Introduction to the programme

Do you want to become a design consultant?

Spatial Designs and Society (SDS) is concerned with design in relation to consumer objects, places and design processes. We draw on human geography, anthropology, sociology and design studies. 

You will conduct ethnographic fieldwork and become an expert in analyzing uses of designed objects and designed places out in the real world. The ethnographic training involves various qualitative social science methods as well as the use of photography, film and new media. Additionally, you will develop visualization, mapping and presentation skills. The programme collaborates with consultancy firms and municipalities, and you will learn how to conduct research and write reports according to commercial briefs. You will acquire unique analytical and communicative skills, understand consumer practices, detect and advise on emerging trends and needs, and learn to make your research relevant and usable for practitioners and design processes.

SDS will prepare you for jobs in a world where spatial designs are used to develop societies and make them more sustainable and liveable.

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SDS educates graduates able to act as consultants in the increasing number of companies working with analyses and/or design of consumer objects and places. Given that the graduates will be fluent in English, they will be attractive to companies that work with international clients. SDS graduates find work within consultancies, research institutions, design agencies, municipal planning departments, and cultural institutions, etc. Typical tasks will include research and development, advising, project management, creative process facilitation, fund raising and communication.

Academic staff

Academic staff Spatial Designs and Society

Facts about the programme

Degree: Master of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in Spatial Designs and Society

Language of tuition: English