TPD4195 - Design Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

The student shall, alone or as a member of a group, complete a design project. A tutor is assigned depending on the project topic. A plan for completing the project must be approved by the tutor within the first 2 weeks of the term. Model building included when it is relevant to the project.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate has utilized general knowledge from previous studies, and collected special knowledge to solve a specific design task.

Skills: The candidate has developed its own capabilities in product design, and gained experience in independent design work, for example. through participation in national / international design competition.

General qualifications: The candidate has been trained in project establishment, planning and execution, and has chosen appropriate methodology to realize a design project.

Learning methods and activities

This project-based course is based upon individual project work, where students work on a specific topic and discuss their progression regularly with their respective supervisor. It is the student´s responsibility to manage the project, decide on the topic and engage with a supervisor.

There are no extensive requirements attached to this course, however some overarching milestones need to be considered. These are:

Within the first two week, the student needs to submit a 2 -3 page project description comprising of the following: (1) Project Brief / Introduction, (2) Aims and Objectives, (3) Detailed Project plan, explicitly showing activities and sub-ordinate milestones, (4) Expected deliverables. The project description should be signed by the student´s supervisor and a copy submitted to the course leader.

Halfway, the student should engage in an interim project evaluation with his or her supervisor. After this interim review, the supervisor should recommend whether (1) the student should continue with this "Design Study" project, (2) the student should terminate it, or (3) the student should be given the benefit to convert and upgrade it to "TPD4190 Design Project". These decision s are to be made based upon the substance and comprehesiveness of the work done as well as ambitions of the student.

Submission of final project deliverables at the end of the course. Specific time and date to be agreed upon between supervisor and student.

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

Bachelor level in Industrial Design. Access is limited to Industrial Design Engineering students and exchange students connected to the department.

Course materials

Defined by tutor.

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of specialization hours: 12

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of specialization hours: 12

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Subjects
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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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