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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 is an advanced level course where you will explore what posthumanist and non-anthropocentric perspectives can show and do in a design context. For instance, what does it mean to pay attention to non-human stakeholders as well as human? What happens when an object is being “subjectified”? How can we challenge the dualist way of thinking that governs the modern Western world?


 During the course, you will develop a project in the intersection between your interests, your artistic tools and design methods, and theory, concepts and references from posthumanist discourses.   

This course is aimed at designers and related disciplines, like architects, visual artists etc.

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 consists of both a presentation where you discuss the visual and material outcomes of your project, and a short written assignment.

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

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.