Admissions to MFA in Advanced Product Design

 General facts

About 10-12 students are admitted to the programme every year, plus 2 exchange students may be accepted for one or two semesters.

Admission is based on applicant's documentation, portfolio and an interview.

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 fees 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 2022/2023

Application closed on January 17

Application is done through the national online application service

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 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 further steps.  

Step 2: Portfolio is uploaded to Umeå Institute of Design webpage (See instructions below)

Upload your portfolio and a letter of motivation
Link to portfolio upload  - upload is now closed
You are required to upload a letter of motivation and digital portfolio. Both files should be PDFs. The portfolio should be optimized for screen viewing (landscape format). Note that no printed portfolios/ physical media (CD, DVD, USB-stick) will be accepted.

October 18, 2021
Application opens at

January 17, 2022
Last day to apply through Deadline at midnight CET.

February 1, 2022

  • Last day for supporting academic documents to be uploaded at University Admissions.
  • Last day to upload your portfolio at UID web. Deadline at midnight CET.
  • 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.

Portfolio requirement

The portfolio should ideally show several work samples related to industrial design.  Through these examples we would like to see and understand your work and thinking process and the creative skillsets you prefer to utilize in your design process.
The digital portfolio (PDF) should be optimized for screen viewing (landscape format).
If you have video material published on-line that are relevant to your portfolio and application, please include these as a web link in the PDF (and password if needed).

We are curious to see and understand:

  • Your use of sketching as a way to ideate throughout the design process

  • Your methods for identifying and solving problems using design thinking

  • Your way of using 2D and 3D software to visualize and communicate

  • Your approach to formgiving and how you express yourself through design

  • Your experiences with working individually or in smaller teams or larger groups

  • Your curiosity for technology, materials, production and sustainability

  • Your personal view and thoughts on industrial design's future role in society

  • The overall originality and refinement of your work

Motivation letter

Please share with us the reasons why you are applying to the Advanced Product Design programme and what you personally would like to explore and learn through your studies  (maximum two A4 pages). 


Selection process

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 will be contacted for an interview.

Notification status

April 7, 2022
Notification of the selection results is sent out via University Admissions.

If admitted

If you are accepted to the programme, please visit the Migration Agency website to inform yourself on practical visa and residency details.

Further questions?

Please contact us, by writing an email to