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MFA in Advanced Product Design

Masters programme, 120 ECTS-credits

As innovation and new technologies become more significant in the design process, the industrial designer's role as coordinator of the problem solving process is becoming more important. The increasing complexities and demands for multi-disciplinary teamwork in the product development process demand a more holistic approach, which is one of the modern industrial designers' greatest attributes, and the basis for the Advanced Product Design Programme.

The Advanced Product Design Programme

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.

A future technological perspective is often adopted in the program's term and degree projects, offering students and external collaborative partners opportunities to explore converging technologies together with new user and market scenarios, and develop a variety of conceptual solutions, based on a solid foundation of professional tools, and analytical and creative work methods.

The philosophy of the program is to combine the knowledge and insights of today's hard-core product design with the possibilities that arise when applying both the physical and digital technology of tomorrow, induced with an universal approach and respect for human and nature that characterize the Scandinavian design tradition. With this as a starting point, the next generation of industrials designers have all the possibilities at hand to build new knowledge and to broaden the scope of product related functionality and experiences.

Why study Advanced Product Design at Umeå?

By Pete Avondoglio, Professor Emeritus and Senior Advisor

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  • Recent Acknowledgements

    2015 Michael Treschow scholarship, Lina Trulsson
    Spark Awards 2015, Sebastian Gier
    Red Dot 2015, Janis Beinerts and Sebastian Aumer (with IxDs Trieuvy Luu and Lars Sundelin), Alexander Turesson and Cindy Sjöblom
    IDEA 2015, Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, Andreas Enebrand, Janis Beinerts
    iF2015, Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar and Martin Edlund, Anton Hoffman, Alexander Turesson, Janis Beinerts, Rebecca Daum
    Core77 2015, Alexander Turesson and Cindy Sjöblom, Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, Janis Beinerts and Sebastian Aumer (with IxDs Trieuvy Luu and Lars Sundelin)
    2014 Vilcek Award for Creative Promise  Mansour Ourasana
    Red Dot 2014, Dawid Dawod and Alastair Warren, Alexander Turesson, Philip Nordmand Andersen, Ilteris Ilbasan, Aaron Wansch, Anton Hoffman
    IDEA 2014, Maxime Dubreucq and Robert Provó Kluit, Philip Nordmand Andersen, Stephanie Knödler, Dawid Dawod and Alastair Warren, Alexander Turesson.
    Core77 2014, Philip Nordmand Andersen, Stephanie Knödler
    iF 2014, Stephanie Knödler, Maxime Dubreucq, Aaron Wansch and Anton Hoffman together with Victor Woronovicz (IxD)
    IDEA 2013, Ömer Haciomergolu, Philip Nordmand Andersen, Cenk Aytekin, Gosha Galitsky, William van Beek, Kim Risager, Maxime Dubreucq
    Guldmyran 2013, Stephanie Knödler
    iF 2013, John Lee and Cenk Aytekin
    IxDA 2013, Natalie Vanns and Maxime Dubreucq (with IxD's Shivanjali Tomar and Doris Feurstein)

  • Facts & Figures

    13 nationalities. The APD programme currently has students representing: Austria, China, France, Germany, India,  Latvia, New Zealand, Romania, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey and United Kingdom.

  • Recent internships

    Beyond, USA. Dräger, Germany. Electrolux, Sweden. Fjord, France. Forpeople, UK. HOWL, Sweden. KISKA, Austria. IDEO, USA. MEQU, Denmark. Microsoft, USA. Philips Healthcare, The Netherlands. Samsung, USA. Teague, Germany. Veryday, Sweden. Vanmoof, Taiwan. Ziba, Germany.

  • Online application

    October 16 - January 15
    Application period for 
    MFA programmes and one-year course Industrial Design Intensive