About MA Design

The MA Design Programme concerns itself with Reality & Realities, the dynamic relationship between the Concrete and the Abstract. Our design studies focus on the specificity of Iceland as a means to understand the wider world. We invite people from all fields, design, art, science and the humanities to participate on a unique journey. In dialogue with a hands-on and experimental studio culture, the MA Design Programme is engaged with the value and the topic of Imagination, and the contemporary need to design alternative realities and futures.

Garðar Eyjólfsson & Thomas Pausz, programme directors as of August 2017



Bio/Geo-Mimetic Mentoring Tool: Mathematics opening the doors to cross-disciplinary knowledge
Dynamic Weather Visualisation

Programme vision

The MA programme in design was developed in cooperation with department faculty, and the MA programme's advisor, John Wood, based partly on the foundation of ideas created on metadesigners.org and the Writing-PAD network. It is a systemic and self-transformative programme where students are invited to participate in re-designing design itself, as well as their own professional role, in order to meet the immediate and future challenges of the 21st century.

Dóra Ísleifsdóttir, programme director 2012-2017