Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design + Change


Program Description

Do you want to use design to make a difference in the world? Then this is the right degree for you. The program combines design creativity with knowledge of sustainability for a profession at the cutting edge of design.

The most important challenge today and in the future concerns sustainability – to create a world that is good for both people and the environment, locally and globally.

During your three years on this design degree, you will work closely with our teaching team to develop your own design specialism. It is up to you whether you make a difference through designing physical objects, processes, experiences or systems. The program is delivered through a series of projects, and you will work independently as well as engage in group work, and in collaborations with the local and regional community and enterprises.

The Design + Change program is delivered in English and we welcome students from all over the world. This means that you as a student are part of a group characterized by diversity and are well prepared for an international design career.

Design + Change is located in Växjö, Småland – a region characterized by entrepreneurship, production, and craft. Collaborative projects and educational visits will give you unique opportunities to forge networks and learn. The study environment in Växjö is personable, safe and creative and you will work in close contact with our practicing designers/ lecturers and researchers. The many different subjects offered at Linnaeus University give you the possibility to work across disciplines.

The Bachelor’s programs in design at Linnaeus University received the grade of "high quality" in the most recent national evaluation of degree programs within the arts.

Entry Requirements

General entry requirements + English B. Approved portfolio.


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There is an increasing demand for competence in sustainability in society. The ability to collaborate with other disciplines is also becoming more important. This degree program prepares you for a career within traditional design companies, as well as service design companies, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) human rights organizations and initiatives run by local communities or municipalities. You may also choose to start your own company.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Main field of study: Design)

Application and portfolio

The application process consists of two steps. First, you need to apply to the program online at (in English), or (in Swedish). Then you need to submit your portfolio to Linnaeus University by our website

You find instructions for the portfolio below.

Portfolio Guidelines, Design + Change Show more/less

For your submitted portfolio to be deemed complete, it must consist of two components:

  1. Assignments (A, B and C)
  2. Statement of purpose

1. Assignments

Assignment A "Design for another species" (2 pages)

Design an object, environment, campaign or system for another species. You can choose any species, such as a mammal, fish, insect or plant (e.g. a bat, an octopus, a bee, a particular variety of mushrooms, etc.). Use this exercise as an opportunity to be creative! At the same time, you are also encouraged to think of how the design deals with issues of interaction, sustainability or the possibility of a change of some kind (large or small scale) in the world. Visualize your idea (through for example drawings, photography, or a model) and write a short explanation (150-300 words) about your thoughts and choices. You can find examples of designers and artists working with such approaches on sites like the following:

Assignment B "Sketching movements and relations in public space" (2 pages)

Visit a public space and sketch the forms of movement and relations you encounter and perceive in that space. You're free to use any sketching methods at your disposal (sketching with pencil, paint, charcoal, digital tools, or whatever medium you prefer to sketch out your ideas with). We're not primarily looking for technical skill, but rather for your ability to use sketching methods to explore and engage with the world around you in creative and interesting ways.

Assignment C Present your own work (6 pages)

Use the remaining pages to present your own creative work. Show us any form of artistic expression/design that you are proud of and that represents how you like to work. We encourage you to choose work that demonstrates a wide range of your interests.

Submit the assignments on our website, in PDF, PNG or JPG-formats. You can upload a maximum 50 MB total. In the upload form, enter a brief description of the work you upload.

2. Statement of purpose

Please write a statement of purpose that on one A4 page describes your interest in design focusing on:

  • What are you curious about?
  • What do you want to change through design?
  • How do you want to use your education to reach your goals?
  • What is sustainability to you?

The statement of purpose will be evaluated in terms of:

  • Your capacity to envision and plan your future as a designer
  • Your previous and intended engagement with sustainability and change
  • Your proficiency in expressing yourself in English

Submit your letter of intentions to our website, in PDF, PNG or JPG-format.

After submitting your application and portfolio you'll be contacted if you have been selected for an interview. At the interview, we ask you to bring a hard copy of your portfolio. If you're an international or EU student who is unable to attend an interview in person, we may offer a telephone/online interview.

Application procedure Show more/less

The application process consists of two steps:

Step 1

Apply to the program online at (in English), or (in Swedish). Submissions of documentation attesting your eligibility for a Bachelor's level study must be submitted here.

The following program codes and deadlines apply:

Please submit your application to the program code LNU-F1500 by 15 January 2018.

Step 2

Submit your portfolio to Linnaeus University (LNU).

The deadlines by which portfolios must be received by LNU are 31 January 2018.

Acceptance to the program:

If you meet the eligibility criteria, your application will be accepted and evaluated on the basis of your portfolio. Evaluation of portfolios is conducted by a selection committee consisting of faculty members, external experts, and current BFA students. The portfolio is regarded as a whole and the portfolio is evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality
  • Visualization skills
  • Creative approach

The university will not disclose the reasons behind the decision to accept or reject any individual application. Approved students will be notified through or

Checklist for Application

  • I have submitted my application through or
  • I have prepared my portfolio according to the guidelines provided.
  • I have included a Letter of intent with my portfolio.
  • I have uploaded my portfolio on and made sure that all my files are included, and that I have submitted written descriptions of my uploaded files.

Do you have any Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the application or permission related issue don't hesitate to inquire by e-mail to the Admissions Office:

If you have any questions regarding the portfolio or other questions about the program don't hesitate to inquire by e-mail to the program coordinator:

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Linnaeus University is a modern, international university named after Carl Linnaeus – a world-renowned Swedish scientist who was born in the Småland region where the university is located.

Linnaeus University is a modern, international university named after Carl Linnaeus – a world-renowned Swedish scientist who was born in the Småland region where the university is located. Read less
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