IDG3014 - Superstructure Project, Portfolio and Exhibition


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

“Super-structure project” is an individual practical design project which extends or supplements topics from one or several of the study programme’s courses -- for example as an immersive personal project or a project with an external client.
“Portfolio and exhibition” is a design project where the student is allowed to develop techniques and skills in graphic design and project management. The module builds on knowledge and skills the student has acquired earlier in the programme and is to a large extent student led. The student shall build a personal portfolio consisting of ten projects from the previous courses and produce it and put forward for assessment and final exhibition. Also, the class will be responsible for project management of the portofolio production (print and binding), and orga

Learning outcome

The student shall develop further as a designer, specifically within the field portfolio design and design for self promotion. The module entails the structuring and design of a large content matter gathered in a comprehensive portfolio (typically around 200 A3-pages), design for navigation and access, hierarchy, composition of text and images/illustrations, and technical preparations for print including colour management and pre-press and also binding of the final portfolio. The student will also have to make use of methods for project management and marketing to meet deadlines for the production of portfolios and to promote the final exhibition.

Learning methods and activities

Individual design project, with weekly supervision (formative-iterative evaluation). Sketches, the work process and the end result must documented.

Compulsory assignments

  • Design Project

Further on evaluation

For the super-structure project: Summative assessment at the end of the semester: Passed / failed. The project(s) may then be included in a portfolio for final summative graded assessment (with internal and external examiners) at the end of the third and final year (grades A–F). The super-structure project must be passed to be able to put the portfolio up for assessment (see 2. below).

Portfolio and exhibition: Ten chosen projects are included in a portfolio for final summative graded assessment (with internal and external examiners) at the end of the module (grades A-F). This grade represents the final grade for all the practical design projects which have previously been marked «passed». The portfolio is assessed by internal and external examiners by the following criteria: Usability (the ergonomic aspect), idea and concept (the semantic aspect), expression (the aesthetic aspect), and craftmanship in execution.

If failed, the course must be taken anew.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Graphic Design (BMED)

Required previous knowledge

The course is limited to students in the program Bachelor in Graphic Design

Course materials

For super-structure project:
Lerdahl, Erik (2007). Slagkraft: håndbok i idéutvikling. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk.
Noble, Ian, og Russel Bestley (2007). Visual research: an introduction to methods in graphic design. 3rd ed. London: Bloomsbury.
For portfolio and exhibition:
Earnest, Allison (2012). Lighting for product photography. Buffalo, NY: Amherst Media.
Fjørtoft, Magnar (2012). Digital fotografi i praksis. 5. utg. Tingvold: Abrakadabra forlag.
Hughes, Philip (2010). Exhibition design. London: Laurence King.
Rowe, Robert, Gary Will, og Harold Linton (2010). Graphic design portfolio strategies: for print and digital media. Foreword by Ellen Lupton. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
The best of business card design. Beverly, Mass.: Rockport (bokserie, klassenummer 741.67).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT3014 5.0 01.09.2019
IMT3015 5.0 01.09.2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Language of instruction: -

Location: Gjøvik

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design



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