Admissions to Industrial Design Intensive



General facts

Between 15 and 20 students are admitted to the course every year. Several exchange students may be accepted for one or two semesters.

Admission is based on applicant's documentation and home assignment.

The course is taught in English.

Tuition fees are covered by Swedish government grants for EU citizens. Scholarships are available for non EU students. Learn more about admission for non EU citizens.

Eligibility: Applicants must previously have conducted, and passed, a minimum of one year of full time university studies, 60 credits (60 ECTS) or the equivalent + home assignment.
Applicants are required to show a high level of English proficiency (equivalent to English B/6 from Swedish Upper Secondary School). Read More.


Application step by step

Application for study year 2018/2019.
(Study starts 2018-09-03 and ends 2019-06-09.)

How to apply?
Read information at University Admissions, look at tab "Find out more"

October 16, 2017
The on-line application service at opens at 13.00 local time. Follow the instructions! All documents should be uploaded or sent to University Admissions, Östersund, except home assignment. Important: keep your registration/application number for further steps.

Create and send in a home assignment to Umeå Institute of Design.

January 15, 2018
Last day to apply through for the first round of applications.

February 1, 2018
Last day for supporting academic documents to be uploaded at University Admissions.
Last day for home assignment to arrive in Umeå.

Deadline for application fee:
If you are non EU citizen, pay the application fee of 900SEK.

If you are EU citizen, submit the documentation of your citizenship status to confirm that you do not need to pay application or tuition fees. Read more.

Please note that communication about your admission process will be handled through your University Admission account, which you create when you apply.

Home assignment

  1. Download the home assignment

  2. Submit the home assignments in physical format. If no specification is made in the
    instructions, you may draw, cut and paste, use a computer, and utilise materials of your choice. The home assignment pages can be in standing (portrait) or landscape A4/letter format, using papers of your own choice.

  3. Write your application number (received from, 7 digit number) on each page of the home assignment tasks, and your name on the back sides of the papers.

  4. Write "IDI" on the envelope, and mail it to:
    Umeå Institute of Design
    Umeå University
    SE-901 87 Umeå

    If sending your home assignment with a delivery firm, please use: Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Östra Strandgatan 28 A, SE-903 33 Umeå, Sweden.

  5. Make sure your home assignment arrives at UID no later than February 1.

We look at

  •  ability to define design problems

  • innovation and creativity in solutions

  • visualisation and visual communication skills

  • ability to explain ideas

  • sketching skills and potential for developing these skills


Notification status

April 19, 2018
Notification of the selection results sent out via University Admissions.

In April, 2018
A Welcome letter will be sent via e-mail from Umeå Institute of Design to all admitted students.

If admitted

If you are accepted to the course, please visit the Swedish Migration Agency website to inform yourself on practical visa and residency details.

Further questions?

Please contact us, by writing an email to