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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) 14000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


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.


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


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

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


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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