Industrial design can be understood as a process that makes the user central in the development of new products, services and environments.
The Industrial Design programme (180 credits) is about applied design for sustainable development. Applied design means that theoretical design knowledge is put into practice. “Sustainable development” is a general term for a sustainable society with social, economic and ecological aspects where the relationship between material/production and human/environment is central. New materials, primarily based on forest products, together with sustainable development constitute the local profile of the programme. As an industrial designer, you will work with design processes to create new products, services and environments for the society of the future. In these design processes, function, visual design, the user’s needs and requirements, technology, materials, market, brand and economics are important aspects.
The programme is based on theory combined with practice, an integrated approach where you are trained in problem solving, theoretical reasoning and practical modelling. Throughout the entire programme, you will be trained in reflective writing where theory and your own practice are compared and critically discussed. Interest in aesthetic expression is just as important as curiosity in and ability to comprehend theoretical reasoning. Combined this will give you a good basis to be active in the stimulating profession of industrial designer. The design process, the combined work of interpreting prerequisites and producing design solutions, is central in the course of study. Ethical and societal issues are given particular space within the design process.
The programme uses work processes with active student involvement, based on problems or specific questions, where in design processes you develop new concepts and solutions in a methodical, deliberate way. The programme is project-intensive, and a total of about 30 projects of varying size and complexity will be completed during the course of study. As part of the design process many contacts with users and business will be made, which strengthens the designer’s future professional role. During the first year of the program, you will learn the fundamental concepts and methods and be trained in visualization and modelling. The design process is also introduced. During the second year, you will learn various ways to relate to sustainability, which include ecodesign, life-cycle analysis, forest product-based materials, environmental psychology and ergonomics. During the third year, studies will go more deeply into production-adapted design, communication of design and scientific design. The programme has a clear progression that concludes with a longer final project that can be completed as a modelling project integrated with written reflection.
A qualified industrial designer will be attractive on the labor market on the basis of expertise in design methods and knowledge of sustainability issues and forest products. Industrial designers often work in teams with other types of professional expertise. You also have the possibility to work with your own ideas or as an independent consultant with external commissions. Project work is common and can lead to permanent employment at design offices, design departments or other organizations. After the degree, you also have possibilities to apply for advanced studies at the master’s level, at the majority of universities in Sweden or internationally.