Here you can find all current and previous PhD
courses given at UID, and the ones previously given within the national
PhD school Designfakulteten (or D! for short).
UID mandatory courses
Third-cycle studies in industrial design that are to be
concluded with a doctoral degree consist of a course component of
70-100 credits which is divided up so that mandatory courses
constitute a minimum of 40 credits, of which UID seminar
participation constitutes 8 credits. Faculty level mandatory
courses comprise a total of 10 credits. The remainder of the
credits are comprised of elective courses.
The subject-specific courses are divided between four thematic
areas (at least 5 credits within each area). The mandatory courses
are given at UID on a regular basis of 1-2 courses per semester, so
that enrolled PhD students can plan their participation in these
over the course of their education:
and users: Deepened insights into user studies, user-centred
design, participatory and user-driven design processes, including
basic insights into methodology from the behavioural and social
history: The history of design and design research, including
basic insights into the relevant research methodologies stemming
from historical studies and the humanities.
Design research methodology: Practice-based design research,
including deepened insights into the research methodologies of
artistic and experimental design research.
theory: Deepened understanding of the theory and philosophy of
design, including basic insights into methods and ways of working
with theory development.
participation: The research seminar provides a forum for
presentation and discussion of ongoing research, as well as and in
relation to other work in design research and other relevant
of Science and technology mandatory courses:
Each term, the Faculty of Science and technology gives several
of the below mandatory courses. These are announced online.
For course dates, information and application, click
- Oral Presentation (Muntlig presentation),
1ECTS. Syllabus can be found here.
- Introduction to research ethics, (Etik och
redlighet) 2ECTS. Course description can be found
- Communicating Scientific Research
(Kommunicera vetenskaplig forskning), 3
ECTS.Syllabus can be found
- Philosophy of Science (Vetenskapsteori),
2ECTS. Course description can be found
- Writing Science (Vetenskapligt skrivande),
5ECTS. Course description
Philosophy of/on/in/through Design
Credits: 7,5 credits
Responsible: Johan Redström
This course aims a deepened understanding of the theory and
philosophy of design, including basic insights into philosophical
methods and ways of working with theory development. Including both
historical works and contemporary examples, the courses gives the
student a more developed ability to understand, articulate and
critique conceptual and philosophical matters in design. In terms
of research abilities, this is also about how to achieve a more
consistent and coherent argument, and how to structure and
articulate the logic of a design inquiry. The purpose of the course
is not to give the students a comprehensive overview of all
philosophy relevant to design, but rather to inquiry into the
relations one might establish between design and philosophy. As
such, the course will focus on philosophical works and positions
that have had a historical impact on design discourse.
Design Fictions and Design Histories
A PhD course at Umeå Institute of Design exploring the past
futures and future pasts of technological gadgets. Read more»
Methodology in Artistic & Practice-Based Design
Responsible: Johan Redström
The course deals with methodological issues in contemporary
artistic and practice-led research with focus on interactions
between theory, practice and knowledge in experimental design
From Lines to Designs, 4,5 credits
Responsible: Gareth Paterson
Dates: 22-23 January 2013
This course focuses on developing a grounded, critical and
intellectual understanding of shape creation, one of the core
competencies of design practice. It responds to a growing interest
in embodiment as a creative process, rather than simply as the
employment of technical ability. It assumes that practical
engagement with shape creation activities will lead to a fuller
intellectual understanding of more general theories of creativity,
as well as an appreciation of the nature of shape creation in
The course will require students to examine
how shape creation can be understood as both an internal process of
reasoning, and one where authorship can be seen as distributed
between the head and the world. It will critically investigate
physical and virtual shape creation practices as a means of
developing a theoretical understanding of the reasoning employed in
them. This will be achieved by reading relevant texts, experiencing
shape creation at first hand and reflecting on the set texts in the
light of that experience.
The overall purpose of the course, therefore,
is to give students a grounded view of shape reasoning by
reflecting on the embodiment of designs as an intelligent (though
a-verbal) activity comprised of interlocking processes of
perception, action and cognition.
The course format consists of two days of
classes and exercises, and tasks to fulfill individually.
Tools and Methods in Early Design Process, 5 credits
Course responsible: Canan Akoglu
Start: October 23, 2012
This course focuses on creating an understanding of
collaboration among design professions such as industrial design,
interaction design and service design in early design processes.
During the course, we will focus on especially the tools and
methods that these three professions use throughout the early
design process. The course will end examining whether a common
approach in terms of tools and methods might enrich the design
process for all.
The overall purpose of the course is to support PhD students to
get an understanding of the nature of industrial design,
interaction design and service design professions; to examine the
tools and methods that the three professions use throughout the
early design process; to establish a critical and reflective view
on how to use and/or develop tools and methods for common use.
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