The Master's programme in Advanced Product Design develops your
design competence by providing professional tools, hands-on work
methods, creative challenges and an inspiring study environment.
The programme combines the analysis of complex contexts with the
identification of relevant design opportunities and a holistic
ideation scope, using visualisation techniques and the tools in the
professional oriented practice of industrial design. All of this
are integrated in relevant course and project challenges
designed to allow you to display your skillsets and
development. During your education the field of advanced
product design is explored with a mix of both individual
studies and group work. The programme is international in its
scope and all education is conducted in English and a majority of
our students come from abroad.
Develop design in real projects
Applied design projects form the backbone of the APD
programme. Projects usually include lectures, field trips and
user studies, workshops and group work and studio
work. Most projects concern problems that the students
identify themselves and not problems that have already been solved
countless times by other designers. The projects can address
anything from conceptualizing new technology solutions for
specialists, to the design for upcoming consumer needs, to the
design of professional tools within heavy industries.
Define your exam project
The fourth and final term is devoted entirely to the examination
project. You will carry out your exam project in cooperation with a
corporate sponsor or other external partner. It is important that
the project is seen as a collaboration and not a commission. You
are expected to define a problem area, establish contact with an
external partner and write a project brief that includes aims,
method description and anticipated deliverables.
Degree show with invited companies
All degree projects are presented at a big end-of-semester event
- the UID Design Talks & Degree Show. Here, students from all
programmes participate. In addition to students, relatives and
friends, the audience includes representatives from NGO's and
multinational companies from across the globe.
Internships allow you to develop your professional skills
as well as your own professional networks in preparation for a
future career in industrial design. The majoirty of the programme's
students take advantage of the school's support and broad network
of industry connections and do a full year of internships between
the first and the second year of the programme.
Year 1: Introduction
1 + CAID
in Product Design, Sound in
Industrial Design, Product
Analysis and Construction, Strategic
Year 2: Visual
Storytelling in Industrial Design, Conceptual
Product Solutions, Creative
Reflections on Product Design, Degree
Project in Advanced Product Design.
Our students become skilled at working with comprehensive
holistic concepts as well as the small details of product design.
Umeå Institute of Design is a top-ranked design education and the
industry appreciates UID alumni because the breadth of the
education and their ability to collaborate. Numerous well-known
companies around the world continue to employ our
Following your degree you have the opportunity to progress your
academic career through PhD studies.