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 programme combines design creativity with knowledge of sustainability for a profession at the cutting edge of design.

The most important challenge 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 teaching team 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 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 delivered in English and we welcome students from all over the world. This means that you as a student are part of a group characterised by diversity and are 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 opportunitiess to forge networks and learn. The study environment in Växjö is personable, 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.

The Bachelor’s programmes in design at Linnaeus University received the grade of "high quality" in the most recent national evaluation of degree programmes within the arts.


There is an increasing demand for competence in sustainability in society. 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 at (in English), or (in Swedish). 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 15 January 2020.

There will be a second application round to apply to the program opening in 15 March 2020, with a closing deadline of 15 April 2020. Please note however that this second round is only open to EU applicants.

Interview with alumni

Sofia Granefelt Laurén

Sofia works as a Service Designer

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.

When did you graduate?

I graduated in 2012, one year later than planned, since I took a year off to go to India. The experiences I gained from that trip made that extra year before graduation worthwhile. I think my year in India changed my attitude to my last year as a design student, so that I could make the most of my time there.

Did you start working at Transformator directly after your graduation, and how did you end up there?

It all started when I was introduced to Service Design in my last year in the design programme. I was immediately interested in its methods and what you can accomplish with them. I heard that Transformator Design definitely was the place to be if you wanted to learn more about Service Design. I applied for a trainee position right after graduation, when I moved to Stockholm, and I've been working at Transformator ever since.

What's your title, and what do you do?

My title is Service Designer. This means that I work with projects in which I try to understand the customer's/user's incentives, needs and experiences of the service, for example by observing and talking to the final users. Based on this understanding, we develop proposals and concepts in an iterative process together with the users and clients.

What does an ordinary day at work look like?

All days at Transformator are different, since we work with different clients, projects and challenges. Everyone at Transformator is emphatic, and we work in close-knit project teams where we discuss everything with each other to develop a better understanding and develop ideas.

Is it an international workplace? What clients do you work with?

Right now we only have an office in Stockholm, but we work with international clients, and we also have some plans on developing our business outside of Sweden. Many of the organisations we work with deliver services which most of us use every day. For example using your credit card to buy something, getting an overview of a store, applying for parental leave, getting an insurance, understanding your pension, riding the metro in Stockholm, etc. No matter what, we always try to improve the experience for the users of our services, and can confidently say that together with our clients we make society a better place by creating services our customers choose, love and recommend!

What should students keep in mind to reach their goals after their education?

I think it's important to define and try to formulate your goals and start to reflect on what it is that you want out of your programme. During my first two years in the Bachelor's programme I took all the opportunities I could to try out new things, find inspiration and learn from others. That meant that in my third year I could focus on my area of interest, develop my knowledge and start working on my portfolio. I think it's a good idea to prepare for "the next step" when you're still studying, and in that way form a clearer connection between your education and professional life.

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

Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

Students from Design + Change programme participate in the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair every year.


Plastic workshop
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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!