People first

Umeå Institute of Design

To design is to be in dialogue with the world around us, with the purpose of making a difference. To make things, and to make things happen, we engage with matters and materials; with capacities and contexts, with people and practices; with society, industry and environment.

At Umeå Institute of Design, this engagement is at the core of our philosophy. Our heartfelt passion for being in dialogue with people and with the world, stems from our Scandinavian tradition.

This is why:

• Our design approach puts people first, from design methodology to aesthetics

• We are committed to teamwork and to each individual student's learning process

• We work together to create a social and supportive environment,

Professional design practices have a strong presence in what we do

• Our projects are thoroughly collaborative, with external stakeholders and real issues

• Making things will always be a fundamental way of testing and explaining our ideas.

We are an international Swedish school, founded in 1989 with the aim of giving future designers the best possible start of a life-long professional and personal career.  As design is constantly evolving in response to changes in society and the environment, education and research at the Umeå Institute of Design aims to be at the forefront of addressing the future foundations of industrial design.

We welcome you to join us in shaping our common future. 

  • UID facts and figures

    Founding year: 1989

    This study year
    Full-time students: 137
    PhD students: 8
    Short course students: 220

    Total number of staff: 44
    Number of teaching staff: 31

    Bachelor programme: 1
    Master programmes: 3
    PhD programme: 1
    One-year course: 1
    Short courses: 9

    Full time students
    Nationalities represented: 27
    Swedish students: 64 (47%)
    EU/EES students: 49 (36%)
    Non-EU students: 24 (28%)

    Male students: 85 (62%)
    Female students: 52 (38%)

    Incoming exchange stud.: 11
    Outgoing exchange stud.: 2

    On internship/study break: 30