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Teaching at Design School Kolding is based on research and practice. Comprehensive knowledge of materials, techniques, methods, and theory are combined with the ability to place design and products in societal and business contexts. 

Artistic development work within a frame of design professionalism is pivotal. A substantial part of this work takes place within the framework of The LAB which is an innovative room for experiments where education, business and cultural institutions meet to create new ideas using design as a tool. Business collaboration enables students to focus on real cases and the real problems facing globalised society. This results in aware, capable and grounded students who receive great recognition and deal with meaningful issues even while they are still studying, and when they graduate as designers continue to work in exciting and important international settings.

Objectives for learning accomplishments are considered within an international context. The school gives priority to international exchange of students and employees and affiliating high-profile international visiting faculty to its already internationally oriented staff. Each year the school “exports” classes to universities in places such as Shanghai and Ghana to collaborate with local students on designing creative solutions to local or common challenges. Design School Kolding's much respected annual DesignCamp is a master-class for students from selected design schools and universities around the world, who gather to develop design solutions assisted by international designers and educators.

Design School Kolding has just short of 380 active students and a number of PhD students, including industrial PhD students. Every year, the school admits around 90 new students. In addition, the school offers a Master’s programme in design management in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark.

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Aagade 10
DK-6000 Kolding

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Design for People | Master 2 years

Design for People

Master (2 years) of Industrial Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Textiles, Accessory Design, 120 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts

Institution Design School Kolding
Campus Campus Kolding
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 13000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Website https://www.designskolenkolding.dk/en/design-people

Description

Design for People is aimed at students who are professionally bold, possess a social and societal awareness, wish to adopt an exploratory, critical and open-minded approach and want to focus their design practices on social agendas in an interdisciplinary forum.
We teach theory, processes and methods to make you develop design projects which can solve human, social and societal challenges.

You learn to
  • use stakeholder involvement as a foundation for better design solutions
  • master complexity when designing within the human, social and societal challenges
  • design relations for improved living conditions
We work with thematic approaches such as empathic design, critical design, speculative design, participatory design, co-design and transformative design. You will explore new ways to address visions of a socially sustainable future by focusing on design, users, stakeholders, creativity, empathy, ethics, complex problem solving, and critical thinking. You will also be skilled to enter the complex space between people and technology, with the aim to make new technology desirable for future users.

Design for People reinforces and challenges the fields of industrial design, fashion design, textile design, accessory design and communication design. 

The curriculum can be found here

Career Opportunities  

Specialising in Design for People will equip you with knowledge and skills to challenge the status quo and point towards a more socially sustainable future.
Design processes and design methodology can make a difference in all areas of society. Depending on your speciality, you can choose to work with e.g. fashion, jewellery, shoes, interior or graphic design, and perhaps you will be able to get a job at e.g. Ecco or LEGO, which are some of Design School Kolding’s regular collaboration partners. In addition, your training gives you a variety of general competences that can also get you a job in areas that you do not usually associate with design, for instance health care, local government, etc.

Admission  

To be admitted to this programme, you must meet requirements. 
Read more about the admission requirements here

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Enquire with the school about the language requirements of this programme

Apply directly to Design School Kolding.
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Film pitch (make a two-minute video pitch to present yourself and why you want to pursue an MA degree in Design. For one of the two minutes you must speak directly into the camera.)
  • Portfolio (max 10 MB if attached; you can also submit a link to your online portfolio)
  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • BA certificate
  • Copy of your passport if you are not Danish
Please note that we might contact you to request a follow-up interview on Skype.

Read more about the application process here

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Design School Kolding directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education http://en.fivu.dk/recognition

Tuition

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students with a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. Enquire with the school about the tuition fee.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at http://en.fivu.dk/

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System





Autumn uptake

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Campus Kolding

Description

Design School Kolding differs from traditional universities in that the intake is based on talent. The School develops and cherishes talent, and challenges it by teaching students to reflect on their own process and on how to cooperate through projects drawn from a specific user context – often in collaboration with the business community.

Design School Kolding builds on the tradition of Danish design, placing focus on design which is meaningful. Innovation is conceived in relating to history and tradition. School methodology builds on knowledge and research and place emphasis on sensory perception and experimentation – a union of hand and spirit, head and hands.

Design School Kolding has university status and provides a framework for a number of recognised researchers in a young field of research as well as an increasing output of PhD projects. Emphasis is placed on putting design into practice reflected in the school's good workshop facilities where students can work with their material in a 1:1 scale. It is important to the school that its in-house teachers practice what they teach and the school makes use of a large number of guest teachers to ensure inspiration from professional practice.

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Design for Planet | Master 2 years

Design for Planet

Master (2 years) of Communication Design, Industrial Design, Fashion, Textiles, Accessory Design, 120 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts

Institution Design School Kolding
Campus Campus Kolding
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 13000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Website https://www.designskolenkolding.dk/en/design-planet

Description

Design for Planet is for those who are professionally bold and curious and who want to direct their practice towards sustainable agendas. 
The Programme enables you to adopt sustainability as a fundamental mindset. This allows you to create new and relevant products and services that are valuable and meaningful to users, along with new business developments within for instance circular economy and sharing economy. 
We apply innovative practical working methods within a wide range of topics such as: past use and production practices, user studies, material driven design, speculative prototyping, critical design, holistic systems, circular and sharing economy, design activism and cultural intervention. 
Design for Planet offers the opportunity to work with design of materials, products, services, systems, experiences and cultural changes. Hence, throughout the course, students will be acquainted with different design contexts and designer roles.

Design for Planet reinforces and challenges the fields of industrial design, fashion design, textile design, accessory design and communication design. 

The curriculum can be found here

Career Opportunities  

Either as an employee in a company, an organisation, or an institution or as self-employed, you can design and develop products, including communication, that focus on sustainability. 

The programme prepares you to have a systemic approach to working with sustainability in production and use. This could involve circular economy, product lifespan and new services in the private and public sectors. This enables you to help develop sustainable strategies and change within companies and organisations throughout the value chain. 

Your experiences with holistic thinking and process planning in relation to many types of approaches to sustainability along with your experiences with cross-disciplinary collaborations could also make you a valued consultant. 

In addition, the programme prepares you to pursue an academic career.

Admission  

To be admitted to this programme, you must meet requirements.


In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Enquire with the school about the language requirements of this programme

Apply directly to Design School Kolding.
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Film pitch (make a two-minute video pitch to present yourself and why you want to pursue an MA degree in Design. For one of the two minutes you must speak directly into the camera.)
  • Portfolio (max 10 MB if attached; you can also submit a link to your online portfolio)
  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • BA certificate
  • Copy of your passport if you are not Danish
Please note that we might contact you to request a follow-up interview on Skype.
Read more about the application process here

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Design School Kolding directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education http://en.fivu.dk/recognition

Tuition

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students with a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. Enquire with the school about the tuition fee.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at http://en.fivu.dk/

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System
 




Autumn uptake

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 01

Campus Kolding

Description

Design School Kolding differs from traditional universities in that the intake is based on talent. The School develops and cherishes talent, and challenges it by teaching students to reflect on their own process and on how to cooperate through projects drawn from a specific user context – often in collaboration with the business community.

Design School Kolding builds on the tradition of Danish design, placing focus on design which is meaningful. Innovation is conceived in relating to history and tradition. School methodology builds on knowledge and research and place emphasis on sensory perception and experimentation – a union of hand and spirit, head and hands.

Design School Kolding has university status and provides a framework for a number of recognised researchers in a young field of research as well as an increasing output of PhD projects. Emphasis is placed on putting design into practice reflected in the school's good workshop facilities where students can work with their material in a 1:1 scale. It is important to the school that its in-house teachers practice what they teach and the school makes use of a large number of guest teachers to ensure inspiration from professional practice.

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Design for Play | Master 2 years

Design for Play

Master (2 years) of Design for Play, 120 ECTS
Architecture, design and visual arts

Institution Design School Kolding
Campus Campus Kolding
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 13000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Website https://www.designskolenkolding.dk/en/design-for-play

Description

Design for Play is for students who like to explore new paths and challenge themselves and others through playful experiences. You will become a frontrunner for new ways of designing in a society that is increasingly requiring more and better creative competences.
You will experience play as a motivational factor in design and development processes and get to design play experiences for people of all ages. You will build on your basic design discipline and design for play using relevant knowledge, tools and methods.

You will work in cross-disciplinary groups and on various levels with external partners and learn to:
  • analyse, identify and design specific play experiences
  • use play to support development, learning and experiences 
  • design relevant play as seen from a children’s and user perspective
  • be aware of different play cultures
  • develop and intervene in processes using a playful approach
  • work with play systematically and through research and theory 

The programme was established with the LEGO Foundation and the LEGO Group and is the world’s first, exclusive two-year international Master’s Degree programme within Design for Play. 

Design for Play reinforces and challenges the fields of industrial design, fashion design, textile design, accessory design and communication design. 

The curriculum can be found here


Career Opportunities  

You can get a job in many types of industries and organisations depending on your interests and competence profile. You can design children's products, for instance at LEGO, HABA, Kompan, Ikea and Toca Boca. Or you can design playful experiences in museums, experience parks, schools and hospitals. You will be able to contribute with playful approaches in design companies and design agencies at product, process and strategy levels. Your experiences with play for all ages will make you a suited ambassador for play within NGOs such as The LEGO Foundation, UNICEF, etc. The programme also qualifies you to pursue an academic career in universities and design schools, and to become a facilitator, teacher or communicator in design and play. 

Admission 

To be admitted to this programme, you must meet requirements. 

Read more about the admission requirements here

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Enquire with the school about the language requirements of this programme

Apply directly to Design School Kolding.
Your application must include the following:
  • Motivated application
  • Film pitch (make a two-minute video pitch to present yourself and why you want to pursue an MA degree in Design. For one of the two minutes you must speak directly into the camera.)
  • Portfolio (max 10 MB if attached; you can also submit a link to your online portfolio)
  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • BA certificate
  • Copy of your passport if you are not Danish
Please note that we might contact you to request a follow-up interview on Skype.

Read more about the application process here

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Design School Kolding directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education
http://en.fivu.dk/recognition


Tuition

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students with a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. Enquire with the school about the tuition fee.

For Further Information 

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at http://ufm.dk/en

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in
Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section
The Danish Higher Education System














Autumn uptake

Application date
Mar 01
Start date
Sep 02

Campus Kolding

Description

Design School Kolding differs from traditional universities in that the intake is based on talent. The School develops and cherishes talent, and challenges it by teaching students to reflect on their own process and on how to cooperate through projects drawn from a specific user context – often in collaboration with the business community.

Design School Kolding builds on the tradition of Danish design, placing focus on design which is meaningful. Innovation is conceived in relating to history and tradition. School methodology builds on knowledge and research and place emphasis on sensory perception and experimentation – a union of hand and spirit, head and hands.

Design School Kolding has university status and provides a framework for a number of recognised researchers in a young field of research as well as an increasing output of PhD projects. Emphasis is placed on putting design into practice reflected in the school's good workshop facilities where students can work with their material in a 1:1 scale. It is important to the school that its in-house teachers practice what they teach and the school makes use of a large number of guest teachers to ensure inspiration from professional practice.

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