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Cognitive Design

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Bachelor's level
  • Starting Spring Term 2018

About the course

The course gives an overview of interaction design and its role in industrial design and product development. The aim of the course is to give a basic insight into interaction design through the highlighting of the possibilities for cooperation between interaction designers and cognitive scientists. The processes and work methods used in industrial design and interaction design are introduced, and applied in a project that runs throughout the course. The course aim is to give basic skills and knowledge in interface construction from a design perspective. Emphasis is placed on user perspectives, typography, layout and general graphic design and also the visual expression of the interface design. The ability to create, visualise, test and evaluate various types of interfaces is practiced through the whole course. Different methods for visualisation, manual as well as computer aided, are applied in the project and a strong focus is placed on communication of ideas and results orally, visually and in writing.

For admission to the course, students must have 60 ECTS credits in the subject of industrial design, cognitive science or engineering with focus on interaction and design. A written motivation shall be sent by the student directly to Umeå Institute of Design.


Application and eligibility

Cognitive Design, 7.5 hp

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2018 Visa tillfällen för efterkommande termin


Lectures begin on week starting 12 February 2018


Lectures end during the week of 19 March 2018

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 100%

Required Knowledge

Basic requirements for higher education. For admission to the course, students must also have 60 credits in the subject of cognitive science or the equivalent. Of these 60 credits, the first term of the BA programme in Cognitive science at Umeå university shall be included. An applicant who does not fulfil the requirements can, under certain conditions, be granted exemption from these and be admitted to the course anyway: This applies to students in the fields of industrial design, cognitive science, and engineering with focus on interaction and design. A written motivation shall then be sent by the student to the course and programme responsible for assessment.


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 16 October 2017. Please note: This application round is intended only for applicants within the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Online application service is in Swedish. Notification of admission will be sent in mid-November. Contact the department for more information.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Course is given by
Umeå Institute of Design
Contactpersons for the course are:
Exchange studies, International contact person