Child Culture Design, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    21167 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
Child Culture Design is a design programme from the University of Gothenburg that welcomes you, whether your interest is in products, architecture, visual communication, and/or interaction design.


Imagine a design specialization where the focus is on the perspective of a child: On childrens play, pedagogy, development, culture, health and above all on the tools of play. On the participation and inlfuence of childen and youth on society. Imagine a design specialization that utilizes the great existing bank of knowledge that has been accumulated in Sweden, in such areas as play, health care, education and communication. This vision became a reality at HDK- Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, with the introduction of the Child Culture Design Programme, CCD, a design programme unlike any other.

Sweden is best in the class when it comes to children.
The distinguished child competence that Sweden has is a unique platform for future development. In this development design plays an important role. Child Culture Design is a design programme that welcomes you, whether your interest is in products, architecture, visual communication, and/or interaction design.

Child Culture Design is based on knowledge of the game, we play very seriously.The central activity of the child's life is play. It is specific, creative and immersive. By focusing on children's play, children's perspectives and their specific conditions we have created a master program that has no equivalent in the world. Through the understanding of children's culture, we learn about human beings and our role as a designer in a contemporary context. Child Culture Design is a field that is growing in knowledge, need and demand both nationally and internationally.

In Child Culture Design you will make use of your practical and theoretical knowledge and skills through the framework of set courses and projects. Such projects will be carried out in cooperation with external partners and range over various fields such as: environments for children, artefacts within these environments, tools of play, interactive objects, outdoor play equipment, children's books and new media.

A main aspect of this programme is to train students to apply and translate cross-disciplinary knowledge and research to design practice.

Programme Structure

A major part of the specialization is concerned with putting knowledge and research on child culture into practice in design projects. Which questions will turn up on tomorrows design agenda? Our hope of a sustainable society needs to permeate everything we do and so also the critical point of view. Social sustainability is always present with questions about equality, ethics, economy and justice

aim of the specialization is to give you advanced knowledge about creative processes and the possibility of forming your own clearly defined attitude to the subject of design. You will simultaneously be provided with specialist qualifications for focusing on childrens perspectives. On childrens and young peoples participation and influence in society.

A major element of Child Culture Design involves meetings with different kinds of competence. You will be training your practical and theoretical capabilities within the entire range of courses and projects. These will be carried out in cooperation with external partners and extend over areas like for example the shaping of environments where children spend their time, the products of these environments, toys, interactive items, outdoor playthings, childrens books and new media.
Theory and practice are equal during the period of study and opportunities are provided for projects formulated by you as well as directed projects, in cooperation with trade and industry and society.
The programme is carried out through projects, lectures, seminars, workshops, thematic work and your own individual work.

The specialization will take as its starting point each students individual goals and begin with an introductory course where you may get to know the school along with the methods and requirements of Child Culture Design.


  • The Construction of Childhood
  • Play, Perception and Culture
  • Children and Society
  • Preparation for Degree Project
  • Master Degree Project, Child Culture Design

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Design or equivalent of at least 180 hec. 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21167 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42334 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

  • Application fee 900 SEK
  • Full programme cost 405 400 SEK
  • First payment 101 350 SEK

Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.


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