Design for Planet

MA Programme


Duration of studies
4 semesters (full-time study) or 8 semesters (Professional Master's) / 120 ECTS
Design School Kolding
Application deadline
1 March
Entrance examination
Semester start
Tuition fee
€13,000 per year for non-EU citizens

About the programme

Design for Planet addresses one of the most important challenges of today: Creating a more sustainable world ecology for the Earth and all its residents. Design for Planet views the value of design as a means of generating changes in the way we do things. Hence the programme − both directly and indirectly − addresses the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which call on all countries in the world to assume a shared responsibility and be prepared to produce, consume and act sustainably.

Sustainability is a complex subject and there are no easy answers. Design for Planet encourages free and critical thinking in relation to the sustainable agendas it addresses and the programme embraces an understanding of the designer as a transformer of what exists here and now as well as a generator of novel solutions so that design can contribute as much as possible to a more sustainable world.

Design for Planet is for those who are professionally bold and curious and who want to direct their practice towards sustainable agendas. The education emphasises experiments, creativity, empathy, ethics, cooperation and one-on-one engagements in and with the world. The applicant must have a strong design-based grounding to which a thematic and multidisciplinary approach to working with sustainability design will be added.

Students from all four of the school's own bachelor programmes as well as students from other disciplines will be accepted provided they meet the admission criteria by showing design understanding and technical/creative design skills equivalent to the level of a bachelor’s degree in design.

Design for Planet will adopt a comprehensive approach to design thinking and 'doing' and build professional gravitas, which enables students to challenge and rethink existing solutions through design. To support these visions of design, we apply innovative practical working methods within a wide range of topics such as: past use and production practices, user studies, material driven design, speculative prototyping, critical design, holistic systems, circular and sharing economy, design activism and cultural intervention.

Design for Planet offers the opportunity to work with design of materials, products, services, systems, experiences and cultural changes. Hence, throughout the course, students will be acquainted with different design contexts and designer roles.

The instructors at Design for Planet will be highly qualified Danish and foreign personalities with experience from research and practice and with a broad professional spectrum. Changes through design cannot occur in isolation, and therefore Design for Planet collaborates with external actors such as museums, companies, production sites, organizations, associations and institutions.

Generally speaking the programme has a practice approach to design. However, since we consider theoretical and methodological anchoring as essential for the designers of today and tomorrow, a number of written elements are associated with the project work. Furthermore, the students must be interested in and be prepared to engage in literature.

In addition to the thematic instruction anchored in Design for Planet, the basic disciplines of textile design, communication design, fashion design, accessory design and industrial design will be continuously developed. A strong professional foundation is a good starting point for learning from each other and discovering opportunities across professional disciplines. Therefore it is possible to work in an interdisciplinary fashion throughout the course.

The instruction will comprise a mixture of lectures, workshops, individual and group-based project work and seminars.

Module 1: Learning from the Past
Understanding how design arises from situated contexts
Module 2: Material Narratives
Focusing on materials as a translator of values and concepts 
Module 3: Preferred Futures
Challenging our notion of the future through imaginative prototyping
Module 4: Holistic Systems
Mastering complexity, dynamics and collaboration through direct engagement
Module 5: Cultural change
Exploring design as a cultural impactor
Module 6: Deep research
Advancing the designer as producer and communicator of new knowledge

Apply now

Design School Kolding welcomes all talented and motivated students to our Master’s Degree Programme. So if you hold a relevant degree (BA or equivalent), be sure to apply before the deadline 1 March.

Ansøgning og optagelse

Selected MA projects

Design for Planet reinforces and challenges the fields of industrial design, fashion design, textile design, accessory design and communication design and enables you to immerse yourself in the cross-disciplinary specialisation.

We have selected a few of our MA projects, which reflect the academic breadth and depth of the programme.

Planet X Fashion Design

Workshops at Design School Kolding

Design School Kolding's workshops allow you to work with materials and manufacturing of prototypes and provide a space for you to constantly develop your talent in relation to your speciality.

Workshops at Design Shool Kolding


For questions regarding admission, please contact Karina Sørensen and Ester Fuchs.
For questions regarding content and collaboration, please contact Ulla Ræbild.

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