Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Materials and manufacturing processes (EN)

Danish title
Materialer og fremstillingsprocesser (EN)
Study programme
Production Technology
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Academy Profession
1. semester
Duration of the subject/module
2 semestre
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Peter Sommer
  • Purpose

    This programme element is about the prerequisites for qualified selection of materials and manufacturing processes based on professional and interdisciplinary parameters.


    The student must have gained development-based knowledge of the practice of the profession and centrally applied theory and methods, including:
    • Physical properties of and suitable manufacturing processes for:
    o Metals, particularly steel and aluminium
    o Plastic, elastomers and composites
    o Wood
    o Ceramics
    o New materials
    • Surface and heat treatment of various materials
    • Joining technologies
    • Machining processes
    • Choice of materials in a sustainability perspective
    • Materials testing
    The student must be able to understand practice and key theories and methods as well as the profession’s use of theories and methods, including
    • Material properties and their implications in a product development process
    • Manufacturing processes and their implications in terms of quality and price of the final product


    The student must be able to apply the key methods and tools of the subject area as well as the skills related to employment in the industry, including:
    • Use of databases/reference works for the provision of data on materials, including
    o Physical properties
    o Manufacturing processes
    o Environment/sustainability
    The student must be able to assess practice-oriented issues and suggest and select possible solutions, including:
    • Selection of materials based on their properties and design requirements
    • Identification, assessment and recommendation of suitable manufacturing processes
    • Identification of relevant material properties in relation to the function of a product and subsequent assessment and selection of suitable materials.
    • Assessment of the relationship between materials, manufacturing processes and sustainability
    • Assessment of materials and manufacturing process in an environmental perspective
    • Recommendation of manufacturing processes based on realisability

    The student must be able to communicate practice-oriented issues and solutions in relation to materials and manufacturing processes to partners and users.


    The student must be able to manage development-oriented situations, including:
    • Contributing to the choice of materials and manufacturing processes based on a holistic understanding of a realisable development of the product/service

    The student must be able to participate in academic and interdisciplinary cooperation based on a professional approach, including:
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration on the selection of materials and manufacturing processes while taking into account the framework provided by the other core areas

    The student must be able to acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies, in a structured context, in relation to material properties and manufacturing processes

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    The programme uses a broad range of teaching and learning methods, for example:
    • Classroom teaching
    • Group work
    • Case-based exercises
    • Company field trips
    • Interdisciplinary project-oriented teaching
    • Student presentations
    • Cooperative learning
    • Digital learning technologies and learning environments
    • Workshops
    • Independent study activity
  • 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
    The national element is tested in the first-year exam.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    The first-year exam is a screening exam which must be passed by the end of the first year of study to allow the student to continue their studies. The first-year exam takes place at the end of the second semester.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    Individual exam or group exam
    Individual or group, 1-5 max participants
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
    Exam criteria
    The report is based on an approved synopsis.
    The report must consist of min. 35 and max. 50 actual A4 pages including graphics.
    Use font size 12 in an easy-to-read font and 1½ line spacing.
    Cover page, title page, table of contents, abstract, division of work, appendix, references and bibliography are not included in the total number of pages.
    At least half of the report must consist of graphical illustrations, such as tables, diagrams, sketches, drawings, graphs and images.
    The work division must be entered in an Excel sheet available on FRONTER and appended to the report as a PDF file.
    The projects will be scanned for plagiarism, which also involves the reuse of more than one sentence from students’ own previous project unless this has been referenced.
    The first page of the report is a title page which must include the following:
    • The report's title
    • Full names of all group members
    • Photos of all group members
    • KEA name and logo
    • Names of affiliated teachers/supervisors
    • Number of characters in the report including spaces.
    • Assignments given by companies or which have a clear company association require the inclusion of the name of the company, a contact and an e-mail address.
    • Indication of whether the report may be published or not
    The readability of a project report will form part of the basis for the assessment, and any deviation from the above-mentioned formal requirements will have an influence on the overall assessment and grading of the report. In the extreme, the project may be rejected.
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 Materials and manufacturing processes (EN) you will receive 62 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 82 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 25% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: classroom teaching, group work.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading your own notes, reading the curriculum.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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