Umeå University Umeå Institute of Design

mission statement

The mission of Umeå Institute of Design is to generate, transfer and mediate knowledge and competence within the field of industrial design. The education focuses on the planning and forming of industrial-made products, systems and services. The students acquire a general competence to work as professional industrial designers within several different product areas and in various work situations. The education at Umeå Institute of Design should be viewed as a professional education at university level. The stated goal is that the graduates will be employable in both a national and international job market.

international role

Since the start in 1989 we have collaborated in student projects and research projects with a couple of hundred Swedish and foreign companies, Swedish authorities, organizations or municipalities as well as research groups. If one adds to that all the degree projects this number becomes significantly higher. To an ever increasing extent project collaboration is being carried out with foreign companies and foreign research groups. Our students are increasingly invited together with students from other international design educations to joint projects. In the research group a large number of research projects are carried out; many of them within the framework for multi-year research programmes. An example of this is a multi-year research programme financed by ABB in Västerås, a research programme that has been financed since 1997 by AB Volvo, the three-year research programme financed by Umeå municipality, amongst others. This large component of international students makes the study environment at the Umeå Institute of Design international in its character. Via the international students who have graduated and now work in companies all over the world, new contacts with companies are continually created and our international network grows constantly. Through our system to constantly engage professional industrial designers as advisors and lecturers we have many excellent relationships with the Swedish industrial design core and this in turn contributes to the students’ employability. The cooperation with representatives from the professional core takes place even at student admission, discussion of the profession’s development and in the degree projects. Here follows a list of different types of partnerships that we have: Partnerships with schools: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm – research Lund Institute of Technology – research Jonkoping International Business School – research Center for Technology in Health Care, Karolinska Institutet – research University of Southern Denmark, Sonderborg, Denmark - education, faculty exchange Blekinge Institute of Technology- research, tutors School of Arts and Communication, Malmo University, Malmo - faculty exchange Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts, Kiel, Germany - education Current academic collaborations: International Stanford University • Design department, Dept of Mechanical Engineering o Prof. Larry Leifer, Prof. Bernie Roth • Computer Science department Indiana University at Bloomington • School of Informatics Carnegie Mellon University • School of Design o Associate Prof. Jodi Forlizzi o Associate Prof. John Zimmerman • Human-Computer Interaction Institute Tokyo University • Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) Note that we have chosen to have a very sparse list of collaborations with other design schools. Long term partnerships/corporate ventures with companies, (three years at the time): Volvo Trucks, Gothenburg – research ABB, Vasteras – research Umea Municipality – research Each year collaboration with more than 50 companies in study projects and degree projects Examples: Degree projects: Microsoft, Nokia, Electrolux, Volvo Trucks,Formatic, Bracke Forest, Silberauto, Samsonite Corp, SAAB, Philips Design (More on our web) Workshops: VW, Banverket, AutoLiv, Umeå Municipality, Volvo Trucks Examples of companies with course projects: Aisin Alstom Electrolux FIAT IKEA Komatsu Maquet Microsoft Nokia Peugeot SAAB SAS SonyEricsson Toyota Volvo Cars Volvo Trucks Whirlpool Examples of companies employing our students: Airbus, France Denso, Japan Designaffairs, Munich, Germany Electrolux, Porcia, Italy ErgonomiDesign, Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden Fantasy Interactive, Stockholm, Sweden Formation Design Group, Atlanta, USA Frog Design, Stuttgart, Germany Frog Design, Austin, USA GM, Russelsheim, Germany HumID, Umeå, Sweden IDEO, Chicago, USA Interactive Institute, Stockholm, Sweden Jaguar, UK LG Electronics, Milan, Italy Making waves, Oslo, Norway Maquet Critical Care, Stockholm, Sweden Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA Myra Industriell Design, Stockholm, Sweden Nokia, London, UK Nokia, Los Angeles, USA Nokia, Tampere, Finland Orooni, Oslo, Norway Philips Design, Eindhoven, the Netherlands Philips Design, Singapore Propeller, Stockholm, Sweden PalmSource, San Francisco, USA Scania, Södertälje, Sweden SICS, Stockholm, Sweden SonyEricsson, Lund, Sweden Summer, Stockholm, Sweden Toyota, Tokyo, Jaoan Vodafone, Germany Volvo Cars, Göteborg, Sweden Volvo Trucks, Göteborg, Sweden Whirlpool, Milan, Italy Ziba Design, Portland, USA

main focus

Industrial Design on BA- and MA level.

faculties and departments

Umeå Institute of Design belongs to the Faculty of Science and Technology at Umeå University

bachelor level programs

Degree of Bachelor of Arts. Main field of study: Industrial Design Industrial Design Programme The Institute offers a three-year industrial design programme leading to a Bachelors degree worth 180 ECTS-credits. The programme aims to give a broad basis and a general competence in handling a range of design problems within many different product areas. The programme is run in Swedish and has no tuition fees. Only open for students from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland. Monica Lindh-Karlsson, tel +46 90 786 5562; monica.lindh[at]dh.umu.se

master level programs

Degree of Master of Arts in Industrial Design(two years). Specialisation: Advanced Product Design (APD) Advanced Product Design 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. APD: Thomas Degn, tel +46 90 786 7741; thomas.degn[at]dh.umu.se Degree of Master of Arts in Industrial Design (two years). Specialisation: Interaction Design(IxD) Interaction Design Our interaction design education offers exciting opportunities for designers to extend their existing skills into new territory where the focus is on people\\\\\\\'s needs rather than technological capability. Our vision for interaction design is not only about the design of the object but also about the object of design. IxD: Niklas Andersson, tel +46 90 786 7034; niklas.andersson[at]dh.umu.se Degree of Master of Arts in Industrial Design(two years). Specialisation: Transportation Design (TD) Transportation Design Programme Our Transportation Design Programme is unique in its scope of interest, dealing with the whole transportation design field in cooperation with industry. Students are educated to have an open mind on both conceptual ideas and detailed realistic design solutions. They are encouraged to have a balanced thinking process where form and function work together. TD: Demian Horst, tel +46 90 786 7071; demian.horst[at]dh.umu.se Single Subject Courses Umeå Institute of Design offers two one-year courses Industrial Design Education and Design Connections and a large number of single subject courses in industrial design and related topics. Contact person: Per Sihlén +46 90 786 70 67 per.sihlen[at]dh.umu.se

research activity and main areas

We have a) an externally financed research group, b) a Ph.d. education in industrial design, and projects within artistic development work. Important areas of research are: inclusive user experiences, digital service design, and sustainability in design, creative group processes, and dynamic sketching techniques. Research contact person: Johan Redström +46 90 786 76 89 johan.redstrom(at)dh.umu.se

doctorate level programs

Doctoral program in industrial design. Ph.D. Education As one of very few design schools in Sweden, Umeå Institute of Design provides a Ph.D. program in Industrial Design, focusing on understanding, improving, and augmenting the field of industrial design by high-quality research, impacting and strengthening education, industry, as well as academia. Umeå Design Research Group Umeå Design Research Group is a unique studio-based design research organization located at Umeå Institute of Design, working with high-profile projects in close collaboration with leading industry partners. A multidisciplinary group most unusual to the academic setting, our core competences are in industrial design, interaction design, Human-Computer Interaction, and design research. Current areas of particular interest to Umeå Design Research Group are: Inclusive User Experiences; Digital Service Design; Sustainability in Design; Creative Group Processes; and Dynamic Sketching Techniques.

subject areas for exchange students

Industrial Design on BA and MA level

application deadlines

May 15 and November 1

teaching languages

English and Swedish

semester dates

Beginning: September Ending: June

cost of living per month (studying and living)

~7300 SEK/month Tuition fee, please check our web site http://www.dh.umu.se

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