MA Design: Explorations & Translations

Studio Culture: Material and Media Experiments 

The MA Design: Explorations & Translations at the IAA brings together multiple practices: design, media studies, social sciences and natural sciences. By synthesising and embodying different knowledge and using the dynamic landscape and industries of Iceland as an experimental ground, you will develop a unique voice in the expanded design field. 
To translate this personal vision, the MA Design Programme asks you to materialise and manifest possible realities through relevant media: you may e.g develop a concept for industry, propose a new sensory experience, or craft a fictional scenario for a future reality. Using both real and fictional design strategies, we work to build ethical awareness, form dialogues to engage with contemporary culture. 
You will have access to a range of hands-on and media facilities. Through the program you will develop your own working process through series of visits, encounters with experts, exploratory workshops and collaborations. You will participate in publications and exhibitions and develop online platforms for the mediation of your projects.
Above are all the practical information about how to apply to this program: deadlines, fees, prerequisites and contacts for further questions. 
Programme: MA Design
Academic degree: MA
Study length: 2 years

Programme director

Iceland: A New Territory for Design Speculations 

We are explorers and translators of experiences: we sense the world, question borders and challenge production and value systems. We engage with the imagination and participate in contemporary debates regarding the environment, new ecologies, and human production processes through a balance of applied and speculative work. 


In a conflicted climate, the MA Design Studio is a place for collective debate, an area filled with material and media experiments visited by international guests and industry specialists engaged in contemporary practices.

If you are interested in researching contemporary zeitgeist topics, if you believe experiencing and sensing are ways of learning; if you can collect and synthetize different forms of knowledge, and if you want to explore ways of developing your own authorship as a designer through the use of material and media, we will be happy to welcome you at IAA.

Gardar Eyjolfsson MA Design Programme Director on behalf of the Design and Architecture Department at Iceland University of the Arts.

Photo credit:  © Hervé Hôte