Design as Research

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The aim for this subject is to introduce the students to the process of research through design and design through research.
The aim of the module is developing the project work by uncovering, clarifying, expanding, or delimiting key issues in design as research.

The module includes introduction to artistic research, the design field, and variety of contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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


  • Will know about relations between practices, investigation, and exploration within the context of design research.


  • Will be able to identify different approaches within design research.
  • Will be able to develop and express design issues and questions.
  • Will apply relevant strategies and theoretical approaches to design as research.

General competence:

  • Will be able to apply relevant research and approaches to a design project.


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
Lectures, discussions, presentations, workshops, group work and individual assignments.
Forms of Assessment

The following form of assessment are used in this subject:

  • A visual and written report detailing student application of design as research, theory, and practice. 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.