Imagine a design specialization where the focus is on the perspective of a child: On children’s 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- Academy 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 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.
General deadline, applies to everyone.)
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Tuition fee for the international students.)
European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.)
Tuition fee, for citizens from outside of the EU/EEA and Switzerland, is 202 700 SEK/academic year
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 tomorrow’s 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 issuesThe 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 children’s perspectives. On children’s and young people’s 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, children’s books and new media.
The specialization will take as its starting point each student’s 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.
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.
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.
International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Sweden when:
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