M.A. Child Culture Design

University of Gothenburg

Application deadline: January 15, 2014
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 21,850 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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. In the Fall of 2009 this vision became a reality at HDK- School of Design and Crafts, Universtiy of Gothenburg, with the introduction of the Child Culture Design Programme, CCD, a design programme unlike any other.

Sweden is best in the world when it comes to children.

According to Unicef, the UN organisation for childrens rights, Sweden is the only country in the world meeting all the demands on the Unicef 10-point list. 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.

The central activity in childrens lives is play.

It is specific, creative and all-absorbing. Child Culture Design takes knowledge about play as its starting point, which involves devising an educational training scheme in which we take play seriously.

CCD has no equivalent anywhere else in the world.

By focusing on childrens play along with childrens perspectives and special requirements, we are bringing into being a design specialization that has no equivalent anywhere else in the world. Related programmes to be found internationally focus without exception on products.

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, artifacts 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 projects. The main language of the programme is English.

After completing the programme you will be qualified to work as a designer specializing in fields such as product desing, interior design and graphic design. You will also have a specialized competence to work with play, child culture and child perspective. The programme also qualifies you to apply for further post-graduate studies.

The development of Child Culture Design is being actualised with support from the KK Foundation. It will be carried out in cooperation with:

BRIO, Träcentrum in Nässjö, HAGS, Ergonomidesign, Astrid Lindgrens World, Halmstad University, Kalmar University, Centre for the Studies of Children's Culture at Stockholm University, Ågrenska Foundation, Röhsska Museum.

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Round about us we see a growing need for an attitude that is more prepared to exceed given limits within the field of design. Cooperation and collaboration across the borders set up by subjects and competences are necessary to meet future challenges. HDK has therefore devised design programmes without traditional professional boundaries, programmes that are thus unique in Scandinavia.
This also influences the form tuition takes: you collaborate with fellow students who have different design orientations such as graphic design, product design, industrial design and interior design for example. During your period of study you will in this way deepen your understanding of the entire field of design, and you will develop a wide circle of contacts.
Child Culture Design is a specialisation within the HDK Design Programme, MA level. Tuition is mostly carried out in project form, in groups or individually. During project studies you will be given support and supervision by teachers and technicians who are qualified in different specialised fields. External partners will contribute with specialist competence in the field of children and play.

Independent projects are sandwiched with joint workshops, current issues seminars and lectures on subjects of immediate interest such as for example theory of science, cultural semiotics, research methods, project skills and presentation techniques.
As a student at Child Culture Design you have the possibility of influencing the content and orientation of your education. We attach great importance to your own learning process and to your being mature enough for a free form of teaching.
You will have access to well-equipped computer halls, workshops, studios and library.
The programme is carried out in English. Individual supervision is offered in Swedish and/or English.

Requirements

You are eligible to the programme if you have a Bachelors degree in Design and English B level or English proficiency equivalent to:

* IELTS 6.5 no part under 5.5 or
* TOEFL paper-based score 4,5 (scale 1-6) in written test, 575 p or
* TOEFL internet-based score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test, total score of 90

This requierement does not apply to students with a BA degree from an English speaking university or to students having passed English level B at Swedish/Nordic Upper Secondary School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575

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