Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

Design School Kolding

Founded in 1967

Head of institution

Rector Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen

Visiting Address

Aagade 10, DK-6000 Kolding, Denmark

Phone +45 7630 1100

Fax +45 7630 1112



Cumulus Contact person

Head of International Relations Anette Flinck
Aagade 10, DK-6000 Kolding
Phone +45 40211100, Fax +45 7630 1112
E-mail af[at]

Contact person for inquiries on study programs

Contact Mrs. Anette Flinck, af[at], +45 40211100 for further guidance concerning contact persons.

Other contact persons



Design School Kolding's DNA
Meaningful design, sensory perception, experimentation and collaboration with the business community are some of the words that characterise Design School Kolding. The programme is an international talent workshop for Danish design. We work at eye level, believe in equality and respect diversity.
Design School Kolding develops and cherishes talent, and challenge it by teaching students to reflect on their own process and how to cooperate through projects drawn from a specific user context – often in collaboration with the business community.
Design School Kolding builds on the tradition of Danish design, placing focus on design which is meaningful. We believe that innovation comes from relating to history and tradition. The school’s approach is not to provide the answer, but to find the answer together.
On the programme, we work with tools, techniques, concepts and methods. We encourage talented students and believe in professional cooperation between individuals. We build on knowledge and research and place emphasis on sensory perception and experimentation – a union of hand and spirit, head and hands.
Design School Kolding has university status and provides a framework for a number of recognised researchers in a young field of research as well as an increasing output of PhD projects. At the same time, we know the importance of putting design into practice and therefore prioritise good workshop facilities where students can work with their material 1:1. It is important to the school that its in-house teachers practice what they teach and make use of a large number of guest teachers to ensure inspiration from professional practice.

A higher education
Design School Kolding is an independent institution under the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The school trains designers at undergraduate and graduate level.
Design School Kolding has just short of 380 active students and a number of PhD students, including industrial PhD students. Every year, the school admits around 90 new students. In addition, the school offers a Master’s programme in design management in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark. Since 2011, the school has also hosted the Master’s programme in interaction design at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID).

Main focus

Our main focus is to train students in BA, MA and Ph.D. in design related subjects


Faculties and departments

Institute for Fashion and Textiles
Institute for Visual Communication
Institute for Industrial Design and Interactive Media
Institute for Form & Theory
Department for Research

Bachelor level programs

BA in Fashion
BA in Textiles
BA in Accessory
BA in Industrial Design
BA in Communication Design

Master level programs

MA in Fashion
MA in Textiles
MA in Accessory (in 2017)
MA in Industrial Design
MA in Communication Design
MA in Design Management, joint degree with SDU, University of Southern Denmark


Research activity and main areas

Design School Kolding strives to be a leader within design research in Denmark. The school has been accredited since 2010 and therefore conducts research at the highest level with special focus on the values of sustainability, social inclusion and cultural diversity. It is important to the school that the research contributes to its teaching – and vice versa. The Cross Faculty Department is responsible for ensuring the proper integration of research into the day-to-day teaching.
Research at Design School Kolding must challenge and develop traditional design assumptions. The research is therefore often conducted in close cooperation with the business community and the cultural scene, and also often involves designers and researchers from other institutions, both nationally and internationally.
Research at Design School Kolding thus contributes to a better understanding of the important role design plays in the development of a society’s innovative dynamics. The school’s research supports the development of concepts and methods in design-led innovation processes in both the business community and the cultural scene, as well as in the public sector. The research is also important in the continuous changes to the knowledge base of design programmes.
Researchers at Design School Kolding have together come up with a common title for the research at the school: Sustainable Futures. With a broad understanding of the concept of sustainability, the researchers here try to imagine what the future will be like.

Areas of research
Researchers at Design School Kolding work on the following examples of basic research:
• processes and methodology
• aesthetics

Design School’s research efforts are centred on the three strategic research areas:
• welfare
• sustainability
• play and design

Doctorate level programs

PH.D. studies are planned individually


Subject areas for exchange students

Industrial Design
Communication Design

Application deadlines

Autumn semester: 1st May
Spring semester: 1st October

Teaching languages

Main language is Danish, but most teachers speak English

Semester dates

Autumn semester: 1st September - 31st December
Spring semester: 1st January - 30th June

Cost of living per month (studying and living)

Approximately 5000 DKK per month for accomodation and living expenses.
Students pay for their material at the school. The cost differs from project to project.



  • Bachelor: 240
  • Master: 100
  • Doctorate: 7

Exchange students

  • 30-40 incoming
  • 30-40 outgoing
  • n/a other (continuing education, post-experience courses, other)

Teaching staff

  • 5 Professors
  • 15 Lecturers
  • 15 Other permanent teachers
  • 100 Part-time teachers