Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Tools & Skills (EN)

Danish title
Tools & Skills (EN)
Study programme
Design Technologist
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
1. semester
Duration of the subject/module
6 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Charlotte Winther
Morten Normand Pedersen
  • Purpose

    The purpose with the Module TOOLS & SKILLS is to give the student an introduction and create an overview of the lifestyle and fashion industry’s value chain. The focus in the module Tools & Skills will be on the main elements related to the value chain; culture, trend, business within the company, the target group, moodboard and also the main elements within design, business and technology.
    The module also introduces the Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Excel, as tools to solving the assignments introduced to the students in the different Tools & Skills throughout the module.


    •The company’s identity, purchase and economic.
    •Basic and fundamental concepts and models for marketing and communication to selected target groups
    •Trend theory and style history in contemporary and future contexts, as well as to communicate this visually


    •Working with lifestyle and fashion trends
    •Skills and tools for analysing and selecting a target group
    •Working communicatively and argumentatively with visual material
    •Fundamental basic use in Excel


    •Analyze and how to make argumentation for internal relations in the value chain

  • Type of instruction
    The education runs in alternations between lectures, group work, exercising practice, tasks, and reflection.
    The learning activities planned are predominantly with emphasis on teaching and academic input in the first part of the day, and with emphasis on project work and tasks in the second part of the day.
    Furthermore, there will be some days with guidance in the assignments.
    The students work team based through the course.

    Hand-ins and feedback
    At the end of each Tools & Skills the student hand in and present together with the rest of the value-chain-team a solution to the given assignment. The student will be given feedback in an oral ore a written form from the lectures. The student will have to make a portfolio personation of all the given assignments from Tools & Skills at the end of the first semester.
  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    The purpose of the first-semester portfolio exam is to evaluate and assess the extent to which students have achieved the learning objectives of the compulsory joint courses in the areas of design, business and technology

    The student’s capacity
    •to document the work using all module assignments from the first semester
    •to present these through individual processing in the portfolio
    •to select three of the module assignments which are then expounded upon and put into perspective in relation to what has been learned, and/or describe the learning process
    •to answer questions and demonstrate broadly based knowledge from the entire first-semester syllabus.
    •to answer the question on the syllabus he/she drew.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    The exam entails uploading an individual portfolio in WISEflow, as well as taking an oral exam designed to allow the student to explain the portfolio in more depth and answer a question based on the syllabus.
    •The digital portfolio must contain a presentation of all the module assignments in the first semester. Students then select three module assignments to describe in detail*).
    •For the oral exam, students select three of the module assignments to present and explain in more detail in relation to the assignment description.
    •At the exam, students draw a question based on the syllabus for the first semester.

    For the oral exam, each student is allocated a total time of 30 minutes, including grading.
    Distribution of time at the oral exam:
    •Presentation of the portfolio with the emphasis on three selected module assignments: 10 minutes
    •Questions: 5 minutes
    •Question on the syllabus: 5 minutes
    •Assessment and award of grade: 10 minutes
    Type of assignment
    At the portfolio exam the student must reflect on the knowledge, skills and competences acquired during the first semester. The student must produce a portfolio using InDesign, presenting all the exercises, assignments and projects they have worked on during the semester, after having reviewed them individually. This means that it is important to remember to save all the things the value chain team have worked on during the semester. The portfolio must be uploaded to WISEflow. At the oral exam, the students must present the portfolio and randomly pick and answer a question based on the curriculum from the first semester.
    Formal requirements
    The portfolio is to be uploaded onto WISEflow as a consolidated PDF. See guidelines and information about uploading and content of the portfolio on FRONTER at the end of the semester.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
    Re-examination and re-examination due to illness
    The exam is identical with the 1. Semester portfolio exam.
    New date will be emailed to the studenst’s KEA-mail
  • Additional information
    Evaluation of the module
    The module is evaluated throughout the semester at the end of each Tools & Skills.
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject Tools & Skills (EN) you will receive 149 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 198 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 36% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, exercises.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading the curriculum, exercises.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances