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Design and the Posthumanist Perspective

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 69 250 SEK
First payment: 69 250 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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This course invites designers to explore how a posthumanist perspective could influence their work in response to the existential challenges brought about by man-made environmental disaster. In the course you will develop your own design project and explore how you as a designer can contribute and relate to emerging transdisciplinary fields influenced by posthumanism such as the Environmental Humanities.


In your own project, you will critically examine how design and the posthumanist perspective can affect issues relating to environmental sustainability. These include the exploitation of natural resources, the maintenance of viable ecosystems, interspecies justice, how norms affect the relationship between humans and the environment, and how design influences people's impact on the environment.

The assessment will consist of a presentation where you will discuss the visual and material outcomes of your project, and a written assignment where you will situate your work in relation to relevant design practice and artistic research.

Teaching takes place through seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials, individual and group study. The course is given in English.

Course dates för the spring term 2021

18-19/1, Monday-Tuesday 18-21
2/2, Tuesday 18-21
16/2, Tuesday 18-21
2/3, Tuesday 18-21
16/3, Tuesday 18-21
30/3, Tuesday 18-21
13/4, Tuesday 18-21
27/4, Tuesday 18-21
11/5, Tuesday 18-21
31/5-1/6, Monday-Tuesday 18-21

Apply for the course

  1. Apply for the course on
    Application period: September 15 - October 15 2020 
    Late application opens on December 15, 2020.

  2. Submit your work sample through SlideRoom:

    Period to submit portfolio: September 15–October 22 2020
    Work samples are not required for late registration. 

More information about HDK-Valand - Academy of Art and Design here.

Due to the current situation, the education at HDK-Valand this autumn will be carried out to a limited extent on campus. This means that courses will be held both through distance education and on site in workshops and student workplaces. We are awaiting instructions regarding the spring semester 2021.
A decision will be made by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg in November on the basis of recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden due to Covid-19. This means that we, for the time being, cannot say with certainty which parts of the education will take place on campus during the spring and which will be given through distance education. 
We also want to inform you that certain courses, or course elements, may not be completed during the spring semester 2021. Stay updated about the University of Gothenburg's guidelines due to the Corona pandemic here.

Prerequisites and selection


At least 180 ECT credits within Design, Fine Arts or equivalent.

Special instructions for application

Work samples are not required for late registration.


The selection is based on submitted work samples.


Our facilities on Kristinelundsgatan are situated in the middle of Gothenburg in the same building complex as Röhsska Museum of Design and Crafts. It is an international study environment with well-equipped workshops close to the arts.

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