Product Design 180 ECTS
Do you want to design tomorrow’s products? The Beckmans Product Design programme emphasises the broad scope of the subject, with a focus on product design.
Design is a field that is constantly developing. Product design influences our way of life, how we move through a room, or what discussions arise.The Design programme at Beckmans emphasises the wide scope of this field – from unique pieces to serial production in materials such as wood, textile, glass, ceramics, metal and paper.Beckmans offers courses in Product Design at BA and foundation level.
BA in Art and Design, 180 ECTS
The Product Design study programme provides you with the artistic and professional skills required for a rewarding career, designing products, objects and spaces in Sweden and internationally.
Many interesting and successful designers studied at the Beckmans College of Design, including Monica Förster, Anna Kraitz, Fredrik Paulsen and Margot Barolo, who is now deputy head of the Design programme.
Product design and design methodology
The main subject, Product Design, includes segments on furniture design, product design, interior design, material knowledge, technical drawing, and lighting. You will practise design methodology and how to apply design processes. You will elaborate on ideas and concepts, which will be visualised in physical or spatial designs. You will acquire tools for two- and three-dimensional communication.
Sustainability and diversity
Today's designers naturally need to relate to issues of sustainability and diversity.By consistently highlighting and discussing urgent social issues, the Beckmans College of Design educates designers who are creative and analytical and can work in and help develop Swedish and international businesses and institutions.
Exhibitions and networks
Throughout your studies, you will present your design to the industry, the media and the public, at exhibitions such as the Stockholm Furniture Fair.You will gain experience in how to create and dramatise an exhibition concept, its construction and lighting, and how your design can be communicated to the industry, the media and the general public.
Throughout your studies you will build networks in the business which will be invaluable to your future career.You will have placements in design companies, including design studios and major corporations.
Theory and practice
Today, professional designers need a palette of skills and personal qualities, an awareness of contexts and interests, the ability to work in a team and independently, and to operate locally and globally.
Developing your artistic talents and your personal creative style is important to us. Our aim is to encourage students to become independent creators, who will ultimately contribute to developing the field of design. With this in view, we alternate continuously between theory and practice.
In addition to the primary subject of Product Design (142.5 credits), we include courses in Artistic Representation (19.5 credits), where you develop your artistic skills, and History, Theory, Context (18 credits), to give you the tools to reflect on context.
A unique feature at the Beckmans College of Design is our collaborations with professionals and organisations in the design industry. You will be inspired by our current, influential guest teachers and meet exciting associates within the scope of the many projects included in the course.
In autumn 2014, for instance, Year 2 collaborated with the Nobel Museum, where they designed an exhibition, while Year3 designed glass tableware for Svenskt Tenn.Two of the student-designed glass pieces will soon be launched into production by the company.
A number of courses are held jointly with the Beckmans programmes for Fashion and Visual Communications, to expand your understanding of other disciplines and extend your skills and networks in design and communication.
Your three years at Beckmans
Your first year will consist of a variety of separate courses. The main subject is product design, and you will work with a variety of materials, including wood, textiles and clay. Alongside this, you will study presentation techniques and design methods.In the second year, you will expand your new knowledge, while working on spatial design.
In the final year, the focus will be on your future career as a designer. You will engage more independently in larger projects, involving objects that will be presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and your own graduation piece, which will be featured at the Beckmans graduate exhibition.
Professional development is a subject that will be pursued throughout all three years. You will also receive coaching and support regularly from our professionally active teachers.
This study programme will develop your creativity and focuses on originality, innovation and artistic and design talent.You will build a portfolio of work that summarises your knowledge and skills, in view of further studies, future assignments and work.
BA in Product Design
The programme leads to a BA in Fine Arts, with a major in Product Design. Our students also have the opportunity to stay on for an MA.
Professionally active teachers
All our teachers are professionally active in different areas of design.
“Very high quality”
When the Swedish Higher Education Authority reviewed various art education offered at university level in Sweden in 2014, the Beckmans College of Design’s BA programme in Design was judged to be of “very high quality”.