IDG1000 - Graphic Tools, Principles and Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 3 hours D

Course content

The course will give students a fundamental introduction to central tools, principles and methods for graphic design on a variety of screens such as smartphones and tablets. The course includes numerous practical exercises and the student is expected to demonstrate responsibility for independent learning and development throughout the semester.


  • Creativity and ideation
  • Basic principles for layout and composition for screen media
  • Sketching techniques and visual genres in design for digital media
  • Sketching in design processes: from wireframing to prototype
  • Current design trends for digital media
  • Typographic principles for presentation and on-screen reading
  • Basic colour theory, principles and tools for choosing and using colors in digital media
  • Universal Design (inclusive design): rules, regulations and evalution tools
  • Application of graphic tools for communication, presentation and storytelling

Learning outcome


After successful completion of the course, the student will obtain basic knowledge about graphic design for digital media, including sketching, fundamental typography, basic color theory, layout and graphic composition. The student must be able to explain different genres within design for digital media.


After successful completion, the student shall be able to use fundamental functions in graphic software, to import, edit and save/export graphical elements for presentation and prototyping software.

General Competence

After successful completion, the student shall be able to make fundamental decisions about graphic methods and tools for the purpose of developing presentation. The student shall be aware of conventions, genres and best practice in graphic design for digital media and shall to a certain degree be able to apply this to improve or design new materials for presentation.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, workshops and practical exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Module 1
  • Module 2
  • Module 3
  • Semester portfolio

Further on evaluation

Two out of three assignments must be passed in each module, as well as submission of a process diary as the last compulsory activity before the exam.


  • Compulsory work requirements divided into 3 modules + a semester portfolio must be approved in order to be allowed to take the exam
  • Written Exam (counts 100%)

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Interaction Design (BIXD)
Web Design (ÅRWEB)
Web Development (BWU)

Course materials

Syllabus will be given at the start of the semester

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Design Methodology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-12 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
S206 Smaragd 8
A-atriet-1/3 (A-160) Ametyst 30
M407-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 1
A-atriet-2/3 (A-160) Ametyst 30
M413-Eksamensrom 4.etg Mustad, Inngang A 4
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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