TPD4153 - Structural Packaging Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The course focuses on structural packaging design, where the packaging design and functionality is at the center from production to recycling. Graphic design, with emphasis on the functional, will also be included in the course.

The following areas will be examined:
- packaging trends and packaging needs,
- choice of packaging type,
- protection of the product,
- material and production,
- filling and packing,
- storage and transport,
- distribution channels,
- exposure,
- customer experience and ease of use,
- packaging optimization and environment,
- regulations and rules.

In addition, marketing and the commercial aspects of packaging will be treated.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate has acquired basic knowledge in structural packaging design.

Skills: Goal oriented product design, focusing on the possibilities and limitations in packaging design.

General qualifications: Through the project the candidate has explored the role of packaging in the marketing context.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, assignments, exercises, model making and industry excursions. A verbal presentation of the results is included in the project assignments.

Further on evaluation

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

The course is limited to students of Industrial Design Engineering. Students with spesialisation Product design has first priority. Students with specialization interaction design or other relevant background can apply the professor in charge to get permission to take the course. It is assumed that students can use SolidWorks or equivalent modeling program.

Course materials

Stated at beginning of semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 6
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design Engineering - Integrated Product Development
  • Product Development and Engineering Design
  • Product Design
  • Aesthetic Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design



Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 100/100
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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