Course syllabus

Industridesign projekt I
Industrial Design Project I

IDEN05, 15 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2014-04-02

General Information

Main field: Industrial Design.
Compulsory for: MID1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The Master Programme is structured in three focus areas; Form & Technology, Living & Behaviour and Man & Nature.

The aim of the course is to execute an industrial design project, if possible in a small team, based on a design brief relevant to the focus area. During the project, the students put into practice past and newly acquired practical and theoretical knowledge. Students will have the possibility to collaborate with other faculties at Lund University and/or external partners.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• Demonstrate understanding of the terminology in the selected focus area - in relation to the industrial design discipline.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

• Demonstrate the ability to write a briefing, set up a project plan and monitor progress; effectively conducting a complete design process from concept generation to final presentation, adjusting the project’s path if necessary.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

develop the analytical, critical and communicative skills as well as aesthetic skills and individual means of expression.

demonstrate the ability to conduct research at a fundamental level within the framework of a chosen subject, effectively summarising and discussing the results.

reflect the cultural mission, the ethical responsibility of the designer and a sustainable development of society.


- Based on the introductory and comparative overview provided in the Introduction and Phasing-in period, students begin to acquaint themselves theoretically and practically with their chosen focus area.

- Students are required to develop a basic design strategy to realise a concept (product) within the framework set by their focus area; delineated with a complementary essay.

- 1. Form & Technology specific

o Overview of design methods and processes in respect to nature, mathematics and the natural sciences.

o Understanding the aesthetic and performative potential of these methods and processes.

- 2. Living & Behaviour specific

o Overview of societal developments and shifts in peoples’ motivations and actions.

o Understanding corporate economic motives and brand related design drivers.

- 3. Man & Nature specific

o Overview of the human impact on the Earth’s systems by the use of natural resources.

o Understanding of the status quo with regards to the interlinked environmental and economic discussion.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: 80% participation, project completion according to the guidelines set by the teacher. The outcome, whether as physical 3D prototype and/or 3D simulation, must be presented orally, visually and in writing – also debating the process employed.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Claus-Christian Eckhardt,
Course coordinator: Andreas Hopf,
Course coordinator: Olof Kolte,
Course homepage:
Further information: Prior to the commencement of the first project, the student has selected the topic, either: 1. Form & Technology, 2. Living & Behaviour or 3. Man & Nature. The course includes discussions and reviews, both in individual and group sessions. Individual work is done under supervision.