Umeå Institute of Design - Umeå University


Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design

Umeå Institute of Design provides five academic programmes focusing exclusively on industrial design and related specializations. Programmes range from Bachelors to Masters and Doctoral levels. We offer highly competitive, professional and international industrial design educational programmes supported by exceptional technical facilities and resources.

The Institute is organized within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University.

Bachelor Programme

The Institute offers a three-year Industrial Design Programme leading to a Bachelor’s degree worth 180 ECTS-credits.

This programme is run in Swedish and has no tuition fees.

Master Programmes

At Master’s levels, there are three internationally oriented and specialized two-year programmes leading to a Master’s degree comprising 120 ECTS-credits.

The three disciplines are:

  • Advanced Product Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Transportation Design

The master programmes are run in English and are open to international students.

International Students

Students from all over the world are currently enrolled in our Master's programmes creating a unique blend of creative energy and cross-cultural enrichment.

Currently, we have students from 29 countries including Norway, Canada, Denmark, UK, India, Turkey, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Korea, China, Germany and USA.

More than half of the MA students come from other countries than Sweden. About 30% of all our students are women.

Cooperation with the Industry

In all four programmes, the Institute cooperates regularly with a number of companies and organizations including Saab, Volvo Trucks, Volvo Cars, Ericsson, Nokia, ABB, Electrolux and Husqvarna, several of which are also strongly involved with the Institute’s research programmes.

Single Subject Courses

Umeå Institute of Design also offers a number of single subject courses in industrial design and related topics and those courses are available for students from other departments at the University.

Research and Doctoral Studies

For a number of years, the Institute has carried out applied research and development work, organized into two areas: The Interaction Design Lab (IDL) and the Volvo Research Programme (SET). Since the autumn of 2001, we also offer doctoral studies in industrial design.



Umeå Institute of Design
Umeå University
Östra Strandgatan 30

SE-903 33 Umeå, Västerbotten County, Sweden

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