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CAID - Advanced level, step 2 for APD, 4.5 Credits

The course is discontinued from 2022-02-08

Swedish name: CAID - Avancerad nivå, steg 2 för APD

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

Course code: 5ID120

Credit points: 4.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Industrial Design: Second cycle, has second-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 aim of the course is for the student to be able to work independently with various CAID tools (Computer Aided Industrial Design). During the course the students will carry out various practical exercises and learn how to create advanced surfaces with curvature continuity requirements. Evaluation and assessment of curve continuity is being practised in the software. Furthermore the course includes how to digitally scan a physical object and after that continues to develop the form by means of computer based software. The student is also coached in presentation methods such as virtual reality, animation and real-time visualisation. Finally the basics in creating and exporting CAID files for milling or rapid prototyping, is introduced.

Expected learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student will be able to:
  • work independently with CAID tools when applying computer aided design processes, from concept draft to complete prototype.
  • analyse a model, from the model choose relevant modelling strategy, and carry out surface modelling from the chosen strategy.
  • visually present your virtual model in various ways, such as a rendered and printed out illustration, an animation that is rendered and compiled as a movie, a real-time presentation on screen or via projector.
  • account for how you design CAID-files for milling and for freeform creation.
  • account for how to scan a physical detail for continuous work in the virtual 3D environment.

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. Student must have completed and passed the course CAID-Advanced level, step 1 (5ID117).
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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