In the BFA programme in industrial design, we educate designers
that create visions possible to realize. A central question for us
is: Could things be different?
What does an industrial designer do?
An industrial designer works with developing products and
services where the user is not a single, identified person. The
purpose is, many times, to solve, enable or satisy a need or a
wish. The product or service shall also satisfy a need seen from a
market or production perspective.
This is a complex task with many entry points and perspectives.
Sustainability (social, ecological and economic), production
choices, emotional needs, business strategies, use, and quality of
life are just a few of the aspects. We therefore talk about our
work as founded in a holistic approach.
About the education
On the BFA programme, we work with the basic "trintiy" of
person, product/service and context. In applied projects, other
aspects are also focused to frame the studies in a very realistic
The educational aim is that our studenst will "build" their own
creative design process, with a starting point in a Swedish user
centered design tradition. Abilities for innovation, cooperation
and communication are all areas that a future industrial designer
needs to develop. The education aims for an innovative way of
working. UID offers well suited facilities and cutting edge
technologies for industrial design education. This opens up
possibilities for students to, during their entire study time, test
and devlop the areas that the student considers most important and
An open and "family-like" atmosphere in the student groups is
important in order to establish a good setting for a creative
environment. In addition to this, the very international student
group at UID creates a multicultural learning environment. This
open and diverse atmosphere also includes our staff and faculty,
external tutors from the design profession and our network of
collaborating companies and alumni.
See more in-depth information about the programme
on the Swedish programme information pages.
The BFA programme is open for exchange studies, for students
from other design educations all over the world. Even though the
programme is mainly run in Swedish, we can accomodate non-Swedish
speaking exchange students. Many teachers will teach and tutor in
English when non-Swedish speakers are part of the group, and others
will instead offer individual support in English while teaching in
Swedish. See more information here.
Contact Per Sihlén, Programme director for the BFA programme in
Tel +46 90 7867067