AHO: open posts

1. The Oslo School of Architecture and Design has an open PhD position; “PhD – Design Aesthetics”.  

Kindly find the advertisement here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/199063/phd-design-aesthetics

2. AHO also has a position advertised in collaboration with National Center for Transforming Public Services. They are hiring for the leader of D-box, in a 100% position in a 2-year commitment with the possibility of permanent employment.

D-Box is a Norwegian national center for restructuring the public sector. The partnership D-Box was launched in June 2020 and is a collaboration between the School of Architecture and Design in Oslo (AHO), BI Norwegian School  and DOGA (Design and Architecture Norway).

The advertisement is in Norwegian, and the applicant must speak a Scandinavian language. The application deadline is March  5th.

You can find the advertisement here: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/200916/leder-av-d-box

CIRRUS network meeting. March 17, 18, 2021. Hosted online by EKA & CIRRUS board


March 17–18. (ALL TIMES IN CET)

Wednesday, March 17

13:00–14.45 General assembly no.1
13:00–13:05  Welcome! – Rector Mart Kalm, EKA
13:05–13:15   Agenda & Practical info, intro of the board 
13:15–13:20  Hello, everyone! Breakout-room testing
13:20–13:40  Presentation of EKA– Kristjan Mändmaa, EKA

13:40–13:55 Break

13:55–14.35  Keynote “Uncertainty/Complexity” – Johan Redström, UID 

Being invited to talk about complexity and uncertainty in design, this will be a somewhat speculative story about the two the notions, and how they might be related as design evolves towards what often seems to be increasing amounts of both. In particular, I would like to discuss why it seems we, as educators and researchers in these forms of higher education, can take less and less for granted in design even as we learn more and more about designing. 
Short bio
Johan Redström is Professor in Design at Umeå Institute of Design. Working at the intersections, and interactions, between research through design and design philosophy, recent interests tend to involve emerging technologies, posthumanist perspectives and new design practice.

14.35–14:45 Q&A/Discussions in breakout rooms

14:45–15:00 Break

15:00–16:20 Workshops
What’s going on?  
Presentations: Round of 2-minute overviews by leadership from each of the 18 member schools/institutes. No visuals. One person per school.  What is the national focus on in higher education in your country now? What are the main big challenges for your institution at the moment?
Chaired by: Lone Dalsgaard André, CIRRUS Chair, Kolding School of Design, Maria Göransdotter, CIRRUS board member, Umeå Institute of Design
Tuuli Junolainen: Supporting mental health in the turbulent times (of COVID-19)
Discuss principles as well as strategies and concrete techniques of how to support your own mental health and others in the times of uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to our lives. 
Short Bio: Tuuli Junolainen is a psychologist and a coach working at Telesis Coaching and Peaasi. She works with organizations identifying areas for organizational, team and individual development as well as designing and providing strategies to enhance business performance. She use exclusively evidence based and scientifically proven methodology – behavioural science, cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy and co-active coaching.

15:00 – 16:00 TEACHERS’ WORKSHOPS 1:
15:00–16:00 Teachers’ workshop A: New cooperation and joint projects,– Maarja Mõtus, EKA & Nesli Hazal Akbulut, EKA
15:00–16:00 Teachers’ workshop B: Preparing our students for life after graduation – Stella Runnel, EKA
Moderator: Stella Runnel – the head of Department of Accessory Design and Bookbinding in Estonian Academy of Arts. In addition, she has her own accessory brand Stella Soomlais that is aligned with circular economy philosophy. Being the head of the curriculum and a sustainable design brand, she is actively having discussions on topics regarding the needs of students in order to have a successful professional career after their studies.
What’s our plan? 
Besides design skills, what else should we teach students to better prepare them for the world full of uncertainty? Workshop consists of interactive brainstorming and group discussions. No limited number of participants.

16:00–16:20 Sum-up of workshops with everyone together

Thursday, March 18

09:00–09:30 Welcome back everyone!
09:30–10:30 Leadership workshop 2
Workshop: Conversations in small groups, joint re-cap and full group sharing: Strategies for the upcoming academic study year and how to restart post/during-pandemic; The situation with international students; Other pressing topics. 
Chaired by: Lone Dalsgaard André, CIRRUS Chair, Kolding School of Design, Maria Göransdotter, CIRRUS board member, Umeå Institute of Design
09:30–10:30 Coordinator workshop 2
Mapping CIRRUS, joint platform for Nordic networks or not?

09:30–10:30 Parallel sessions 1
A: Artistic vs Design Research? – Oliver Laas, EKA & Ruth-Helene Melioranski, EKA
Where do Arts and Design Research intersect? Is there a common ground that fits all?
B: New pedagogical formats – Kristiina Krabi-Klanberg, EKA

Besides design skills, what else should we teach students to better prepare them for the world full of uncertainty?
Please share in 3-4 min concrete problem and your solution/example from your own practice either from planning teaching-learning, teaching-learning situation (approaches-methods, materials or sth similar) or from assessment-feedback. If you have 1-2 pages on pdf to visualise your example and share from your screen – it would be perfect.

10:30–10:45 Coffee break

10:45–11:45 Parallel sessions 2
A: Sustainable development goals in practice – Martin Sønderlev Christensen (Royal Danish Academy)
What difficulties have you faced in implementing sustainable development concepts in your field of study?
B Future of Design Education – Garðar Eyjólfsson (Iceland University of the Arts)
What have been the essence and aims of your recent major curriculum changes? Where is it all heading?

11:45 –11:50 Stretch your legs!
11.50–12:10 Sum-up of workshops
12:10–13:15: Lunch

13:15–14:30 General assembly no. 2
13:15–13:25  Network activities since last meeting
13:25–13:35  New CIRRUS website
13:35–13:50  Mapping CIRRUS schools
13:50–14:00  The budget and the finance situation
14:00–14:05  Changes in CIRRUS board
14:05–14:15  Next CIRRUS meeting 2022
14:25–14:30  Thank you and goodbye!

Questions: sandra.mell@artun.ee

Call: ERKI Fashion Show

ERKI Fashion Show 2021 design competition
Fashion event from the past century – ERKI Fashion Show, which is directed to young fashion designers, students and all sorts of fashionistas. The participants have the chance to stun the audience with their craziest designs, creative fantasies and unique textile solutions.

Today on January 18th, we finally announce the collection design draft competition of ERKI Fashion Show 2021 open!

Design drafts for the competition can be sent until March 8th, 18:00(EET). The rules and regulations for the competition can be found under the attachments or on the Estonian Academy of Arts website: 

All creative talents, who have graduated from secondary school and are currently studying in universities, vocational schools or institutions of higher education, and those who have completed their studies up to 3 years ago, are welcome to take part in the competition.

The chosen designers who will get to present their collections at ERKI are planned to disclose on March 15th 2021 on the ERKI website (https://www.artun.ee/en/erki-fashion-show/) and also on ERKI Fashion Show social media.

At the end of May, the major event shaking the Estonian fashion design landscape will take place for the thirty-fourth time, which has been regularly organized by the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts. Many people are expected to attend the event, who will take part in an unprecedented show. ERKI Fashion Show also extends beyond the borders of Estonia – every year an international jury and participants from many parts of the world are involved.

ERKI Fashion Show on social media:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erkimoeshow/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ERKIMoeshow/
Cristopher Siniväli
ERKI Fashion Show main organizer
+372 5307 6016

Põhja pst 7
10412 Tallinn, Estonia

A New Year – New Normal or No Normal

January 25, 2021
14 – 15.30 CET – Sweden, Norway, Denmark
15 – 16.30 EET – Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
13-14.30 GMT – Reykjavik

Sign up here
Hosted by: Martin Sønderlev Christensen, PhD, Head of institute at the Royal Danish Academy, board member of CIRRUS

2020 was a very challenging year for everyone, the effect of the corona virus has been an apparent challenge and has had massive ramifications on our students and faculty ability to do what we normally do. Excluded from campus’, labs and workshops, distanced from each other. Doomed to be Zoomed. We have been partaking in a huge experiment. And one that isn’t over yet.

2020 however was more than the COVID-19 pandemic. we saw #metoo movements reemerging, ethnicity as a topic in movements “like black lives matter”, post colonialism, norm critic, cancel culture. we saw the full effect of fake news and the age of misinformation and surveillance economy, we saw climate change changing as the world globally came to a full stop in the scary light of the pandemic. We saw radical new ways of working and living with distance and massive social compliance. Just to mention a few events. This leaves us looking into 2021 with the sense of a new normal or perhaps even … a time of no normal. A sense of hope or despair?

  • How does design and design education adapt to these massive changes and emerging movements?
  • How do our students body respond to this in their work?
  • How does this affect our organizations? Our curriculum? Our way of teaching?
  • In short, what challenges and what opportunities are there for design having left 2020 and entered 2021?

How could the Nordic and Baltics play a significant role in taking design to the forefront of how we move on towards a better world? 

Martin Sønderlev Christensen, PhD, Head of institute at the Royal Danish Academy, board member of CIRRUS, will kick things off with some thought-provoking observations, speculations and even predictions about our near future landscape for design educations and research institution. 

Based on these topics we’ll break in an open space format into smaller groups to discuss different topics, aiming to return with some tangible propositions for how design is og need to be changing,  what role the Nordic and Baltics design community could have in a new to no normal world, and how CIRRUS could help.

Join us January 25, 14 – 15.30 CET/ 15 – 16.30 EET, sign up here by January 24!

Call for CIRRUS/Nordplus projects 2021

Intensive Student workshop in summer

CALL for project applications to Nordplus Higher Education Programme through CIRRUS network
DEADLINE: January 25, 2021, to be sent to sandra.mell@artun.ee
(Nordplus deadline is Feb 1, 2021).

We kindly ask your project descriptions along with the budget file in order to insert it in the application system of Nordplus. Please use Nordplus Handbook (pages 26 – 34) or turn to CIRRUS coordinator or your international coordinator at home to find out more.

The type of projects that we are waiting for are:
1. INTENSIVE COURSES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
2. JOINT STUDY PROGRAMMES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
3. DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 

MORE IN DETAIL (copied from NP handbook):

Intensive courses
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops. Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application.
PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated.

Examples of past CIRRUS intensive courses: 
Urban Gaming
Nature Design and Innovation. Imprint
Traditions and Innovation

Joint study programmes
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for development of joint study
Nordplus joint study programmes are defined as follows:
– Programmes are full-degree study programmes established according
to national legislation.
– Programmes lead to a degree recognised by national authorities.
– Degree certificates with a Diploma Supplement are issued according to
national legislation.
– Mobility is integrated into the programme setup.
– Programmes are developed jointly, and all courses and study units
should be approved by all participating parties.
– The collaborative venture is governed by a signed agreement defining
its aims as well as the roles of the participating parties.
The same joint study programme can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. Joint study programmes are complex processes. HEIs can combine Nordplus and Nordic Master grants in various ways. More information on Nordic Master is available on www.nordicmaster.org. The website consists
also of many useful handbooks and guides on joint programmes.

Development projects
Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education.
Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint
modules, projects may focus on issues such as:
– Collaboration with the labour market
– Quality assurance
– The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects
– The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public
or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
within Higher Education
– The development of new teaching methods.
The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.

CIRRUS Confabulations 4

GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #4: Amal Khalaf, “Collective Listening, Collective Dreaming”11 November, 5:00pm EET (4:00pm CET / 10:00am EST / 7:00am PDT)twitch.tv/ekagdma

Amal KhalafCollective Listening, Collective DreamingThrough listening moments, readings and sharing stories from projects developed over the last decade, we will think about how histories of radical pedagogy and practices of listening play a role in community practice and collective imagining. What are the ways that collective imagining can create alternative spaces for contesting power and advocating for new forms of relation? As an artist, organiser or designer how do you ground your practice in supporting collective desire? The challenge of including the arts and pedagogical practices meaningfully in research, organising and community initiatives is not new, but has grown more important in these crisis-ridden times. There is a need for more collaborative work embracing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and action.
About Amal KhalafAmal Khalaf is a curator and artist and currently Director of Programmes at Cubitt and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries where she has worked on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. Here and in other contexts she has commissioned and developed residencies, exhibitions, workshops and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice. Through Implicated Theatre (2011-2019) she has developed an arts and migrant justice program using Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies to create interventions, curricula and performances with ESOL teachers, hotel workers, domestic workers and other migrant justice organizers. 
She is a founding member of artist collective GCC, a trustee for not/no.w.here and on the artistic committee for Arts Catalyst. In 2019 she curated Bahrain’s pavilion for Venice and in 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.

ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONSA series of speakers taking an oblique look onto graphic design and its outlines in order to re-think, destabilize or decenter its normative structures and practices. By prioritising that which has taken place in the margins, ephemerally, despite oppression and in dissent, we will seek to widen the circumference of design practice. To see where else design has and can happen; how social and political movements have manifested in visual cultures; and ultimately to develop a sense of self-reflexivity toward our own privileges and positions.
Future lectures will include Ayasha Guerin (25 Nov), with more to be announced.
The lectures are free, open to the public, and closed caption supported.All lectures will be streamed live from twitch.tv/ekagdma
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS is a new free online public lecture series presented by the MA in Graphic Design program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, curated by Rosen Eveleigh, and partly supported by the CIRRUS Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education and Nordplus

EKA MA GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #1: Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures” 30 September, 5:00pm EET

MA in Graphic Design at Estonian Academy of Arts invites:
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS #1: Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures”30 September, 5:00pm EET (4:00pm CET / 10:00am EST / 7:00am PDT) twitch.tv/ekagdma

Cait McKinney, “Publishing as Queer Praxis: Lesbian Feminist Infrastructures”In this book talk drawn from Information Activism:  A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), I outline how lesbian feminists in the U.S. and Canada approached publishing as an information practice key to establishing a foundation for their movements, and building more livable lives for lesbians. Focusing on newsletters, bibliographies and indexes, I show how activists created and circulating information as a world-making process when access to information was otherwise precarious. 
Cait McKinney is Assistant Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, the author of Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020), and coeditor of Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and other Lesbian Hauntings (UBC, 2019). McKinney is interested in how queer social movements use digital technologies to build alternative information infrastructures. Their current research is on activist responses to early online content regulations; the intertwined histories of AIDS Activism and digital technologies; and the ways sexuality has been used to explain data and databases since the mid 20th century.

ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONSA series of speakers taking an oblique look onto graphic design and its outlines in order to re-think, destabilize or decenter its normative structures and practices. By prioritising that which has taken place in the margins, ephemerally, despite oppression and in dissent, we will seek to widen the circumference of design practice. To see where else design has and can happen; how social and political movements have manifested in visual cultures; and ultimately to develop a sense of self-reflexivity toward our own privileges and positions.
Future lectures will include speakers Silas Munroe (14 Oct), and Ayasha Guerin (25 Nov), with more to be announced.
The lectures are free, open to the public, and closed caption supported.All lectures will be streamed live from twitch.tv/ekagdma
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONFABULATIONS is a new free online public lecture series presented by the MA in Graphic Design program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, curated by Rosen Eveleigh, and partly supported by the CIRRUS Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education and Nordplus

Innovation in Healthcare CIRRUS IC

Innovation in Healthcare 

Innovation in Healthcare is a real-time 5-day online intensive funded by Nordplus Higher Education proramme that aims to bring together Cirrus network students and faculty with a focus on co-design as a methodology of planning and implementing change to improve the delivery of public (health)care.

Dates: 14 – 16.9 (self-directed learning); 17.9 and 24 – 26.9 (collaborative workshops). For a more detailed day-to-day course schedule (GMT+3),  see below.


Applications deadline: 12.9.2020 (23:59 GMT+3)

Please fill out the Application Form. Admissions decisions will be made on a continuing bases and no later than 13.9.2020. The intensive has limited enrolment due to the very challenging public health conditions that continue to disrupt how we approach service design in healthcare.


Held in collaboration with one of the top healthcare providers in Estonia, North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH), the intensive is to respond to the current lack of patient-driven innovation from within the Cirrus network. Designed to share and develop ideas  for urgently needed solutions as well as to build resilience post-pandemic, Cirrus students from any field of study will have the opportunity to join a dedicated IxD.ma team of their choice for fast-paced ideation, brainstorming, and prototyping with the aim of contributing to (health)care that could give patients the service and choices that they need.


The intensive will be co-led by Josina Vink, an Associate Professor in the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)Tanel Kärp, Head of IxD.ma at Estonian Academy of Arts, and Riina Raudne, Communications Designer, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health

Digital Mobility:

Video conferencing (Zoom), messaging platforms (Slack), as well as virtual whiteboards (Miro) will be used throughout the intensive to apply service thinking remotely. 

Following Cirrus Digital Mobility guidelines, financial support will be available to cover direct costs such as IT-support service, hardware and/or software, as needed. Only Cirrus network universities are eligible to apply for Digital Mobility grants on behalf of their students.

Course Schedule:

Monday, 14 September

Pre-recorded lectures and design toolbox distributed

Design Teams assigned

1st Assignment (independent) / Preliminary research

Thursday, 17 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

14:15 – 21:00 2nd Assignment (independent) / Brainstorming and Ideation

Thursday, 24 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

14:15 – 21:00 3rd Assignment (independent) / Rapid Prototyping

Friday, 25 September

10:00 – 12:00 Online lectures and mentoring

Saturday, 26 September

11:45: – 16:45 4th Assignment (independent) / Idea Refinement

CIRRUS express course at Art Academy of Latvia (LMA) / Dialogue 8-17 September, 2020

DIALOGUE (ceramics wood firing workshop)

Teaching period:  08.09 – 17.09.2020(8th Sept. – Arrival, 17th Sept. – Departure)
Teacher(s): LAA Prof. Dainis Lesins,  asoc.prof.Dainis Pundurs, asoc.prof. Ainars Rimicans, asoc.prof. Liga Skarina, asoc.prof. Eugenia Loginova. 

ECTS:  1,5

Number of available places for CIRRUS students: 2
Grant available: 2×70 EUR weekly rate + travel grant 330 EUR (Iceland 660 EUR). When you have been confirmed of the seat, please fill in the application form found here: https://cirrus.artun.ee/mobility-for-students/. It needs to be signed by your home coordinator and yourself and sent to sandra.mell@artun.ee along with the confirmation e-mail from LMA

Level: BA / MA 

Requirements: to prepare two project drawings for your art objects upon the arrival. 

Your individual working tools and work clothes shall be taken along with you.

Application deadline: 20.08.2020. The results will be announced on 21.08.2020.

How to apply: 

Please send a short motivation letter (mention also your full name, home university, study level, contacts) and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronic version or web link) to the e-mail address: sympo.lv@gmail.com

Course description: 

The course is envisaged as a part of an international ceramic symposium, during which an intensive programme will be carried out. The students will be given a unique possibility to be introduced to professional artists, their oeuvre.  Programme includes lectures, workshops, professional practice, wood kiln firing – high temperature soda wood firing, attendance of museums, galleries and the participation at the POP-UP exhibition on the end of the symposium. 

Assignment: This year’s theme of the symposium “Dialogue” invites artists to create small sculptural works (H about 30cm) using ceramic material, but find new, non-traditional shape, thus paying attention to the multifunctionality of the material as well as the artistic expressions. 

Envisaged results: students will obtain the knowledge in the field of ceramics materials and woodfiring technologies by practically developing the project in ceramics. The project works will be displayed at the exhibition.

Additional information:

Venues of the symposium – a splendid and picturesque resort by the seaside in Jurmala. 

 For all the group the guest house will be rented. Participation fee is compulsory for all the participants, for students (with a discount) – 180 Euro. It covers costs of accommodation in double room, working materials and firing. Catering is not provided, but each room is equipped with fridge, teapot, microwave.

Job opportunity at HDK-Valand: Head of Design Unit

Head of the Design Unit

Diary id: PAR 2020/740
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: HDK-Valand
Apply by: 2020-08-06

On 1 January 2020, Valand Academy and HDK – School of Design and Crafts merged to form the HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design. We are now looking for a visionary head to lead the design unit at HDK-Valand.

Over the coming year, the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts is conducting a change project aimed at creating an attractive programme, research and work environment for future students, employees and partners. Read more about the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and HDK-Valand here.

The Design Unit at HDK-Valand hosts an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program and three research-oriented international Master’s programmes in Design (Design, Child Culture Design, Embedded Design) as well as a series of free-standing courses. Historically, the unit is rooted in the Gothenburg Slöyd Association’s School, which was established in 1848, and and the unit is located in Hedlund’s beautiful Art Nouveau building in Kristinelundsgatan in central Gothenburg with the Röhsska Museum as nearest neighbor.

HDK-Valand was among the first in the Nordic countries to embrace the modern concept of design and to establish a research environment and doctoral education. The Design Unit has proud traditions in collaboration with regional design industries as well as international design schools. Design research and design teaching at HDK-Valand have a strong focus on sustainable development and social responsibility. Empathy, experimentation, and the encounter with audiences and the design public are central in research methodology as well as in pedagogical practice.

Job description

The position primarily is to lead and develop the unit after the merger and towards fulling the Arts2025 vision. Major focus is on working with staff to develop the subject and the range of programme and course offerings within the unit, developing an inspiring and productive research environment, creating a good work environment and developing the organisation and its practices. The position’s responsibilities require clear communication and experience in working with development and change at group and individual levels.

The leadership assignment includes driving change and development work at unit, department, and faculty levels, participating in the management group, leading and supporting teaching staff, and coordinating work within the unit with the rest of the university and external partners.

The head of the unit has delegated staff and budget responsibility for about 40 employees (teachers, researchers and doctoral students) at the unit. The management assignment is planned to total 80% of full-time. Remaining time can be used for teaching, research or development projects, in consultation and in agreement with the head of department.

Work assignments include outreach and development of networks and collaborations both within and outside the university.


The position requires experience and demonstrated ability to lead staff and operations and to successfully drive change processes, experience working with the design field and experience from teaching.

Assessment criteria

Particular emphasis is placed on leadership experience, documented ability to lead staff and organisations and the ability to successfully drive change processes.

Educational expertise and artistic expertise are of equal importance, and the following criteria will be given particular emphasis:

  • ability to lead and facilitate collaboration and artistic and artist-led group processes
  • documented ability to lead and develop external partnerships
  • active participation in international and/or national networks within the field
  • documented experience of teaching at university level and experience in developing programmes, course content and examination forms
  • documented research competence and/or competence within artistic development as well as research management experience from a university or art school context or from research and development within another relevant sector
  • experience in developing education in interdisciplinary contexts
  • participation in relevant national and international networks within design practice and research

The assessment of applicants will examine personal suitability for the position and administrative abilities.

The university environment is primarily Swedish speaking, but the Design unit is in part international, which means you need to be able to lead and communicate in both Swedish/Scandinavian and English, both in written and spoken forms. If you do not have a command of Swedish, language courses will be offered.

If you lack training related to teaching and learning in higher education, you will be expected to attend such training or validate the equivalent existing skills.

After an overall assessment, the applicant deemed to have the best potential to carry out the position’s assignments will be chosen. Particular emphasis is placed on personal suitability.


You will be employed as a lecturer in Design and have an assignment as Head of Unit. At the University it is possible to apply for promotion to Senior lecturer.

The position is time limited to five years accordingly to Högskoleförordningen 4kap §10 Lärare inom konstnärlig verksamhet. The position is a full time position located at HDK-Valand. Start date is on a date agreed upon by both parties.

Appointment procedure

The selection process might involve interviews, tests and asking for references.

For questions about the position, contact

Troels Degn Johansson, Head of Department

Therese Vestlund, Human Resources Officer 

Union organisations

Union representatives at University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives


You apply for the position through the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply” button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete in accordance with the advertisement for the position and that it is submitted to the university by the closing date. Any documents that cannot be submitted in electronic form are to be sent in triplicate with registration number to:

University of Gothenburg
ATT. Therese Vestlund 
Box 131
405 30 Gothenburg

We wish your application to be written in English.

Applications are to be received no later than: 6 August 2020

The University of Gothenburg works actively to promote an equal work environment and values highly the qualities diversity brings with it.

The university sets salaries on an individual basis.

In accordance with the directions of Sweden’s National Archive Office, the university is obliged to store application documents for two years after the appointment decision. If an applicant for a position specifically requests the return of the documents, the documents will be sent back after these two years; otherwise they will be disposed of.

About Us

Together with the Academy of Music and Drama, HDK-Valand forms Scandinavia’s largest faculty of fine, applied and performing arts, with unique breadth to its artistic education and research. The departments are located in central Gothenburg and work closely with local and regional cultural organisations, a wide-ranging international network and many international collaborators. Read more about HDK-Valand on the Academy’s website.