At Lund University School of Industrial Design (LUSID), we are focused on allowing students to shape themselves as designers. We encourage professional collaboration, pushing the boundaries of design and questioning society to effect change. With our position in Scandinavia, our international focus and our expansive facilities, we have the unique ability to allow students a platform to study remote areas in the field of design. From social activism to new material experimentation, we want to encourage our students to develop creativity and personality to become influential within – and beyond – the field of design.
In 1995 a new programme of study “Design Education” was established at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH). In 1999, with strong financial support from the IKEA Stichting Foundation, the program was expanded from 15 to 30 places in the 5 year program and, in 2002, students were housed in the newly built design center. Ingvar Kamprad (founder of IKEA) expressed that the new industrial design programme aimed to be the bridge between aesthetics and technology.
In 2007 the programme was divided into the 3+2 years format that exists today. The Swedish three-year Bachelor’s Programme yields a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, after which students can continue their studies by applying to the Master’s Programme. The two-year, international Master’s Programme would yield a Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design.
Design means more than assigning superficial qualities to things. Industrial design deals with the conception, development and design of industrially manufactured objects. The Division of Industrial Design offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in industrial design and conducts basic and applied research projects in collaboration with academic, industrial and public partners. The bachelor and master programmes are delivered within the School of Industrial Design. Our doctoral programme, offers licentiate and PhD degrees in industrial design.
The division is synonym to its international collegium with expertise and experience from practice and research in multiple areas.
In the School of Industrial Design we have pride in having two well-kept workshops – the Metal Workshop housed in IKDC and the Wood Workshop housed in A-Huset. Also, students have access to a fully equipped photo studio for practicing product photography. The design library contains resources related to industrial design studies, including reference literature and course materials.