Admissions to Industrial Design Intensive

General facts

Between 15 and 20 students are admitted to the course every year. Several exchange students may be accepted for one or two semesters.

Admission is based on applicant's documentation and home assignment.

The course 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 admission for non EU citizens.

Eligibility: Applicants must previously have conducted, and passed, a minimum of one year of full time university studies, 60 credits (60 ECTS) or the equivalent + home assignment.
Applicants are required to show a high level of English proficiency (equivalent to English B/6 from Swedish Upper Secondary School). Read More.


Application study year 2020/2021

General application is now closed.

How to apply?

Application to Industrial Design Intensive is made in two steps.

Firstly, an application is made through University Admissions. Find the course through the search function at Follow the instructions! All documents should be uploaded or sent to University Admissions, except home assignment. Important: keep your registration/personal application number for further steps.
Secondly, a home assignment consisting of several specified tasks should be completed and sent in by regular mail directly to the Umeå Institute of Design.

October 16, 2019
The application opens at

January 15, 2020
Last day to apply through Deadline at midnight CET.

February 3, 2020
Last day for supporting academic documents to be uploaded at University Admissions. Deadline at midnight CET.
Last day for home assignment to arrive in Umeå. Deadline at 16.00 CET.

Deadline for application fee:
If you are non EU citizen, pay the application fee of 900SEK.

If you are EU 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.

Home assignment

  1. The home assignments can be found here. 

  2. Submit the home assignments in physical format. If no specification is made in the
    instructions, you may draw, cut and paste, use a computer, and utilise materials of your choice. The home assignment pages can be in standing (portrait) or landscape A4/letter format, using papers of your own choice.

  3. Write your personal application number (received from, 8 or 9 digit number) on each page of the home assignment tasks, and your name on the back sides of the papers.

  4. Write "IDI" on the envelope, and mail it to:
    Umeå Institute of Design
    Umeå University
    SE-901 87 Umeå

    If sending your home assignment with a delivery firm, please use: Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Östra Strandgatan 28 A, SE-903 33 Umeå, Sweden.

  5. Make sure your home assignment arrives at UID no later than February 3.

We look at

  •  ability to define design problems

  • innovation and creativity in solutions

  • visualisation and visual communication skills

  • ability to explain ideas

  • sketching skills and potential for developing these skills


Notification status

April 20, 2020
Notification of the selection results sent out via University Admissions.

If admitted

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

Further questions?

Please contact us, by writing an email to