Apply for BA programme in Wood Oriented Furniture Design

The application round for this programme will open again in January 2023.

Portfolio instructions  

Your application to the BA-programme in Wood Oriented Furniture Design should include: 

Part 1: Design assignment, 3 pages

”Cultural inlook”
There is a saying that we first need to study our past in order to understand our future.

In this design assignment, we would like you to investigate your own cultural background. What kind of wooden furniture can you find there? You are free to search 10, 50 or 200 years back in time, as long as you can find a piece of furniture you feel motivated to study. Use literature, museums or the web in order to find useful information. Use then this piece of furniture as inspiration for a new design in wood. The user of this new design will be you, 10 years from today’s date. Who are you then, and what are your needs?

Your work must include the following:

  • A sketch/illustration of your chosen piece of furniture as you have found it.
  • A written description of your chosen piece of furniture, in three sentences.
  • Process sketches and images. These can be photos, sketches and / or mood board. It is important that you show how you reached the result through the presentation.
  • Visualizations of your result. You are free to choose any technique such as renderings, sketches, images of model etc. but the result should be presented in an image that describes the user situation.
  • A written conclusion in which you motivate your result in terms of user needs, context and your personal goals. (maximum 1 page)

Part 2: Portfolio, minimum 3 pages

In this part you show own work that represent your creative experience. Here we look at form and color, presentation and ideas.

Part 3: Previous experience and education, 1 page

In this part, you refer to courses you have attended and describe past experiences that you believe are important for your application. Having attended a preparatory artistic training or preparatory wooden craft training is an advantage but not a requirement. Previous employments, hobbies or travels can be just as important to list here, if you find that it strengthens your application.

Applicants invited for an interview will receive an additional task to complete and bring to the interview.

Your application must be anonymous. Do not include name or contact details anywhere in this material. All texts must be in English. 


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Submit your portfolio   

Submit your portfolio through our portfolio tool Slideroom. SlideRoom closes at midnight (CET) on the day of deadline. When you have submitted your portfolio in time,  you receive a confirmation e-mail from SlideRoom. 
We recommend that you upload your material 24 hours before the deadline. Please note that it is not possible to submit your portfolio after the application deadline.   

Portfolio assessment

  • Process and idea – How you have chosen to generate ideas and develop these further.
  • Form, function and material knowledge – How you choose your materials, constructions and form.
  • Presentation – How you present your result, how you argue for your choices and strengthen these arguments in the visual material.

Selection and admission   

All complete applications are assessed by a jury consisting of the Programme Director and representatives from the department to which the programme belongs.

A number of applicants will be called for an interview. The interviews will be held online in the spring of 2022. Notification on whether you are called for an interview or not will be sent to the email address that is registered on

General entry requirements 

Submit all documentation on  that shows you fulfill the entry requirement.

If you have a foreign undergraduate / high school education, you need to upload grades and the right documents that show that you are eligible for the courses/programmes you have applied for. All documents are uploaded via "my pages" on For more information go to provide application documents.

It is important that you submit complete documentation and follow the country specific guidelines carefully. For more information go to country instructions.  

If you who are in the last semester of upper secondary school go on to an interview, you must upload a certificate on that you are studying the last semester. Contact your school for a certificate. You upload the certificate on

If you submit incomplete documentation you will be considered unqualified. 

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements can be granted an exemption. HDK-Valand can grant exemption if an applicant in other ways have demonstrated ability to benefit from the programme. Ability to benefit from the programme can be demonstrated by: 

  • other relevant education 
  • relevant professional experience or other practical experience 
  •  relevant artistic skills and abilities 

Key dates

January 21: Application round opens 

March 1: Last day to apply for the programme at 

March 7: Last day to pay the registration fee or provide proof you are exempted from paying

March 8: Last day to submit your portfolio in SlideRoom   

March 8: Last day to submit the documents required to prove you are qualified on   

March/April 2022: Invitations to interviews will be sent out. It is sent to the e-mail address you have registered on  

April 2022: Interviews are conducted

April 2022: Your formal academic qualifications are assessed   

May 16: Admission results are published on