Child Culture Design, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
Child Culture Design (CCD) is a field that is growing in knowledge, need and demand both nationally and internationally. 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.


About the programme

The aim is to combine the subject design and the artistic practice with child culture and children's culture. An artistic and humanistic view permeates the education.

One of the cornerstones is working to create a sustainable society, not only in the ecological sense but also with regard to social equality, gender equality, ethics, economy and issues of social justice. A vital aspect is collaboration with organisations and other actors with common goals.



The programme is carried out through projects, lectures, seminars, workshops, thematic work and your own individual work. 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 the shaping of environments where children spend their time, the products of these environments, toys, outdoor play objects, children’s books, new media, processes and methods.

The relationship between children's culture and child culture will be problematized in order to relate the subject of design to the concept of child culture. Through a series of lectures, you will be given the opportunity to take part of multidisciplinary research, and gain practice in referring to research results in their design projects.


Work areas/continuing studies

After your education, you’ll have the possibility to work as a designer, with play, child culture and children’s perspectives as your special qualification.

Within the field of design, you can work in traditional areas like product and industrial design, interior design or graphic design. HDK’s education, which extends beyond traditional professional boundaries, will also give you the possibility of creating your own path beyond those traditional professional boundaries.

A master degree in design will also qualify you for further applications to post-graduate studies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 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.

    Book IELTS
  • 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 Applies to you

    26904 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53808 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Application fee 900 SEK
  • Full programme cost 528 000 SEK
  • First payment 132 000 SEK

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


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