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Form in Transportation design, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Form i transportdesign

This syllabus is valid: 2022-08-29 and until further notice

Course code: 5ID233

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)

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2021-06-03


The course provides a platform for advanced studies in the field of form theory in connection to transportation design.

Module 1: Experimentations with form (4,5 credits)
This module includes several short practical exercises, where students work to explore form expressions and their semantics. This is done mainly using imagery and physical or digital sculptures. Students are introduced to the relevant working methods and are stimulated to communicate intensively about form.

Module 2: Creative project work (3 credits)
This module includes design and form theory, where students work to analyse and design a product incorporating the form language and references they experimented with during the first part of the course. The results are presented using two and three dimensional visualization material.

Expected learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Account for the importance of effective communication in form development.

Competence and skills

  • Propose sculptures and visualization material that incorporate form theory considerations.
  • Describe form using advanced and engaging language, both orally and in written format.

Judgement and approach

  • Generate personal reflection based on form and its purpose on a product.
  • Explore the relationship between aesthetic expression and sustainability.

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 on the Transportation Design Programme at Umeå Institute of Design. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.

Form of instruction

The course consists of lectures, practical exercises and tutorials. Since the tutoring is of an examining nature, all sections of the course where tutoring is involved are obligatory.

Examination modes

Examination in the first and second modules are based on the submission of results from individual assignments or group assignments. If several students complete assignments together, an individual assessment must be ensured. In order to pass the entire course, all of the various exercises and obligatory assignments must be completed, submitted and approved. On each of the two modules and for the course as a whole, one of the grades Fail (U) or Pass (G) is given.

Deviations from the course syllabus examination form can be made for a student who has a decision on pedagogical support due to disability. Individual adaptation of the examination form should be considered based on the student's needs. The examination form is adapted within the framework of the expected syllabus of the course syllabus. At the request of the student, the course responsible teacher, in consultation with the examiner, must promptly decide on the adapted examination form. The decision must then be communicated 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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