Design Practice 3 - Iteration and Elaboration

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course aims to further specialisation in own master project, with particular emphasis on the students further developing their inquiries, communicative skills, primarily within visualisation and presentation.


The course addresses the following topics:

  • Contextualisation of own master project and its wider social implication, and relevant professional subject areas.
  • Elaboration of the core, processes, and contexts of own master project.
  • Master project¿s process with progress plan for further implementation.

The students combine and collate insights and findings from previous courses. They use materials from the research they have carried out, lessons learned from the joint project/collaboration and methodological skills in the elaboration and delimitation of own master project.

Feedback from the main supervisor, other supervisors and fellow students is important in a phase where students make decisions that determine the direction for the realisation of the project and draw up a plan for further work.

Learning Outcomes

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


  • how to summarize practical and theoretical research relevant to your own project


  • document progress and experiments in own development work.
  • conceptualise design issues at a professional level.
  • demonstrate professional rhetorical skills visually, in writing and orally.
  • assess and present own practice in a broader design-theoretical, cultural and social context.
  • reflect and contextualize their research findings.

General competence:

  • take independent decisions and make necessary delimitations in own project.


Full time

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Passed the subjects DES320 and DES321.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Approved subjects from exchange may substitute DES320 and DES321. (Required passed subjects)
Access to the Course
Admission to the master's program in design.
Teaching and learning methods

Students work independently and in a concentrated manner on their own projects, through practical trials, experimentation, and relevant source materials.

Supervision, individually and in small groups, contributes to the necessary dynamic between practical, theoretical, and methodological approaches between specific and conceptual aspects of the work.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
  • Minimum 10 tutoring hours
  • Presentation of own master project¿s process and development
  • (Compulsory assignment and attendance listed above must be approved for the student to enter the exam)

    Forms of Assessment

    In this subject following form of assessment will be used:

    Portfolio assessment, including:

    • Written reflection with visual documentation of own learning and own project¿s process. Max. 5000 words.
    • A thesis draft with a revised project description.
    • Exhibited project (desk) presentation with emphasis on idea development.
    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.