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CAID - Advanced level, step 1, 3 Credits

The course is discontinued from 2022-02-08

Swedish name: CAID - Avancerad nivå, steg 1

This syllabus is valid: 2020-01-06 and until further notice

Course code: 5ID117

Credit points: 3

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Industrial Design: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: Pass course only, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Umeå Institute of Design (UID)

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2022-02-08


The course includes different methods used to create, use and develop surfaces, forms and details with the aid of computers. Through creating virtual 3D-models, presentation material in the form of screen images, printouts or animations can be generated. Computer aided design techniques are used within industrial companies to reduce the development time and to facilitate the communication between engineers, designers and other participants in the process of product development. Computer aided methods are used as default tools in all steps of the design process to clearly visualise and communicate your design to colleagues or collaborators. The aim of the course is to introduce CAID (Computer Aided Industrial Design) as a tool to communicate your design ideas and proposals.

Expected learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student will be able to:
  • demonstrate the ability to use and apply CAID software through modeling and visualising various objects.
  • manage and utilize some of the frequently occurring tools for NURBS-modeling
  • create various effects in material, texture and light to be able to evaluate the form of three-dimensional model.
  • create simple geometric 3D models from own designs.

Required Knowledge

A Bachelor's degree or equivalent first-cycle qualification comprising of at least 180 ECTS or a corresponding qualification from an internationally recognized university. Specific entry requirements are: 60 ECTS credits in the field of Design. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures and exercises under the supervision of tutors. Since the tutoring is of an examining nature, all sections of the course are obligatory.

Examination modes

Examination is carried out as individual practical tests in the presence of an examiner, and also as presentations of the results of the assigned tasks. In order to pass the entire course, the student must complete all of the various exercises and obligatory assignments and these must be approved.

For students who have not obtained the grade Pass, other examination sessions will be arranged. A student who for two consecutive examinations for the same course or sub-course has not been passed, has the right to have another examiner appointed, if there are no special reasons against this (Higher Education Ordinance chapter 6, 22 §). The request for a new examiner shall be made in writing to the Head of Department at Umeå Institute of Design.

Students have the right to request that previous studies, or equivalent knowledge and skills acquired in a professional, work-related capacity, be validated and transferred into credits on an equivalent course or programme at Umeå University. Applications for credit transfer should be addressed to Student Services/Degree Evaluation Office. More information can be found at the Umeå University student web site ( and in Chapter 6 of the Higher Education Ordinance.  Appeals may be made to the Higher Education Appeals Board (ÖNH) against a decision by the university not to approve an application for credit transfer (Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 12), even in cases where only a part of the application has been rejected.


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