Design & New Environments


Hönnun, umhverfi og áskoranir, MA er kennt á ensku og því eru allar upplýsingar á ensku.

The entanglement of nature and technology has led to environmental and societal challenges. Design practice can bridge interdisciplinary knowledge to instigate change and transform obsolete systems. The core motivation for this new MA program is to contribute to redefine the design disciplines, and to educate future designers in progressive approaches and methods to work within and with these new environments.

Programme overview
The Design & New Environments at the Iceland University of the Arts invites students to an exciting hybrid programme composed of design, media, and environmental studies. During a two-year course, students are supported to develop research skills and creative projects carried out individually and in teams.
The focus for 2023/25 is on Climate and Food Systems. This theme will be explored in collaboration with scientists from the University of Iceland, practitioners, and partners from the industry in parallel with workshops in the design and media studios at the IUA.
Courses Highlight 
Year 1
Autumn: Field research, design & science seminars, site specific case studies.
Spring: Creative residency with one of our partners in Iceland: we have established a unique network of stakeholders driving innovation in the environmental sphere. In 2023-24 we partner with Gagarin (Interactive design studio), Eldey Aqua (Seaweed farm), Matis (food research centre) and Brim Innovation, amongst others.
Year 2: Final Projects / Final Thesis
Students choose one of two tracks for the MA project:
1. Practice-based track focused on the implementation of a professional design project.
2. Theory-based track with an MA thesis and an individual publication.
Programme: Design & New Environments
Academic degree: MA
Study length: 2 years


Opening of applications: January 9th 2023

Deadline: April 12th 2023

Application outcome: May 2023



Electronic Application


hafdis [at] (Hafdís Harðardóttir)
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The Master D.N.E trains critical designers, who can collaborate with peers from other disciplines and engage with complex challenges. The design and media studios focus on sharpening professional skills, - to propose and implement projects with a positive impact on the environment, in line with UN goals for sustainable development.
Thomas Pausz, MA Design Programme Director on behalf of the Design Department at Iceland University of the Arts (LHI).