TPD4195 - Design Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

In this course, students are expected to work independently or in groups of two. Students are free to propose their own project. The project should be oriented towards design exploration or research.

Examples of project orientations are: "for a company", "directed towards a design competition", " aimed at a conference of journal", "directed towards crowd-funding", etc.

Learning outcome


The candidate has

  • utilized general knowledge from previous studies, and collected special knowledge to solve a specific design task.


The candidate has

  • developed its own capabilities and gained experience in independent design work with respect to devilling innovative products, services and / or user interfaces.

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 or in-pair 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.

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. Submission of final project deliverables at the end of the course.

Further on evaluation

Criteria for evaluation and assessment will be determined in accordance to the requirements of this course, as well as customised according to the project scope with the supervisor and course leader.

Re-take of an examination can be done in the following semester.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Completed bachelor level education in Industrial Design. Access is limited to Industrial Design students and exchange students connected to the department.

Course materials

Defined by supervisor.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Assignment

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 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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