Credits: 2

Schedule: 30.08.2017 - 06.09.2017

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

professor Ramia Mazé

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Orientation period, first year, 2018 – 2020.

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

• Demonstrate familiarity with master-level education, including pedagogical approaches and programs at the department of design and resources relevant to their studies.

• Demonstrate ability to engage with the larger societal context of design, including contemporary and emerging issues for the design profession and research

 • Develop communication skills (oral and written) suitable across disciplines, applied in class and within and collaborative work.

• Reflect upon their own design standpoint and future-orientation, positioned in a societal context and in relation to their masters studies.


Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The INTRO course clarifies the offering, pedagogies and mindset of the master programs in design. It provides contact teaching and tasks through which students reflect upon, envision and communicate their learning goals and design orientations.

The course prepares the students for the shift in the study objectives from undergraduate to master studies. This is articulated and demonstrated as a change in emphasis from form to content, from product to process, from a single discipline to multidisciplinary and from knowledge reception and digestion to active competence acquisition and generation.

The course explores contemporary and emerging design practices, guiding a discussion of future design directions, competencies and forms of organization in response to societal change and challenges. Students are asked to formulate a preliminary orientation and response, developed through individual and team tasks, excursions, creative processes, critical reflections and provocative projections.

As a resource for course tasks and students’ ongoing studies, the course has a social agenda to create peer networks across programs in the department.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The assessment is done continuously of:

- participation in contact teaching sessions

- contribution to team tasks

- completion of self-evaluation

Two contact days during the course are mandatory to pass: an introductory day and the final presentations. Passing the course requires attending 75% of contact teaching sessions. Absence during contact teaching may be made up by completing an assignment agreed upon with the teacher. Students unable to meet the required level of attendance (for example due to exceptional circumstances such as health or residence issues), should contact the teacher as far as possible in advance to explain and discuss completion.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

: 2ECTS is equal to a 54-hour workload, including:

- Contact teaching including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, presentations 20h 

- Team and individual work on assigned tasks, including time for own reflection 30h

- Self-evaluation 4h

The course is taught as an intensive teaching module that starts about 1.5 weeks before Period I (exact dates are announced on a yearly basis)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Will be announced before the course begins

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course’s homepage in the MyCourses system

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

pass / fail

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 




Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

INTRO schedule: 29 Aug - 7 Sept 2018