Design Practice 1 - Unfolding

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to prepare students for work on their own master's project.
The subject must convey an understanding of specific investigations and precision of the further project work, in order to uncover, clarify, expand or refine key questions.

The study covers the topics

  1. Background and motivation, including the project's social relevance
  2. Main questions and objectives
  3. Project process with progress plan for implementation
  4. Assessments related to resource use and form of presentation

The students carry out a preliminary project with investigations through design. Depending on the individual master's project, the investigations and experimentation may be related to materials, processes, scaling or other conditions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the subject the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


  • The student must be able to plan the research in their own design project


  • The student must be able to communicate and document design work at a high level

General competence:

  • The student must be able to take initiative and individual responsibility for independent work and progress


Full time

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Admission to the master's program in design.
Teaching and learning methods

The students carry out a preliminary project with practical and methodical testing over several weeks. The preliminary project is individually based, but with a meeting point and group discussion.

Tutoring takes place individually and in groups.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Minimum 10 tutoring hours.
  • Participate Master Project presentations
  • (Compulsory assignment and attendance listed above must be approved for the student to enter the exam)

    Forms of Assessment

    The following form of assessment are used in this course:

    • A written reflection note with visual documentation of process including project description. Max. 5000 words
    Grading Scale
    Pass / Fail
    Assessment Semester
    Reading List
    The syllabus will be ready by 01.07. for the autumn semester and 01.12. for the spring semester.
    Course Evaluation
    The subject will be evaluated every third year, according to UiB¿s quality system
    Programme Committee
    The program board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study and for the quality of the study program and all subjects in the program.
    Course Administrator
    The Faculty of Art, Music and Design, Department of Design has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.