Collaboration is important to Design School Kolding. Collaboration with companies enhances the quality of the design programmes and prepares students for the real world. For companies, the benefits are clear: New, research-based knowledge, innovative inspiration and creative input to solve specific challenges.


Design School Kolding has, for several years, worked closely with companies and organisations – private and public – to develop products, processes and services. And with great success. The school would therefore like to open its doors to even more partners who can help raise awareness of – and not least experience – how design processes and user-centered design can make a difference in companies and organisations.


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Collaboration with students

Design School Kolding is known for its creative study environment and for its innovative students who can and dare take an independent approach to both specific and complex assignments and issues.

The school's students are able to take a fresh look at the company's daily routines, and contribute with new knowledge to the solving of problems or as an extra employee in the organisation.

As a company, there are are several ways you can collaborate with a design student:

Design School Kolding focuses on students honing their skills for their future careers. Internship is therefore a compulsory part of the Master's programme at Design School Kolding. An internship can be for a duration of half a semester or a whole semester and gives either 15 or 30 ECTS credit points.

Design students offer something special!
Not only do the students possess core competencies in their respective fields of study – communication design, fashion, textiles, industrial design or accessories – but they are especially good at generating ideas, organising and managing processes, and organising and developing ideas into finished products.

As designers, they are trained to work across disciplines and to incorporate knowledge from other disciplines in their work. What's more, designers are trained to work with a user perspective in their projects. This means that designers involve the people who will be using the product or service in their work. And this makes for better, more concise results.

Requirements of companies
If you, as a company, are interested in having a design student on an internship, you will be required to make available a person who is responsible for overseeing the trainee's day-to-day learning. In addition, the company must enter into an internship agreement with the student and Design School Kolding. The agreement outlines rules and guidelines for the internship and is a prerequisite of the student having his or her internship credit transferred to his or her education.

The internship is generally unpaid, as the students receive SU (State education grant) while they are studying. However, some companies choose to pay a small wage.


Get the unique and innovative take of 12-50 students on a challenge set ​​by your company!

Design School Kolding School offers courses tailored to companies. The course is based on a problem the company itself is involved in formulating. A course is typically of a two to six-week duration. The academic level is high. Design School Kolding is an elite education establishment based on the uptake of talent, where the tuition is based on professional design practice, development and research.

In addition to the solutions of 12-50 students to the challenge at hand, the course also results in the publication of text, photos and illustrations documenting the entire design process and finished products/services.

The company contributes to the development of the course with a brief and a problem statement. The company is also represented at the mid-term evaluation and the final review that rounds off the course. At both, the company contributes with its expertise, advice and guidance.

Customised courses start at DKK 200,000, of which DKK 75,000 is earmarked for the publication.

The Design School has completed courses with Ecco, Nokia, Vestas, Teijin, Kraft and Lego.

International DesignCamp

Every year, Design School Kolding hosts an international DesignCamp, which, over a two-week period, brings together Danish and international students, companies, designers, researchers and others interested in design.

The focus of DesignCamp is a topical, socially relevant theme, which is clarified through open conference days, real-life case studies and an intensive design process that results in specific design concepts developed by students.

Companies participating at DesignCamp

Companies can participate at DesignCamp in two ways: As a participant at the open conference days, and as a case study for the students. As a case study, the company is required to come up with a specific challenge that the students design a solution for. 10-15 companies can participate as a case company at the camp. In addition to the specific concepts, designed by students, DesignCamp results in an exhibition and a publication.

In the latest publication, Design to Play / Play to Design you can see what DesignCamp is all about and what the companies have got out of taking part.

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Contact Merethe Kruse or Jette Ladegaard Garnæs for more information about internships, students jobs and projects.
Contact Rikke Lykke Ravn or Lotte Eggert Kiil for more information about general matters concerning students.
Contact Maja Lindstrøm Hansen for more information about DesignCamp.

Collaborative research

Companies and organisations can enter into a research collaboration with Design School Kolding and gain access to – and help create – the latest research-based knowledge in design.

Design School Kolding is a seasoned collaborator. The school works with a variety of external partners – in its education, in its projects and in its research – with good results and experiences as a consequence.

In the field of research, there are many different forms of collaboration and funding. And they can be adapted to the specific needs of the company.

Examples of collaboration:

  • Commissioned research – The company engages one or more researchers for a specific project.
  • Co-financed research – Together with the Design School, the company enters into national or international collaborative projects, e.g. PhD projects.
  • Industrial PhD – the Industrial PhD scheme is a special subsidy programme for companies that may apply for a grant for a three-year business-oriented PhD project through the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The company employs an Industrial PhD student who is also enrolled at Design School Kolding.

Contact - Collaborative research

Find out more about the opportunities for collaborative research and the different forms of funding by contacting Head of Research Irene Lønne.