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Communication Design for co-creation, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Kommunikativ design för samskapande

This syllabus is valid: 2020-05-11 and until further notice

Course code: 5ID193

Credit points: 7.5

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: Two-grade scale

Responsible department: Umeå Institute of Design (UID)

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2020-05-04


The purpose with this course is to explore alternative ways, through traditional and new media, to visualize and communicate information with focus on Service Design and to provide training in running co-creative design processes together with users and stakeholders.

Expected learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student should be able to: 

Knowledge and understanding 

  • Account for various graphic design traditions such as poster design, every day graphics, information design, television graphics and new media. 

Competence and Skills 

  • Visually explore communication design. 
  • Use relevant software for processing images, graphic design and illustrations. 
  • Communicate design processes via traditional and new media. 

Judgement and Approach 

  • Manage co-creative activities with users and other stakeholders. 
  • Account for possibilities and challenges that can emerge during co-creative process. 

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 passed all previous master courses in the Interaction Design (IxD) program at Umeå Institute of Design or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

Teaching methods include lectures, tutoring, seminars, practical assignments and sometimes in the form of project work.

Examination modes

Examination is carried out orally, visually and in writing, individually and in groups. Examination is carried out throughout the course, through exercises and mandatory deliverables and assignments. 
After completing the course, one of the grades Fail (U) or Pass (G) is awarded the student. In order to pass the entire course, the student must complete all mandatory assignments, and these must be approved. The final grade is based on a collected assessment of the results during the course as a whole, and is given only when all mandatory assignments and deliverables have been approved. For the grade Pass, the student must participate in all mandatory teacher and tutor led education and deliver the required mandatory presentations.

For students in need of special pedagogical support due to disabilities, individual adaptation of examination forms should always be considered based on the students needs. The examination form is adjusted within the framework of the course syllabus intended learning outcomes. The course coordinating teacher shall, upon request from the student, consult with the examiner to quickly decide on an adjusted form of examination. The decision shall then be conveyed to the student.

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 (www.student.umu.se/english)  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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