Design + Change

180 credits

Do you want to use design to make a difference in the world? Then this is the right degree for you. The bachelor’s programme in Design + Change combines design creativity with knowledge of sustainability for a profession at the cutting edge of design.

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The most important challenge of today and in the future concerns sustainability – to create a world that is good for both people and the environment, locally and globally.

During your three years on this design degree, you will work closely with our teachers to develop your own design specialism. It is up to you whether you make a difference through designing physical objects, processes, experiences or systems. The bachelor’s programme is delivered 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.

The Design + Change programme is held in English and we welcome students from all over the world. This means that you as a student is part of a group characterised by diversity and will become well prepared for an international design career.

Design + Change is located in Växjö, Småland – a region characterised by entrepreneurship, production and craft. Collaborative projects and educational visits will give you unique opportunities to forge networks and learn. The study environment in Växjö is personal, safe and creative and you will work in close contact with our practising designers/lecturers and researchers. The many different subjects offered at Linnaeus University give you the possibility to work across disciplines.


There is an increasing demand for competence in sustainability in society. As a designer the ability to collaborate with other disciplines is also becoming more important. This degree programme prepares you for a career within traditional design companies, as well as service design companies, NGOs (non-governmental organisations), human rights organisations and initiatives run by local communities or municipalities. You may also choose to start your own company.


Bachelor of Fine Arts

Main field of study: Design

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, application code LNU-F1095. 

2. Deadline to apply for EU applicants is 15 April, application code LNU-06301.


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 Fahd vid Linnéuniversitetet.

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.

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.



Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!

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