Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


The common compulsory courses (EN)

Danish title
Obligatorisk fællesdel (EN)
Study programme
Design Technologist
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
1. semester
Duration of the subject/module
1 semester
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Annette Havkær
  • Purpose

    The compulsory programme elements are organised under the following core areas:
    • Design, including design process, value philosophy and aesthetics
    • Business, including companies, commerce and communication
    • Technology, including technology, people and environment

    The objective is to ensure that students acquire basic knowledge and a basic understanding of the design process, value philosophy and aesthetics.

    The objective is to ensure that students acquire basic knowledge and a basic understanding of companies, commerce and communication.

    The objective is to ensure that students acquire basic knowledge and a basic understanding of technology, people and the environment.


    The graduate has acquired:
    • knowledge of the design process from idea to finished product
    • knowledge of value philosophy in terms of value preferences, culture, idea and history of the industry
    • knowledge of aesthetics in terms of understanding the interrelatedness of aesthetic, functional and technical product qualities

    The graduate has acquired:
    • knowledge of the company as a value chain
    • knowledge of company organisation and logistics
    • knowledge of the marketing and sales activities of companies
    • knowledge of knowledge dissemination and presentation techniques

    The graduate has acquired:
    • knowledge of processes, materials and production
    • knowledge of people and the environment in relation to ethics, design and production processes
    • knowledge of technical communication
    • knowledge of relevant IT tools


    Having completed the common programme elements, the graduate has acquired the following competencies:
    The graduate has acquired the competencies needed to:
    • take part in disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration efforts within all stages of the value chain in the development of a product or concept
    • receive and process tasks from previous stages in the value chain and pass them on to the subsequent stage from his or her own position in the value chain, with due consideration being given to the company’s overall objective

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    Various teaching and working methods are used, including:
    • Traditional classroom-based teaching
    • Group work
    • Individual work
    • Cases
    • Excursions
    • Interdisciplinary project-based teaching
    • Problem-based learning
    • Knowledge-sharing
  • Exam

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

    Prerequisites for access to the examination
    When starting a semester, students are automatically registered for the exams held in the course of that semester. It is not possible to withdraw registration for exams or exam attempts on the programme.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    The portfolio exam takes place at the end of the first semester. The exam outline is uploaded to Fronter at the beginning of the semester.
    The purpose of the first-semester portfolio exam is to assess the extent to which students have achieved the learning objectives of the compulsory common programme elements within design, business and technology.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    For this exam, students must upload a portfolio to WISEflow and answer a question based on the syllabus.
    • The portfolio must contain a presentation of the first-semester module assignments. All the assignments done for the module must be represented, of which the student must have chosen three assignments which he or she has worked on in more depth based on the assignment description. See the portfolio exam outline.
    • At the exam, the student picks a question based on the syllabus for the first semester.
    At the oral exam, 30 minutes are allocated per student, including grading.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
    Exam criteria
    The grade awarded is based on the following weighting:
    • Portfolio 75%
    • Oral exam question 25%
    Only the combined grade is announced.
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 The common compulsory courses (EN) you will receive 205 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 273 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 25% of your total workload for the subject.

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

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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