TPD4144 - Design 6 - Futures


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Design 6 - Futures focuses on futures in two ways. Students become conscious of future roles designers can have in society. Students decide what project to undertake to address the role they foresee meaningful for themselves.

Students will complete and document an external project and participate in workshops. There will be lectures on different design processes and on the agency of designers in relation to the stakeholders of the project they are executing. Topics: Core design skills, Design methodology, Client and Stakeholder involvement.

Grades are based on project documentation, design process description and reflection on the process.

Learning outcome


The students are familiar with several theoretical perspectives on design practice and the design process. They are able to formulate their own professional standpoint on the role they want to play in society and how this role reflects in the design assignment they will carry out in D6. The students can plan, manage, and deliver appropriate documentation for a design project in a realistic context.


The student is able to put together what has previously been learnt in the study program, in new contexts. They can deliver a proposal for a realistic collaboration or project. They can document the design process in a way that is relevant to the theme and principal needs.

General competence:

The student are able to describe their professional competence in relation to theories of design and process. The student can plan and carry out a design project with an external partner on their own.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, workshop exercises, project with external partner and tutoring. It is possible for students to propose project topics within limitations and deadlines posted on Blackboard before the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory assigment

Further on evaluation

In order to take the exam, the student has to complete the obligatory assignment, a reflection note. For the exam, students will create a project delivery (60%) and a work book (40%).

For a re-take of an examination, both assessments during the course must be re-taken. Re-take of exam can be done in the following semester.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

TPD4156 Design 5 - Service Design. Limited to students in the Industrial Design program.

Course materials

Reccomended books wil be announced at the beginning of the course. Articles are handed out during the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design Engineering - Integrated Product Development
  • Product Design Engineering - Design Methodology
  • Design Methodology
  • Interaction Design
  • Product Design - EcoDesign
  • Product Design - Man/Machine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Work 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 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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