Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


'UWAS Project' courses offer students the opportunity to get involved in transdisciplinary art or design based projects. The students learn about the practicalities of transdisciplinary collaboration as well as art and design based methods in project work.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 30.10.2020 - 04.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Alejandro Pedregal Villodres, Juuso Tervo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Andrea Bandoni de Oliveira, Paulo Nicoletti Dziobczenski

Contact information for the course (valid 07.10.2020-21.12.2112):

Via e-mail: ;

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Varies depending on the teacher.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This is an introductory self-paced online course about design
    for non-designers: people who are curious about what design is, how
    designers work, and how to work with designers.

    The course is divided into seven chapters where we explain the basic
    definitions of design, introduce models for understanding the design
    process, and show the value of design in industry and society:

    Chapter 01 - Design Relevance
    1.1  Why does design matter today?

    1.2  What kind of value do designers bring? 

    Chapter 02 - 
    Design basics: Concepts and Definitions
    2.1 How to define design?
    2.2. What are the sub-areas of the design profession?

    Chapter 03 - Pillar Sustainability
    3.1 How do designers tackle sustainability in their work? Part 1: Products
    3.2 How do designers tackle sustainability in their work? Part 2: Product-service systems

    Chapter 04 - Pillar Collaboration
    4.1 – How do designers collaborate with users?
    4.2 – How do designers collaborate with other stakeholders?

    Chapter 05 - Pillar Innovation
    5.1 How does design relates to innovation?
    5.2 What tools do designers use in their work?

    Chapter 06 - Pillar Management
    6.1 What is design management?
    6.2 How to introduce design to an organization?

    Chapter 07 - Wrapping up
    7.1 What is good design?
    7.2 Where should you go next?

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Regular attendance required. Passing the course requires attending 80% of the lessons.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    In the course, there are two types of activities (1) multiple-choice questions, which students get
    the correct answer as soon as they answer and (2) open-ended activities, which
    need to be revised by the teacher in charge of the course.

    In assessing the open-ended activities, we will look at how the students
    reflected in the content of the course and how they were able to utilize these
    learnings while going through the activities.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Varies depending on the teacher.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Readings and online materials 40h

    TOTAL: 54 h (2 ECTS)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Varies depending on the teacher.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    All the lessons of this online course can be found at

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No prerequisites

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course will be available from October 30th at

    The deadline for
    submitting the exercises is on the 4th of December.