Design + Change

180 credits

Do you want to use design and its tools and methods to make a difference in the world? Then this is the right degree for you. The most important challenge of today and in the future concerns sustainability – to create a world that is good for both people and the planet, locally and globally. The bachelor’s programme in Design +Change combines design creativity with knowledge of sustainability for a profession at the cutting edge of design.

The Design +Change programme is delivered and evaluated through a series of projects, and you will work independently as well as engage in group work, and in collaborations with the local and regional community and enterprises. It is held entirely in English and we welcome students from all over the world. This means that you as a student are part of a group characterized by diversity and will become well prepared for an international design career.

Design +Change is located in Växjö, Småland – a region characterized by entrepreneurship, production and craft. Collaborative projects and educational visits will give you unique opportunities to forge networks and learn as well as to build your portfolio. The study environment in Växjö is personal, safe and creative and you will work in close contact with our practicing designers/lecturers, artists and researchers. The diversity in expertise provides you with the possibility to develop across disciplines and be introduced to a variety of artistic practices such as ceramics, wood-work, textiles, performance, movement & somatic practice, food, photo and video, among others.


The career perspective of Design is very diverse. The bachelor provides you with many useful skills, overarching knowledge and an interdisciplinary approach that can be incorporated in whatever specialization you decide to pursue, allowing for different career pathways of your interests and aspirations. Many students decide to expand on their expertise with a masters education within various fields. You can also choose to continue your studies in Växjö with the Design + Change Master Programme.

Below you can find some exemplary career paths of alumni.


Bachelor 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.

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The value words of this education.

Application and portfolio

Apply to the programme online in English at, or apply i Swedish at Submissions of documentation attesting your eligibility for Bachelor's level study must be submitted here.

Please submit your entire application, including the portfolio assignments below, by last day of application.

There are two application rounds to apply to the program:

  1. Deadline to apply for international students is 15 January 2024, application code: LNU-F2308. Your portfolio and letter of intent should be submitted, no later than 1 February 2024.
  2. Deadline to apply for EU applicants is 15 April 2024, application code: LNU-G0196. Your portfolio and letter of intent should be submitted, no later than 2 May 2024.
    Please note. During the second admission round, you can only apply via Unfortunately, it's only in Swedish and if you need help with your application, please contact


A unique programme with both local and global perspectives

Wiktoria Czekajska vid Linnéuniversitetet

Wiktoria appreciates the supportive culture among the students studying Design + Change, and how they strive to redefine how design can contribute to a sustainable future. After graduation, she dreams of opening her own studio.

I’m encouraged to be innovative and discover using design

Ahmad student at Linnaeus University

Ahmad really appreciates the study environment and meeting people with different backgrounds, from different countries. In the future, he would like to work with projects creating sustainable energy.

Using design as a meaningful tool for change

Sofia Elisabeth Ratzinger vid Linnéuniversitetet.

After graduation, Sofia was craving for a business approach to design, so she moved to Berlin and began working in communications at a sustainability consultancy startup. Today, she runs her own design business.

Sofia Granefelt Laurén

Sofia Granefelt Laurén works as a service designer at Transformator Design in Stockholm. We asked Sofia some questions about how she ended up there and what she works with.

Catrin and Kristel started a business together

Picture at Catrin and Kristel

Catrin and Kristel graduated from their design programme at Linnaeus University a few years back. Their degree project, which they did together, was chosen for the exhibition Young Swedish Design. Now they have started the company WE ARE CAMP together.

Emma and Camilla run their own design agency

Emma och Camilla driver bolag tillsammans

Alumni Emma and Camilla got to know each other when they studied on the programme Design + Change. Nowadays, they run the design agency Fem2design together.

More information about the programme

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.

Student project Design + Change, first term

Why did we apply to Design + Change at Linnaeus University

Humans have caused the world to suffer by putting themselves above everything else existing on the planet. It's more than time to change this behaviour and work towards a better future. In this film we share our reasons for why we're here and what we're aspiring to achieve with this program, in an honest and insightful way as part of a class of more than 20 students in the very beginning of our education. Whether it's for our love for the environment, human sustainability or simply because we enjoy creating, we all have a good reason for being here. One semester has passed and we're more eager than ever to contribute to a more sustainable future wit h our designs. We're doing something new. Something important.

Why+ Change: Made by1st year students from the program Design + Change in Växjö. Module 4 Moving Image.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

Students from Design + Change programme participate in the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair every year. Second-year students from Design + Change programme received the FORM Magazine Award in 2019 for Sustainability Project of the Year at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Their interactive performance, titled “Hurry up before we collapse”, dealt with the hidden power structures behind our consumption and the inevitable collapse towards which it is leading us. In the exhibition, the students took on the role of human furniture as a way to interact with visitors and encourage personal reflection concerning the role as consumer.


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.

Learn more about our student cities.

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