MA in Advanced Product Design

Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design

Program Description

MA in Advanced Product Design

Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design

MA in Advanced Product Design

Masters programme, 120 ECTS-credits

As innovation and new technologies become more significant in the design process, the industrial designer's role as coordinator of the problem solving process is becoming more important. The increasing complexities and demands for multi-disciplinary teamwork in the product development process demand a more holistic approach, which is one of the modern industrial designers' greatest attributes, and the basis for the Advanced Product Design Programme.

The Advanced Product Design Programme is a solution-driven education that focuses on the advanced treatment of design - using user studies, problem identification and analysis, new technologies and materials, and above all, an emphasis on innovative and new thinking - to find the best possible solution for a given problem or identified design opportunity.

A future technological perspective is often adopted in the program's term and degree projects, offering students and external collaborative partners opportunities to explore converging technologies together with new user and market scenarios, and develop a variety of conceptual solutions, based on a solid foundation of professional tools, and analytical and creative work methods.

The philosophy of the program is to combine the knowledge and insights of today's hard-core product design with the possibilities that arise when applying both the physical and digital technology of tomorrow, induced with an universal approach and respect for human and nature that characterize the Scandinavian design tradition. With this as a starting point, the next generation of industrials designers have all the possibilities at hand to build new knowledge and to broaden the scope of product related functionality and experiences.

International and Exchange Students

The teaching language is English and the course is open to international students and exchange students. When exchange students are accepted, they have been selected on equal terms as our regular students starting the autumn term of the first study year.

Field of Activities

The Advanced Product Design Programme prepares students for work as professional industrial designers. Many of our alumni are frequently employed at international design consultancies and in-house design departments in major corporations. Among those companies are Philips (The Netherlands) Smart Design (USA), Nokia (Finland & UK), Frog Design (USA & Germany), Designit (Denmark & Germany), SonyEricsson, Atlas Copco, Ergonomidesign, Propeller, No Picnic (all in Sweden), Motorola (Singapore & Denmark), Denso (Japan), NPK (The Netherlands) David Lewis designers (Denmark) and many more.

Admission Requirements

Programme Pre-requisites

The entry qualifications are a Bachelor's degree in the field of Industrial Design or an equivalent creative education like Architecture, Engineering Design or similar. The admission process is primarily based on a portfolio selection.

Specific Portfolio Requirements

We look for student talents who dares to question the present and who has the potential to create the future. We accept applicants based a visual portfolio and expect to receive a printed hard copy in colour, containing a great number of selected original works that visually as well as textually communicates the applicant's present capabilities in industrial design. If some of the work are either group work or made during internship or working as a professional, please include this information.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
Sweden Umeå
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