About 10-12 students are admitted to the programme every year, plus
students may be accepted for one or two semesters.
Admission is based on applicant's documentation, portfolio (first
stage) and a video assignment (second stage).
The programme is taught in English.
Tuition fees are covered by Swedish government grants for EU
citizens. Scholarships are available for non EU students. Learn more about
tuition and scholarship for non EU citizens.
Bachelor's degree, in industrial design or equivalent
subject area which should include at least 60 ECTS credits in the
Design subject + Portfolio.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary
course English B/6. Read More.
Application for study year 2019/2020 is now
Next time to apply will be for the study year 2020/2021.
Information at this page will be updated in October 2019 when the
application period opens again.
Application step by step
Step 1: Find the programme
through the search function at the on-line application
universityadmissions.se. Follow the
instructions! All documents should be uploaded or sent
to University Admissions,
except portfolio and motivation letter,
which is sent directly to Umeå Institute of Design. Important:
keep your personal application number for further
Step 2: Portfolio is
uplodaded to Umeå Institute of Design webpage (See instructions
Upload your portfolio and a letter of motivation
Link to upload (published when application
Work samples should present applicant's strengths in a visually
concise manner. However, one or two of the submitted works samples
can describe in detail what kind of design process was used. We
prefer that you submit a link to your on-line portfolio. If you do
not have an on-line portfolio, please submit a PDF. Note that no
printed portfolios/ physical media (CD, DVD, USB-stick) will be
January 15, 2020
Last day to apply through universityadmissions.se
February 1, 2020
Last day for supporting academic documents to be uploaded at
Last day to upload your portfolio at UID web.
Deadline for application fee:
If you are non EU citizen, pay the application fee of 900 SEK.
If you are EU/EEA citizen, submit the
documentation of your citizenship status to confirm that you do not
need to pay application or tuition fees. Read more.
Please note that communication about your admission process
will be handled through your University Admission account, which
you create when you apply.
8-12 samples of your work, showing your present creative and
aesthetic design experience and capabilities on professional and/or
academic level. You can include videos, photos, sketches, 3D
renderings, graphics, or interactive presentations to demonstrate
your design skills.
Keep the presentation of each work sample to one page each and
select the parts that best presents your strengths. However, one or
two of the submitted work samples should be decribed in more detail
over 3-4 pages, where your design process should be in focus.
For each work sample, include a short text (10-20 words)
describing the content and context of the shown project. In group
projects, tell us what your contribution was.
Upload letter of motivation with personal application number
received from the universityadmissions.se.
We look at
Overall human-centered attitude to design
Creativity, design thinking and problem-solving capability
Capability of critical and analytical thinking
Experience with individual and group work
Relevant graphics software skills
Basic experience of building physical mock-ups and presentation
Interest in information technology
Using maxiumum one page (A4 size), please describe the reasons
why you would like to specialise in the MFA programme in
The selection process based on the applicant´s portfolio is done
in two steps. In the first step about 20-30 applications are
shortlisted by the recruitment group. Shortlisting is based solely
on the talent displayed in the portfolios. Applicants who are
shortlisted to the second part of the selection process might be
given a creative assignment as preparation for the final
April xx, 2020
Notification of the selection results is sent out via University
If you are accepted to the programme, please visit the Migration Agency website to inform yourself on
practical visa and residency details.
Please contact us, by writing an email to email@example.com