Independent studies

Independent studies

SPRING 2018 Food Culture, Materiality and Design, 15 hec

​​Eat – Food Culture, Materiality and Design, 15 hec


Eating can involve an infinite number of different things. It can be about survival, pleasure or stress as well as meetings, time and access. Eating has different meanings for everyone.

In the course Eat – Food Culture, Materiality and Design, the simple meal is a platform for conversation, reflection, experiences and meetings. The materiality, spatiality and choreography of eating – that is, the things we use, the space we are in and how we move about – is the hub of our exploratory design work.

This course is for those who are interested in the connection between design and eating. Through fundamental design methods, we work with concepts and phenomena in food culture and design to create common knowledge and understanding. We do this through workshops, literature, field trips, supervision and discussions, both individually and collectively in group meetings as well as through individual project work.

This is a distance course, with three required groups of meetings, wich will take place following dates:

Week 4 Jan 22-24 - session 01
Week 9 Feb 26-28 - session 02
Week 15 April 9-11 - session 03

Week 17 April 26-27 presentation of projects

The course is divided into three overarching themes:

Food – Body (such as the senses and norms)
Food – Politics (such as power and resource allocation)
Food – Artifacts (such as function and materials)

These themes are addressed through assignments, literature and at the physical meetings and serve as support for individual project work, which is conducted in parallel throughout the semester.

The course is given for the first time this autumn semester 2017. Common focus of the students attending this course is design related to eating. The following titles / professions are represented; active designers, design students on master’s level, restaurant owners, researchers, journalists and photographers with food focus.

At #eathdk you can get glimpse from workshops during the autumn course.

Entry requirements: General entry requirements
Selection: Selection is based on work samples/portfolio.
Period: Spring 2018. Part time (25%) week 03 to 22. 

How to apply

1.      Apply for the course at Last day to apply: October 16

2.      Submit your portfolio in our system DAP Last day to submit your portfolio: October 23

An application is not complete without a correctly submitted portfolio

You apply for the course on and submit all documentation that is needed to show you fulfill the entry requirement. It is important you submit complete documentation. Read more about Documenting your eligibility. If you are not a Swedish citizen or are a Swedish citizen living abroad you either have to provide proof you are exempted from paying the application fee, or pay the application fee. Read more about the Application fee.

Your portfolio

Your portfolio is submitted digitally in our system DAP. We recommend you start creating your portfolio in good time. DAP closes at midnight sharp on the day of deadline, and we can give technical support until 18:00 the same day. When you have submitted your portfolio you receive a confirmation by email. Make sure to check you have received this email, or else your portfolio has not been submitted correctly.
Link to DAP:

The portfolio for this course should consist of:

1.      CV - 1 slide 

2.      Letter of Intent - 1 slide. The letter should describe why you are applying to the course and how you see the relationship between food culture and design (max 2000 characters without spaces).

3.      Images that represents your own practice – 1-5 images, 1 image per slide Own practice may include design, art, visual communication, catering, food blog, event, urban gardening, performances, etc.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on the course, applicants will be ranked based on their relevant experience in relation to the course content and artistic expressions.

Selection and Admission

All complete applications are assessed by a jury consisting of the course coordinator and eventual other representatives from the department, and are ranked according to the assessment criteria. Your academic qualifications are assessed by the University’s Admissions Office.  If you do not fit the entry requirement, your application is made unqualified. 

If you are not formally qualified the jury has the possibility of making exemptions from the formal requirements, if they have ranked your portfolio high and considers your background to be equal that of the entry requirement. This is done on the initiative of the jury - the applicant cannot ask for this assessment to be made.

Further information

Key dates for this admission period can be found on Universityadmissions – Key dates.


Before the start of the course published information reading list, schedule and welcome GUL (University of Gothenburg's learning platform) open sides.

Course coordinator

Carl-Johan Skogh carl.johan.skogh [at]


If you have questions about the course please contact course coordinator.

Here we have put together frequently asked questions and answers concerning international applicants. If you cannot find the answer to your question under FAQ please send an e-mail to: hdkadmission [at]

Image: Deconstructing Dinner, Johanna Berg och Sara Andreasson. Foto: Ellika Henrikson.