Applied Arts and Design MA Level

The programme focuses on materials and doing in an open, international and contemporary environment, with material, body and space as starting points. These concepts are central to HDK at Steneby. The approach is based on understanding the world through our senses, which is reflected in the students’ work.

The Master’s Programme in Applied Arts and Design examines questions that move between the local and the global, between art, craft and design.

Located in the beautiful natural surroundings of Dals Långed, HDK’s well-equipped facilities and workshops allow you to expand your knowledge of your subject area.


The Master's Programme in Applied Arts and Design has three departmental orientations but works as one programme. Students work in an independent and experimental way with materials, techniques, form, content and function regardless of orientation.

Metal Art: The 1,200 square metre smithy allows for multifaceted, three-dimensional, experimental work at a large scale. There are eight coal fired forges in the smithy, and facilities for cutting, welding, bronze casting and working with sheet metal. The programme is in constant dialogue on issues related to objects and activities in public spaces.

Wood Oriented Furniture Design: For students wanting to use wood when developing furniture, products and services for future needs. The orientation offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a holistic and sustainable approach to issues often centred on social development. The wood used is often produced locally. Research oriented experimentations in the workshops are conducted with a high level of craftsmanship, focusing on materials, techniques and context.

Textile – Garment – Design: For students wanting to work with textiles in relation to body and space. The extensive workshops allow you to expand your knowledge in a broad field of textiles. You can develop various techniques, such as knitting, textile printing, pleating, sewing, pattern making, weaving, embroidery and dyeing and apply these techniques in relation to different materials and contexts. Good basic knowledge of textiles is important to fully appreciate and make use of the potential in this orientation.


You will formulate your projects along with your professor in relevance to your course work and orientation. The programme requires a high degree of autonomy, independence and self-motivation.

Students have individual workplaces and access to well-equipped workshops, computers and software. Supervision is also provided in written and advanced theory related to the student’s ongoing work.

During the first year, you familiarise yourself with your workshops and machinery to start up your workshop and studio project. Your subject knowledge is expanded and you practise your capacity to run and develop projects within the subject area. You also gain a basic understanding of entrepreneurship, you formulate an action plan for your future practice and you build up your portfolio.

The second year begins with discussions of contemporary issues in relation to your own work. You will write a background text and reflect on the context and form of presentation as a basis for your degree project. During your degree project, you have access to an external mentor. Examinations are carried out with external opponents. The spring term ends with a degree exhibition.

As the Master’s programme is international, the language of instruction is English.


The programme prepares you to work on assignments for private and public clients, exhibitions and your own artistic practices. It also prepares you to apply for doctoral studies in the field.


The programme will result in one of the following degrees, depending on the chosen specialization:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Arts and Crafts with specialization in Metal Art.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Design with specialization in Wood Oriented Furniture Design.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Arts and Crafts with specialization in Textile – Garment – Design.
Programme Syllabus Applied Arts and Design MA levelDownload