About 10-12 students are admitted to the programme every year, plus
students may be accepted for one or two semesters.
Admission is based on applicant's documentation, portfolio and an
The programme 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
tuition and scholarship for non EU citizens.
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification
comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification
from an internationally recognized university. Specific entry
requirements are: 60 ECTS in the field of Design + Portfolio.
Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course
English B/6. Read More.
Application for study year 2021/2022
Application is done through the national online
application service universityadmissions.se
You can only apply to UID programmes in the First
admission round, autumn semester at University
Admissions. (UID programmes do not participate in
the Second admission round, autumn semester nor in the Spring
Admission rounds.) This means that UID programmes are not open
for "late applications".
Application step by step
Step 1: Find the programme through the
search function at the on-line application service universityadmissions.se. Follow the
instructions! All documents should be uploaded or sent
to University Admissions, except portfolio
and motivation letter, which is sent directly to Umeå Institute of
Design. Important: keep your personal application number for
Step 2: Portfolio is
uploaded to Umeå Institute of Design webpage (See instructions
Upload your portfolio and a letter of
Both files should be PDFs. The portfolio should be
optimized for screen viewing (landscape format).
October 16, 2020
Application opens at universityadmissions.se
January 15, 2021
Last day to apply through universityadmissions.se Deadline at
February 1, 2021
Last day for supporting academic documents to be uploaded
at University Admissions.
Last day to upload your portfolio at UID web. Deadline at midnight
Deadline for application fee:
If you are non EU citizen, pay the application fee of 900 SEK.
If you are EU/EEA 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.
We see the portfolio as a fundamental way to express individual
interests, personality, artistic talent and one's visions for a
better future through design. Naturally, the portfolio also allows
us to understand the applicant's experience and current skill level
in industrial design. During the selection process, goals and
relevance of the design projects documented in the portfolio are
closely taken into consideration. This means that the motivation or
background story for the design proposals are important and should
be described in a visual and concise manner. A life-centric
approach, purposefulness and progressive thinking in design will
help setting the work apart from other applicants. The portfolio
should express one's creativity and artistic ability both by
freehand sketches and renderings. Aesthetic judgement and
understanding of three-dimensional form are very important skills
for a future transportation designer, and therefore should also be
documented in the portfolio.
We look at
- Overall capabilities and skill level in industrial design.
- Ability to identify relevant opportunities and to solve
problems using design as a process.
- Creative thinking and artistic ability expressed both by
freehand sketches and renderings.
- Three-dimensional form understanding. Pictures of mockups,
sculptures, physical or digital models must be presented. The
latter ideally will also represent the applicant's knowledge about
manufacturing technologies and materials.
There is no expectation that these three-dimensional work
samples will display experience in vehicle design. Different
industrial design projects showing one's reasoning to select ideas
and then moving those from 2D into 3D form are very welcome in the
The digital portfolio (PDF) should be optimised for screen
viewing (landscape format).
Using maximum one page (A4 size), please describe the reasons
why you would like to specialise in Transportation design.
The selection process based on the applicant's portfolio is done
in two steps. In the first step, about 20-30 applications are
shortlisted by the recruitment group. Shortlisting is based solely
on the talent displayed in the portfolios. Applicants who are
shortlisted to the second part of the selection process may be
given a creative assignment as preparation for the final
April 9, 2021
Notification of the selection results is sent out via University
If you are accepted to the programme, please visit the Migration Agency website to inform yourself on
practical visa and residency details.
Please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org