Malmö University School of Arts and Communication

mission statement

The significance of media in society is ever increasing, and this holds in particular for new media such as the web, blogs, mobile services, online forums, and virtual worlds. The increase is deeply related to technical developments in the field of information and communication technology offering possibilities for new forms of expression and new media actors. The relations between producers and consumers, between professionals and amateurs, are thus reshaping in quite drastic ways, enabling a variety of communication practices and numerous public spheres, transnational as well as domestic. Research at the School of Arts and Communication aims at exploring this development by combining the theoretical and conceptual study of digitally enhanced mediated communication and its properties with design-oriented material experiments with a special emphasis on participation and coproduction in the public sphere.

international role

The faculty is internationally highly qualified, many of which also have foreign background and experience from working abroad. Situated in a vibrant part of Europe, in the "Greater Copenhagen area", the school has developed close collaboration with several major international networks and associations, such as the DESIS network, including companies and outreaching institutions in the region.  Internationalization is prioritized; the teaching and research environment is highly diverse with a number of programs run entirely in English, a high ratio of international faculty, an international body of students, and a number of collaboration projects with international partners including exchange agreements for both students and staff. These agreements include, apart from agreements within the Nordic networks and Erasmus also Rochester Institute of Technology, USA; Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India; Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa; and Parsons The New School, USA.

national role

With its focus on participatory design process, the School has developed close collaboration with the City of Malmö, through a number of joint research projects both with national and EU funding. Other successful collaborations include joint platforms such as ISU, The Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, and collaboration with major local cultural institutions, the above mentioned Malmö Live Consert and Congress including Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Media Evolution City, the Region of Scania, the Public Transport Authorities, SUS/the regional university hospital, major companies such as SVT/Swedish Television, Ericsson Mobile, Arduino, IKEA among others.

main focus

At K3/The School of Arts and Communication we combine academic scholarship with artistic methods and practical skills. In our teaching and research, art, technology, design and communication converge in new and innovative ways. We focus on thematic education and research through collaborative and project-based pedagogy that challenges traditional disciplinary boundaries. As initially formulated in its Digital Bauhaus Manifesto (1998) the vision of the department has been to constitute “an arena, a meeting place, a school and a research centre for creative and socially useful encounters between art and technology”. Our aim is to build on the legacy of Scandinavian participatory design and liberal arts education and to combine this with material sensitivity, critical analysis and social consciousness. All our programs therefore require conceptual, practical and critical skills, including linguistic skills.

faculties and departments

Faculty of Culture and Society


bachelor level programs

  1. Media and Communication Studies, 3 years
  2. Product Design, 3 years
  3. Interaction Design, 3 years
  4. Graphic Design, 3 years
  5. Visual Communication, 3 years
  6. English Studies, 3 years

master level programs

  1. Communication for Development, 1 year
  2. Communication for Development, 2 years
  3. Interaction Design, 1 year
  4. Interaction Design, 2 years
  5. Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries, 1 year
  6. Media and Communication Studies: Culture, Collaborative Media, and Creative Industries, 2 years

research activity and main areas

The overall research profile is New media, public spheres and forms of expression (NMOG), the mission of which is to explore new media and their uses by combining practice based, arts oriented, expressive and analytical research, frequently in collaboration with extramural actors, such as through the local DESIS lab. Main research topics are Participatory Design, Collaborative Media, Living Archives, Narrative Strategies, Internet of Things and People, and Physical Computing, among others; partly coordinated through the interdisciplinary research platform MEDEA coordinating design and media related research initiatives across the faculty of Culture and Society.

doctorate level programs

New Media, New Public Spheres and Forms of Engagement, 4 years

subject areas for exchange students

Interaction design

Media and Communication Studies

Graphic Design 

Product Design

Visual Communication

English Studies





application deadlines

International students: 15 January

National students: 15 March

teaching languages

Swedish, English

semester dates

40 weeks (20+20)

Atumn semester: beginning September–mid January

Spring semester: mid January–end May

cost of living per month (studying and living)

Food: SEK 2,000
Accommodation: SEK 3,750
Local travel: SEK 560
Telephone/internet: SEK 300
Insurance, medical care and hygiene: SEK 300
Hobby/leisure, miscellaneous: SEK 1,100

Total: SEK 8,010

(source: Study in Sweden,

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