• Beckmans College of Design

Creativity & Innovation

Design and communication with present and future relevance

A focus on the world outside

Communication and design are all about interacting with people. Therefore, lively discussions about developments in society, industry, technology, and about the environment, gender equality and multiculturalism are core features at Beckmans. We want to prepare you to influence social development within the fields and issues that interest you!

A historic perspective

Designers and communicators always work with a focus on the future. Sometimes, the future is very close, a website to be launched the next day, or a garment that has to be on sale in a shop next week. Sometimes, we take the longer view, a piece of furniture can become a design classic, and a restaurant interior needs to work for many years.

Shared responsibility

With the innovative ideas and products we develop and design, we influence people’s way of being, thinking and living, today and in the future. Therefore, we have a huge responsibility for the planet’s resources and the quality of life for future generations.

It is often suggested that design-intensive industries contravene the need for sustainable development.At the Beckmans College of Design, we believe that sustainability is more than just knowledge about the environment, recycling and materials relating to a product. Sustainability also requires an awareness and knowledge of economics, politics, production and norm-critical approaches.

Partnerships

We are convinced that design is crucial and necessary to achieving a society that is both environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

Therefore, cooperation is an important part of our curriculum. Our students collaborate with each other, both within and between our study programmes, and with other parties, organisations, businesses and industries outside Beckmans.

Relevance

Your ideas, creative processes, design and communication solutions grow and flourish in the encounter with other people, and meanwhile you build networks and contacts that will be useful in your future career. We want to challenge and inspire you to use your creativity in a way that is relevant to our common present and future!

Study Environment

 

Brahegatan 10 is seething with creativity

Central location

The Beckmans College of Design is only a stone’s throw away from Stureplan and Östermalmstorg in central Stockholm.

We have four large floors at our disposal in a building on Brahegatan 10, designed by Carl Nyrén in the 1960s. Our premises are bright, with big windows facing the street and a green, open courtyard.

Your own workplace

We provide all university-level students with their own workspace here!

Fashion

The top floor, for our fashion students,has a sewing workshop and two draping studios with workbenches and dress forms, two project rooms and a kitchen.

Visual Communications

Visual Communications on the floor belowhas a paper workshop, two project rooms and a kitchen.Our library, with relevant specialist literature and international periodicals for all our students is also located on this level, along with our offices.

Design

Design students have their workspaces, project rooms and kitchen on the next floor down,along with our café, which serves freshly-baked buns and subsidised student lunches.

The Library

Our library has textbooks and international magazines relating to all our study programmes. Our administrative offices are located next to the library.

Beckmans café

Our café is run by Classe and serves freshly-baked buns and subsidised student lunches.

Large courtyard

In the summer, we can have coffee and eat in our beautiful courtyard with apple and peach trees and rhubarbs.Magnolia, lilacs and laburnum blossom around graduation time.

Gallery for exhibitions

We also have the use of two glass houses in the courtyard.One is a gallery for our student exhibitions.The other contains two bright classrooms.

Workshops

Our workshops for cabinet making, metalwork, knitting and silkscreen printing are on the ground floor, along with our photo studio, computer rooms, cutting room, advanced printers, assembly hall and nude drawing studio. The last two are used alternately for lessons, exhibitions and fashion shows.

Product and Interior Design 180 ECTS

Growing on me by Kristina Kruuna

Growing on me by Kristina Kruuna

Do you want to design tomorrow’s products? The Beckmans Product and Interior Design programme emphasises the broad scope of the subject, with a focus on product design.

Design

Design is a field that is constantly developing. Product design influences our way of life, how we move through a room, or what discussions arise.The Design programme at Beckmans emphasises the wide scope of this field – from unique pieces to serial production in materials such as wood, textile, glass, ceramics, metal and paper.Beckmans offers courses in Product Design at BA and foundation level.

BA in Art and Design, 180 ECTS

The Design study programme provides you with the artistic and professional skills required for a rewarding career, designing products, objects and spaces in Sweden and internationally.

Many interesting and successful designers studied at the Beckmans College of Design, including Monica Förster, Anna Kraitz, Fredrik Paulsen and Margot Barolo, who is now deputy head of the Design programme.

Product design and design methodology

The main subject, Product Design, includes segments on furniture design, product design, interior design, material knowledge, technical drawing, and lighting. You will practise design methodology and how to apply design processes. You will elaborate on ideas and concepts, which will be visualised in physical or spatial designs. You will acquire tools for two- and three-dimensional communication.

Sustainability and diversity

Today’s designers naturally need to relate to issues of sustainability and diversity.By consistently highlighting and discussing urgent social issues, the Beckmans College of Design educates designers who are creative and analytical and can work in and help develop Swedish and international businesses and institutions.

Exhibitions and networks

Throughout your studies, you will present your design to the industry, the media and the public, at exhibitions such as the Stockholm Furniture Fair.You will gain experience in how to create and dramatise an exhibition concept, its construction and lighting, and how your design can be communicated to the industry, the media and the general public.

Throughout your studies you will build networks in the business which will be invaluable to your future career.You will have placements in design companies, including design studios and major corporations.

Theory and practice

Today, professional designers need a palette of skills and personal qualities, an awareness of contexts and interests, the ability to work in a team and independently, and to operate locally and globally.

Developing your artistic talents and your personal creative style is important to us. Our aim is to encourage students to become independent creators, who will ultimately contribute to developing the field of design. With this in view, we alternate continuously between theory and practice.

In addition to the primary subject of Product Design (142.5 credits), we include courses in Artistic Representation (19.5 credits), where you develop your artistic skills, and History, Theory, Context (18 credits), to give you the tools to reflect on context.

Partnerships

A unique feature at the Beckmans College of Design is our collaborations with professionals and organisations in the design industry. You will be inspired by our current, influential guest teachers and meet exciting associates within the scope of the many projects included in the course.

In autumn 2014, for instance, Year 2 collaborated with the Nobel Museum, where they designed an exhibition, while Year3 designed glass tableware for Svenskt Tenn.Two of the student-designed glass pieces will soon be launched into production by the company.

A number of courses are held jointly with the Beckmans programmes for Fashion and Visual Communications, to expand your understanding of other disciplines and extend your skills and networks in design and communication.

Your three years at Beckmans

Your first year will consist of a variety of separate courses. The main subject is product design, and you will work with a variety of materials, including wood, textiles and clay. Alongside this, you will study presentation techniques and design methods.In the second year, you will expand your new knowledge, while working on spatial design.

In the final year, the focus will be on your future career as a designer. You will engage more independently in larger projects, involving objects that will be presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and your own graduation piece, which will be featured at the Beckmans graduate exhibition.

Professional development is a subject that will be pursued throughout all three years. You will also receive coaching and support regularly from our professionally active teachers.

Portfolio

This study programme will develop your creativity and focuses on originality, innovation and artistic and design talent.You will build a portfolio of work that summarises your knowledge and skills, in view of further studies, future assignments and work.

BA in Product Design

The programme leads to a BA in Fine Arts, with a major in Product Design. Our students also have the opportunity to stay on for an MA.

Professionally active teachers

All our teachers are professionally active in different areas of design.

Here are our Design teachers.

“Very high quality”

When the Swedish Higher Education Authority reviewed various art education offered at university level in Sweden in 2014, the Beckmans College of Design’s BA programme in Design was judged to be of “very high quality”.

 

Fashion 180 ECTS

Beckmans Fashion Collaboration 2015 – Fashion films Trailer from Beckmans College of Design on Vimeo.

 

Fashion

Clothing and accessories help us express our identity. Fashion both influences and reflects the times we are living in, the issues that are current, and why they are so right now. Beckmans offers courses in fashion design at BA and foundation level.

BA in Art and Design, 180 ECTS

The Fashion programme at Beckmans provides you with the artistic and professional skills required for a rewarding career in fashion design and product development in Sweden and internationally.

Many interesting and successful fashion designers have studied at the Beckmans College of Design, including Ann-Sofie Back, Anna Holtblad, Sandra Backlund, Margareta van den Bosch, Helena Hörstedt and Pär Engsheden, who is currently the head of the Fashion study programme.

Fashion design and design processes

You will practise fashion design and develop your understanding of different types of design processes, technology and research methods.You will present ideas and concepts with mood boards, you will produce colour and material charts, draw textile prints, experiment with materials, drape garments on dress forms, i.e. create 3D sketches/convert designs into toile (garment prototypes in cheaper fabric), draw a line-up of your collection, make technical drawings on the computer of the garments you design, and learn to make patterns from draping.

In our new knitting workshop, you will have opportunities to experiment with knitwear or details.Fashion illustration classes will develop your eye and your aesthetic style, while practising your ability to communicate your ideas.

Sustainability and diversity

Today’s fashion designers naturally need to relate to issues of sustainability and diversity.By consistently highlighting and discussing urgent social issues, we train designers who are creative and analytical and can work for, and contribute to the development of, Swedish and international businesses and institutions.

Fashion shows and networks

You will show your fashion design to the industry, the media and the public, at fashion shows and exhibitions.You will gain experience from fashion shows – on the catwalk and behind the scenes.

Throughout your studies you will build networks in the business, which will be invaluable to your future career. You will have placements with established Swedish and international labels.

Theory and practice

Today, professional fashion designers need a palette of skills and personal qualities, an awareness of contexts and interests, an ability to work in a team and independently, and to operate locally and globally.

Developing your artistic skills and your personal aesthetic language is important to us.Our aim is to encourage our students to become independent creators, who will ultimately contribute to developing the field of fashion design.With this in mind, we alternate continuously between theory and practice.

In addition to the primary subject of Fashion Design (142.5 credits), we include courses in Artistic Representation (19.5 credits), where you develop your artistic skills, and History, Theory, Context (18 credits), to give you the tools needed to reflect on the contexts of the fashion industry.

Partnerships

A unique feature at the Beckmans College of Design is our collaborations with professionals and organisations in the fashion industry.You will be inspired by our topical, prominent guest teachers and meet exciting associates within the scope of the many projects included in the course.

In the academic year 2014-2015, for instance, Year 1 showed ball gowns inspired by the Nobel Ceremony at the Nobel Museum, and Year3 interpreted Swedish labels such as the Guldknappen winners Whyred and Filippa K, House of Dagmar (winner of Elle magazine’s 2015 design award), Carin Wester, Cheap Monday and Örjan Andersson, in the Fashion Collaboration show at Stockholm Fashion Week.

Some joint courses with the Beckmans programmes for Design and Visual Communications will expand your understanding of other disciplines and extend your skills and networks in design and communication.

Your three years at Beckmans

In your first year at Beckmans, you will gain a basic proficiency in fashion design.You will learn practical skills and a general understanding of the fashion design process at product level, along with a basic knowledge in design and fashion theory.Throughout the year, you will integrate practice and theory in longer projects, while deepening your knowledge of fashion at systemic level.

In the final year, the focus will be on your future career as a fashion designer.You will work more independently on major projects, designing your own collections, including one to be presented at the Stockholm Fashion Week, and one as your graduation project, which will be featured at the Beckmans graduate show and the Beckmans graduate exhibition.

Professional development is a subject that will be pursued throughout all three years.You will also receive coaching and support regularly from our professionally active teachers.

Portfolio

Our programme will develop your creativity and focuses on originality, innovation and artistic talent.You will build a portfolio of work that summarises your knowledge and skills, in view of further studies, future assignments and work.

BA in Fashion Design

Our programme leads to a BA in Fine Arts, with a major in Fashion Design.Our students also have the opportunity to stay on for an MA.

Professionally active teachers

All our teachers are professionally active and have various specialities in fashion.

Here are our Fashion teachers.

“High quality”

When the Swedish Higher Education Authority reviewed the various art educations offered at university level in Sweden in 2014, the Beckmans College of Design’s BA programme in Fashion was judged to be of “high quality”.

 

Visual Communications 180 ECTS

Uppgift 3 – 18069 Meursault, Arthur from Marcus Nystrand on Vimeo.

Do you want to be a communications officer, art director, creative director or graphic designer in Sweden or abroad? Then Visual Communications is the programme for you.

Visual Communications

Visual communication is the designed communication that surrounds us in physical space and in traditional and new media. This is an enormous field and it has developed rapidly in recent decades. Communication between people affects our perception of the world, our values, and the way we discuss things. Beckmans offers courses in Visual Communications at BA and foundation level.

BA in Visual Communications, 180 ECTS

The Visual Communications programme (180 credits) provides the artistic and professional knowledge required for a rewarding career in communications and graphic design in Sweden and internationally.

Many interesting and successful communications officers, art directors, creative directors and graphic designers studied at the Beckmans College of Design, includingFrank Hollingworth (King), Björn Kusoffsky (Stockholm Design Lab), Stefania Malmsten, Tove Langseth and Eddie Ågren. The head of the BA programme in Visual Communications is Eric Ericson.

Visual intelligence

All visual communication starts with a problem or a question. The ability to creatively develop ideas and formulate problems is the most important asset of a visual communicator, and our emphasis is on this throughout the programme.

You will acquire basic skills in graphic design, digital communication, advertising, visual storytelling, photography, filmmaking, illustration and motion graphic design; these are the primary subjects in Visual Communications.

Visual intelligence and playful curiosity are vital tools throughout your studies, as you practise your capacity to work in a team and on projects.

Sustainability and diversity

Today, a visual communicator naturally needs to relate to issues of sustainability and diversity. By consistently highlighting and discussing urgent social issues, our visual communicators learn to be creative and analytical and can work in and help develop Swedish and international businesses and institutions.

Exhibitions, competitions and networks

Throughout your studies, you will demonstrate your ability to create visual communications for industries, media and the public, by creating communication material for fashion shows, exhibitions, and other events or assignments, in association with various clients, organisations and companies.

You will also have opportunities to take part in competitions such as Roy jr and Kolla.

Throughout your studies you will build networks in the business which will be invaluable to your future career.You will have a placement in an agency or company in Sweden or abroad.

Theory and practice

Today, professional visual communicators and graphic designers need a palette of skills and personal qualities, an awareness of contexts and interests, the ability to work in teams and independently, and to operate locally and globally.

Developing your artistic talents and your personal creative style is important to us. Our aim is to help you become an independent visual communicator with a solid understanding of what visual communications is and what it can accomplish. With this in mind, we alternate continuously between theory and practice.

In addition to the primary subject of Visual Communications (138 credits), we include courses in Artistic Representation (19.5 credits), where you develop your artistic skills, and History, Theory, Context (22.5 credits), to give you the tools needed to reflect on various contexts.

Partnerships

A unique feature of the Beckmans College of Design is our collaborations with professionals and organisations in design and communications. You will be inspired by our current, prominent guest teachers and meet exciting associates within the scope of the many projects included in the course.

In Spring 2014, Year 1collaborated with Swedish Pen, and in Autumn 2014, Years 2 and 3 made a digital campaign for Kulturhuset’s Debate Forum.

A number of courses are held jointly with the Beckmans programmes for Fashion and Design, to expand your understanding of other disciplines and extend your skills and networks in design and communications.

Your three years at Beckmans

In your first year, you will focus on developing your creativity. You will gain basic practical and theoretical knowledge in the field of visual communications: advertising, graphic design, digital communication, photography, film and motion graphic design. A strong emphasis is put on developing your awareness of the role of visual communication in a cultural and social perspective.

In the second year, you will develop your ability to work with creative visual design, based on complex ideas and concepts.You will practise presenting your own work process visually and relating it to the needs of a professional client.

In the final year, the focus will be on your future career as a communicator and designer.You will learn how to relate your work to various real-life contexts, and how to challenge it, both critically and visually. You will work more independently on larger projects, while studying your specialist topic in greater detail for your graduation project, which will be presented at the Beckmans graduate exhibition.

Professional development is a subject that will be pursued throughout all three years. You will also receive coaching and support regularly from our professionally active teachers.

Portfolio

Our study programme will develop your creativity and focuses on originality, innovation, artistic talent and craftsmanship.You will build a portfolio of work that summarises your knowledge and skills, in view of further studies, future assignments and employment.

BA in Visual Communications

The programme leads to a BA in Fine Arts, with a major in Visual Communications. Our students also have the opportunity to stay on for an MA.

Professionally active teachers

All our teachers are professionally active and have various specialities in the field of visual communications.

 



 

Contact

Beckmans Designhögskola
Brahegatan 10, 114 37 Stockholm
info@beckmans.se
Tel: 08-660 20 20
Beckmans Designhögskola, org.nr 556260-7514.
Beckmans Kvällskola samt Beckmans Akademi, org.nr 556358-5297