Design School Kolding

  • Ågade 10

    6000 Kolding


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Design School Kolding was established in 1967 and research accredited in 2010. We offer high quality BA, MA and PhD Degree Programmes with teaching based on innovative practice and research in close collaboration with the business community. Although the institution is quite small, with only 400 students enrolled per year, it is an internationally acclaimed design university where students work with tools, techniques, concepts and methods in an international academic setting and enjoy easy access to excellent workshop facilities. Our activities also include postgraduate courses and consultancy services.

Design for People, Planet, Play
We believe that the overall objective of any university should be to generate and transfer knowledge in ways that create value at many different levels of society. Our knowledge specifically intends to challenge and reinforce the fields of Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Accessory Design and Communication Design in a societal context by focusing on three strategic areas that we refer to as Design for People, Design for Planet, and Design for Play. This means we dedicate a large part of our MA Programme and our research and development activities to issues of sustainability, social design and play.

Partnerships and Reciprocity
We work hard to tear down the division between research and education and between education and business development. We do so by having an organisation that supports cross collaboration and sustains the nexus between knowledge production and teaching.

Under the framework of our three laboratories – the Lab for Sustainability and Design, the Lab for Social Design, and the Lab for Play and Design
– we direct our research and development activities towards helping develop and sustain our design programmes to make them relevant to the job market today and tomorrow. This means that the majority of the staff employed here contribute to the generation of new knowledge as well as to the day-to-day teaching. At the same time, we give priority to building strong partnerships with relevant companies and public institutions to ensure that our students are able to engage in unique learning environments and, equally, to create interesting collaboration possibilities for our researchers and developers. Research at Design School Kolding thus contributes to a better understanding of the important role design plays in the development of a society’s innovative dynamics. The school’s research supports the development of concepts and methods in design-led innovation processes in both the business community and the cultural scene, as well as in the public sector. The research is also important in the continuous changes to the knowledge base of design programmes.

Design School Kolding is dedicated to educating students who are able to help fulfil the UN Global Goals, and our commitment drives us to try to influence the global agenda and work to help small and medium-sized companies move towards a sustainable future.

Publication collaborations within the past 5 years. Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


Photo of Canan Akoglu

Canan Akoglu

Person: Scientific employee with research time

Photo of Lone Dalsgaard André

Lone Dalsgaard André

Person: Scientific employee without research time


Research Output 1990 2019

Gamification and Games as Facilitation Methods for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - ISPIM Innovation conference, Firenze 2019

Breuer, H., Gudiksen, S. K., Abril, C. & lehmann, C., Jun 2019. 21 p.

Publications: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Modelling the Roles of Designers and Teaching Staff when Doing Participatory Design with Children in Special Education.

Barendregt, W., Eriksson, E., Bekker, T., Torgersson, O., Börgesson, P. & Skovbjerg, H. M., 2019, Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Full Papers - Volume 1.

Publications: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

Projects 2005 2022

Narrating Material Aesthetics

Mikkelsen, M. K.


Project: Research

Take Back af Tekstiler

Skjold, E.


Project: Research



Kent Laursen (Recipient), 1 May 2006

Prize: Prizes

Arbejdslegat 2005

Helle Rude Trolle (Recipient), 1 May 2005

Prize: Prizes

Arbejdslegat 2007

Helle Rude Trolle (Recipient), 1 May 2007

Prize: Prizes

Activities 2000 2020

The Design Journal (Journal)

Canan Akoglu (Reviewer)
6 Jan 2020 → …

Activity: Peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Materials & Design (Journal)

Karen Marie Hasling (Reviewer)
2 Dec 2019

Activity: Peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

Elena Fajt

Ulla Ræbild (Host), Vibeke Riisberg (Host)
4 Nov 20198 Nov 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Press / Media

Affald bliver til nyt tøj, når danske designere bruger restmaterialer

Ulla Ræbild


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media


Louise Ravnløkke


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media