Instructions for portfolio


MFA Programme in Child Culture Design
- starting every autumn

Your application is complete when you have formally applied and submitted your portfolio. Here's important information on how to apply and how the admission process works.

The portfolio is submitted digitally in the DAP system - where you also find a Step-by-step guide.
Create your portfolio in a programme of your choice, and save/convert it to PDF format.
Name the PDF-document with your name and surname.
Upload the PDF-document in DAP in one mediaslide.


1. WORK SAMPLES – Maximum 20 pages
You are required to include images (or other relevant digital material) that demonstrate
•    breadth and depth of your creative work
•    key stages of the design process to a realised intention    
•    personal direction of interest in design
•    skills in presentation, visualisation and communication

Note: If you wish to include other digital material than images, you should do this in a separate media slide in DAP.

One key feature of our programme, Child Culture Design, is the practical projects that students define themselves. From the start of your studies you are required to identify your personal interests and expected direction of your studies in design. In the project reflection we ask you to write about an already realized or intended project that reflects your interests. We also ask you to address the question of why you wish to study at HDK and the master program Child Culture Design.

We will assess your ability to articulate your learning goals as well as your understanding of the field of design.
In the project reflection describe BRIEFLY:

  • the subject area in design you have investigated or will investigate
  • what question(s) your project is concerned with
  • the personal relevance of your project – refer to skills/experiential background and your continuing educational development
  • the relevance of the project to the field of design (what would other designers/scholars learn from your project)?
  • the proposed approaches and methods
  • an outline of the outcome of the project
  • at least one reference to an inspirational source for your project (other designer’s work, art work, film, academic paper, etc.)

Note: The project reflection is only a part of the application procedure and does not have to be realized as a part of your studies.  

3. CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) – Maximum 2 pages


As a whole we will assess:

  • The design process – design knowledge, credibility, references, methodology and concepts
  • Breadth and depth – contexts, skills, scales and experiences
  • Field of Interest – design questions, societal questions, skills and relevance to the MA programme profile
  • Artistic approach – expression, method and communication

A panel of teachers and artistic practitioners will assess your portfolio and letter of intent.