Frequently Asked Questions

A lot of general questions can be answered through the International Student Guide

Do I need a degree in Industrial Design to be accepted to a MFA programme?

Holding a degree in industrial design is considered a positive but is not a requirement. 

The basic entry qualifications are 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

I do not have 60 ECTS credits in the Design subject, am I eligible?

You are unfortunately not eligible if your degree does not include at least 60 ECTS credits in the Design subject. To be eligible you need to do additional studies where you can get the required credits in the Design subject.

Can you look at my diploma/transcripts to see if I am eligible?

It is University Admissions that looks at and approves academic documents. Umeå Institute of Design only looks at the portfolio. University Admissions only assess academic documents if/when you have done an application and uploaded the documents.

How well should I communicate in English?

Your English proficiency should be equivalent to English 6/English B from the Swedish upper secondary education. Information on how to meet the requirement can be found at University Admissions.

Where do I upload my portfolio?

You upload your portfolio here at UID website. At each programme you have instructions and link to upload. Note that if you are applying for more than one MFA programme you need to upload a portfolio for each programme. Do NOT upload at your account at

What should my portfolio include?

Each programme has a specific requirement concerning portfolios. When you start to upload your portfolio you will get information on size, format, how to name your portfolio and more. We do not give specific instructions about the content since, it is your decision how to present yourself and your design work.

Can you look at my website/portfolio and tell me if I am good enough to apply?

We are not allowed to give pre-assessment. We start to look at portfolios after the application deadline.

Can I apply for a master´s programme if I´m in my last year of bachelor´s studies?

Yes you can. You need to submit an official document from your current university stating that you are likely to be awarded your bachelor's degree by the start of the programme. Please see the information provided by University Admissions for specific information on how to do this:  final year of bachelor's studies 

Do I have to learn Swedish to study at UID?

No, our MFA programmes are taught completely in English. The only educations in Swedish are the three-year BFA programme and most of the short single-subject courses. The daily language of communication and information at UID is English.

How difficult is it to be accepted to UID?

We look for talent and skills of different kinds in the different educations, and the number of applicants vary from year to year, so it is difficult to give a general answer. But, it is always worth applying! Of course you don't need to be a fully trained designer before applying - after all, that is what you want to come here to become, isn't it?

Are there any grants or scholarships available for study at the school?

Students from non-EU countries have the possibility to apply for fee reduction of the tuition fees. For more information on admission for none EU applicants, click here.

Can I start the course in the spring term, or can I come as a guest student in the spring term?

Due to the nature of the programme and its sequence of activities, a number of obligatory basic skills are taught in the fall semester. If the student has not passed these courses they cannot participate in several of the courses that follow. Thus, in principle we do not accept applications for the spring term.

Should I bring my own computer with me?

The school encourages the students to have their own computer at their workplace, where there are network connections available at no extra cost. Some necessary software is also provided for use here at the school. There are also three computer laboratories at the school for computer courses or for use by students who do not have their own computer.