Applied Arts and Design, Wood oriented Furniture design, Master | University of Gothenburg | Göteborg, Sweden
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Applied Arts and Design, Wood oriented Furniture design

24 months
26052 EUR/year
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If you study in the Applied Arts and Design, Wood oriented Furniture design programme of the University of Gothenburg, you will engage in a hands-on and explorative design process through craft and material and be encouraged to reflect on your future role as a designer interacting with the user’s needs.



In the Applied Arts and Design, Wood oriented Furniture design programme of the University of Gothenburg, we stress the strong relationship between your work as a designer and the needs of society. Our pedagogic approach and a strong characteristic of the programme stresses that using our hands and the material offers a wide base for developing innovative solutions and ideas and pursuing a design process focused on the user’s needs.

Material-led, hands-on learning in a unique learning environment

In the unique academic environment in Dals Långed, 170 kilometres north of Gothenburg, you will have access to some of Europe’s most well-equipped workshops, together with individual workplaces, computers, and software, empowering you to work wholeheartedly within your field. We have a long history of engagement in global and local society, with education in craft and design existing at our location since around 1930. Our programme is interdisciplinary and incorporates handicrafts, art, crafts, and design. Though you will focus on wood-oriented furniture design, you will work in a mutually beneficial learning environment with students of metal art and textile-body-space, all pursuing various methods of working with diverse materials. 

An entrepreneurial approach

Our programme offers freedom to pursue projects formulated from your own ideas and requires a high degree of independence and personal motivation, with tutoring and supervision to support you. You will learn to relate to materials, body, and space through your material-based creative work, critical perspectives, and societal engagement, training you to move easily between practice and theory. We encourage you to develop your own style and voice and to pursue your own interests and goals for your future practice. Our highly international group works in close collaboration with the surrounding local community. This network allows mutually beneficial critiquing and an encouraging environment for solving problems. You will formulate your projects along with your professor in relevance to your course work and specialization.

Specializing in wood-oriented furniture design

The specialization in wood-oriented furniture design is designed for you who want to use wood when developing furniture, products, and services for future needs. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a holistic and sustainable approach to issues often centred on social development. You will have access to local timber (kiln-dried on location) well-equipped workshops with the tools and machinery necessary for contemporary furniture production (including laser engraving and a five-axis CNC machine) and additional workshops for other materials. Research-oriented experiments are conducted in the workshops, focusing on materials, techniques, and context.

Programme Structure

  • During the first year, you familiarize yourself with the workshops and machinery and begin your studio project. You will gain a basic understanding of research and entrepreneurship, expand your subject knowledge, formulate an action plan for your future practice, and build up your portfolio with projects.
  • The second year relates contemporary issues to your own work. You will write a background text and reflect on the context and form of presentation of your degree project. An external mentor will assist you during your degree project, and examinations include external opponents. The spring term ends with a degree exhibition. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts or equivalent of at least 180 credits, and approved work samples
  • The work samples should demonstrate artistic and technical ability, both of which are necessary to fully benefit from the programme
  • Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS

Your portfolio for MFA Programme in Applied Arts and Design should be written in English and include:

  • CV
  • Letter of intent
  • Documentation of your work

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26052 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 52105 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 568,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students

Living costs for Göteborg

7552 - 13932 SEK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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