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.