TPD4100 - Design 1 - Introduction


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Written exam
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 40/100 4 hours E
Portfolio assessment 60/100 1 semesters A

Course content

This course provides an introduction to design as concept and profession as well as design history. Through lectures, exercises and project work, the students are introduced to the designer’s ways of thinking, working, use of basic drawing techniques and other visual communication techniques.

Design history, with a separate set of lectures and exam, is part of the course.

Mandatory workshop course (wood) is also included.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: After completing the course, the candidates should have a basic understanding of design as a concept and as a profession.

Skills: After completing the course, the candidates have gained training in various practical techniques for developing, visualizing, disseminating and evaluating ideas. The candidates should be able to conduct an iterative design process applied to products (select and justify the use of introduced techniques and concepts).

General competence: After completing the course, the candidates will be able to use various practical techniques to carry out a design process. After completing the course, the candidates are familiar with general design history. After completing the course, the candidates have passed mandatory workshop course (wood).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, project work and exam. Most exercises include oral presentation of the results. The introductory course ”Teknostart” and workshop course (wood) are integrated as mandatory parts of the course. Exercises must be completed and approved before final project presentation. Project work includes oral presentation of the results.

Further on evaluation

Both parts must be approved in order to get the final result approved.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, parts of the assessments during the course can be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Industrial Design Engineering (MTDESIG)

Course materials

Kurt Hanks and Larry Belliston. 2006. Rapid Viz. A New Method for the Rapid Visualitzation of Ideas.

Klara Sjölén and Allan Macdonald. 2011. Learning Curves: An inspiring guide to improve your design sketch skills.

Susann Vihma. 2005. Designhistoria - en introduktion

David Seth Raizman: History of Modern Design. 2010. ISBN: 9781856696944. Laurence King Publishing

More information about course material will be announced when course starts.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 8
No.of specialization hours: 2

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design Engineering - Design Methodology
  • Design Methodology
  • Interaction Design
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Written exam

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 40/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 60/100 A
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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