Design Methodology

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

This subject aims to introduce the students to design methodologies and developing their own design process, practice, and methods.¿
The aim of the subject is for students to develop a plan for their own artistic research process and master project through exploration of methodologies and approaches to design.

The module includes explanations of a variety of design methodologies, ways of seeing and knowing, and how those methodologies are expressed through methods and practices.

Learning Outcomes

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


  • understand the role of methodology in project development and as a driving force behind practice.
  • reflect on their own methods, ethics, processes, and design goals


  • explain their own design positions, process, and methodology based on relevant theory, knowledge, practice, and context
  • reflect on their own design goals and how to attain them through discrete design methods

General competence:

  • methodological analysis, precedent research, impact analysis, presentations on method and process


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
Ex. on 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.