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CAID - Advanced level, step 1, 3 Credits

Swedish name: CAID - Avancerad nivå, steg 1

This syllabus is valid: 2011-06-20 valid to 2014-01-19 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

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)


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 sketching and visualising various objects. - manage and utilize some of the frequently occurring common file formats, such as IGES and STEP. - create various effects in material, texture and light to bring out the form of the three-dimensional model. - create simple geometric 3D models, such as bottles, cheese slicers or similar, from own designs.

Required Knowledge

Univ: In order to be admitted to the course, students must have completed a BA in Industrial Design or the equivalent as well as beíng admitted to the master program in Advanced Product design (DAAPM) or master program in Transportation design (DAITM). Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and no individual score below 5.5. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum score of 575 and a minimum TWE score of 4.5). TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum score of 90 and a minimum score of 20 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

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 Department board of the Umeå Institute of Design. ACADEMIC CREDIT TRANSFER Equivalency credits for a course can only be given if the student can verify that a similar course has been passed. Furthermore, the programme leader/course responsible must approve the student's individual skills and knowledge.


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