Do you want to use design to make a difference in the world? Then this is the right degree for you. The bachelor’s program in Design + Change combines design creativity with knowledge of sustainability for a profession at the cutting edge of design.
The most important challenge of today and in the future concerns sustainability – to create a world that is good for both people and the environment, locally and globally.
This is Linnaeus University
Linnaeus University is a modern, international university in south east of Sweden. We are located in two nature-loving cities, one by the Baltic sea and one surrounded by lakes in the greenest city in Europe. More facts about Linnaeus University:
Founded 2010 through a merger between Kalmar University and Växjö University;
Located in Kalmar and Växjö;
44,000 enrolled students;
2,200 enrolled international students;
6th largest university in Sweden in terms of number of students;
780 partner universities in more than 80 countries;
100-degree programs on the first-cycle level, 8 of them taught in English;
80-degree programs on second-cycle level, 35 of them taught in English.
Doesn't design already imply change? Yes, through design we give form to new products (and books, campaigns, services, systems, and much more). Through these, we also shape and change behavior, attitudes, and even worldviews.
Today it is both formally and globally recognized that the state of both ecological and social systems is critical. We also know that human activities – and not least design, and its associated overconsumption – drive unsustainability.
With + Change, we want to emphasize the very potential of design to affect change and to extend it. Change comprises different degrees and perspectives on change, such as adaptation, evolution, and revolution. To affect change through design can be about initiatives directed at products, systems, or worldviews. We can choose to use design to affect change locally, regionally, or globally, and with a focus on ecology, economy, human health, and equality, or all of this simultaneously. Altogether + Change is about purposefully using design, and its inherent creativity, in order to achieve changes towards the future of sustainability.
Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city center, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.
What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavor. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city center and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!