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


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.


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


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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