Design Project 1 – Diving into Design

Let’s unpack design. What is design really about? As a designer, what motivates you, what are you curious about, what challenges you, what scares you? Through experiential learning, this course will lay the foundation for the bachelor’s programme, creating an understanding and a context for what is to come.

This is the beginning of a journey. This course helps to build a foundation of understanding of what design is about and what lies ahead.

First, consider the state of being consciously unqualified. Recognising that there is a lot that you don’t know, but you’re willing to start learning. With a focus on experience, learning by doing and thinking, delve into the six main competences of designing – navigating, integrating, framing, concepting, visualising/prototyping and evaluating. Explore how to use these competences through four micro projects, tackling different design challenges. It’s not about the results, it’s about the process, about gaining knowledge, sharing experiences, and reflecting.

Then, start the climb towards becoming more qualified. Experience the realisation of design, when it gets more concrete, more tangible and you deliver a design from the bottom up. Through this experience, gain an understanding of what it feels like to be a designer and develop your own design process, preparing for the journey ahead.

Image by Marinka Roest
Image by Marinka Roest

Course Coordinator's perspective

“I think it’s really exciting to be teaching this course at the beginning of the programme, being the ones setting the scene, giving the students a foundation. We give students the opportunity to experience and play around with design, but then also help them establish an attitude or mindset of wanting to learn.”

Silje Dehli

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