Wood Oriented Furniture Design, introductory course

Course Package
Bachelor’s level
30 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 142 500 SEK
First payment: 142 500 SEK

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

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This is a freestanding course that includes a full-time semester study in design with specialization in Wood Oriented Furniture Design. The course is aimed at those who want an introduction to artistic studies at academic level in the field of design and wood. You follow the first semester of the BFA Program in Wood Oriented Furniture Design.


During the semester you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of wood materials and techniques. You explore different techniques, both proficiently and expressively, based on different tasks and themes, with starting point in the concept of material, body and space.

You get support in developing working methods and reflection on your own work, as well as communicating your choice of methods, both in writing and orally. Visual studies and literacy, as well as theory and history, are also included in the course. Teaching takes the form of lectures and exercises with supervision, workshops and briefings. 

Course meetings 

The course package is given with study pace 100% during the autumn semester 2022. Students in the free-standing course co-study together with the program students in the BFA programme in Wood Orientated Furniture Design. The teaching takes place on site at HDK-Valand Campus Steneby. The language of instruction is English.

The following courses are included in course package:

  • SBMD06 Wood Oriented Furniture Design 1, 18 credits
  • SBHI01 Theory and History 1, 4.5 credits
  • SBVI01 Visual Studies, Visual Literacy 1, 7.5 credits

Apply for the course

1. Apply for the course on

Application period: March 15 - April 19

2. Submit your work sample through SlideRoom

Period to submit portfolio: March 15 - April 26

An application is not valid without a correctly submitted work sample. Read more about what your work sample should contain below.

All texts in the work samples must be in English.

Prerequisites and selection


General entrance requirements

Special instructions for application

Portfolio instructions

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.

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

Remember that all texts in the work samples must be in English.


The selection is based on submitted work samples.