BSc in IT Design: Broad Curricular Base

Students on this programme develop skills to carry out a wide range of tasks, such as adapting and purchasing enterprise systems and developing advanced programmes to suit a growing industry. Most businesses today use some form of IT-systems. The application, development, and integration of these, often complex, systems require the assistance of a specialist in IT-Design. The IT design programmes offer flexible study opportunities. This programme offers a broad curricular base for all students before they choose one of three majors: Enterprise Systems and Economy, Software Design or Information Systems Design. If you choose the broad curricular base pathway, you can choose your area of specialization later. The aim of the programme is to provide a platform and useful knowledge for the IT field and employment that is both stimulating and challenging. The IT-Design programme offers great opportunities to establish contacts with local businesses. It prepares for a future in the IT industry.


The education in the IT-Design programme starts off with a broad base in IT and activities preparing for further studies in one of the three majors. No prior IT knowledge is required. It is enough that you are interested in IT and eager to find out more about IT opportunities. Karlstad University, therefore, offers an IT broad curricular base programme suitable both for those who are familiar with the IT world and those who are not. Choosing the broad curricular base gives you the chance to learn more about the different roles and perspectives before choosing a specialization.

Form of Instruction

Instruction is in the form of lectures, laboratory work, seminars, and projects. On an average, there are three to five days of scheduled classes a week at Karlstad University. Students will also participate in various projects. Active participation in the courses is required and students are expected to study extensively, and gradually more and more independently, on their own. This is a full-time study programme. A web-based communication platform is used in some courses as the compliment.


Examination formats vary from course to course and can include written exams, oral exams, hand-in assignments or take-home exams. Examination usually takes place at the end of each course, module, or unit.

Professional Contact

The teaching on the courses is firmly tied to the industry, and students will have the opportunity to connect with local businesses, for example in the writing of their degree projects. Students will also meet with guest lecturers and participate in field studies.

Course of Study

The studies involve full-time work with an average of 20 hours scheduled classes a week. Students spend the rest of their time working on group projects. Active participation is required in the courses and students are expected to study extensively on their own. Field studies and laboratory sessions are frequent and usually mandatory.

Employment Market

IT-design broad curricular base prepares for one of three majors: Enterprise Systems and Economy, Software Design or Information Systems Design. For more information on job opportunities, see under the heading of the respective specialization areas.


Upon completion of the programme, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science or Art.

Further Studies

Upon completion of the programme you may choose to continue towards a Master"s degree in, for instance, Project Management. You can also continue studying at Master"s level and at the doctoral level in Computer Science, Business Administration or Information Systems. The subject in which your Master"s degree will be awarded will depend on your previous studies.

This course is Campus based
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