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Sound in Industrial Design, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Ljud i industridesign

This syllabus is valid: 2019-12-30 and until further notice

Course code: 5ID208

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, 2019-10-29


The course contains specialised studies within the field of creating and designing sound in combination with form studies and product interaction and consists of the following sections:

1.   Experiment with sound, imagery and interaction (3 credits)
This section contains short creative exercises where students in groups explore in practise the connections between sound, imagery and interaction and the opportunities of combining and utilizing sound together with design. The students are also introduced to work methods for defining a sound design, relevant hardware for recording and software for sound processing.

2.   Project work (4.5 credits)
This section contains a creative project where students in groups analyse the potential of creating a new industrial design solution where sound design, form and interaction are combined. The results are presented with two- and three-dimensional materials with adherent sound demonstrations.

Expected learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate understand of the potential of sound design in combination with a design solution.

Competence and skills

  • Propose and communicate intended initial sound designs verbally and with visual medias and initial audio sketches.
  • Use and critically evaluate sound processing equipment and two- and three-dimensional visualizations to develop and express a creation that combines personal interpretations of sound, form and interaction seen from an industrial design perspective.

Judgement and approach

  • Argue and efficiently communicate how the combination of form and sound can enhance the intended perception of a product or design solution.


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 also have passed all previous courses on the Master's Programme in Advanced Product Design at Umeå Institute of Design or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures, software classes, with tutoring during practical exercises and an individual creative assignment. Most of these activities will be performed as group work. Education is carried out in English.

Examination modes

Examination is carried out in the form of oral and visual presentations at specified debriefings during the two sections of the course. In order to obtain the credits for the course, the student must have completed and presented the specified exercises in section 1 and made a presentation of the result of the creative project work in section 2. The grade Pass (G) or Fail (U) is a summary of the results within the two sections and is only given when the final presentation in section 2 has been 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 (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.



Valid from: 2019 week 44

Reference literature

Reference literature is not mandatory.

Farnell Andy
Designing sound
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press : cop. 2010 : 664 s. :
ISBN: 9780262014410
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Bernsen Jens
Lyd i design = : Sound in design
København : Dansk Design Center : cop. 1999 : 96 s. :
ISBN: 87-87385-70-8
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