio according to the guidelines provided.
- I have included a statement of purpose with my portfolio.
- I have uploaded my portfolio on my pages on www.universityadmissions.se (in English), or www.antagning.se (in Swedish) and made sure that all my files are included, and that I have submitted written descriptions of my uploaded files.
We accept late applications for special circumstances. Note that applications submitted within deadline will be prioritized.
If you have any questions regarding the application or permisson related issue don´t hesitate to inquire by e-mail to Admissions Office: email@example.com
If you have any questions regarding the portfolio or other questions about the programme don't hesitate to inquire by e-mail to Programme Coordinating team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Look at student projects on designportfoliolnu.se
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.
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.
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.