Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Communication Design for Change (EN)

Speciality direction: Communication Design & Media
Danish title
Communication Design for Change (EN)
Study programme
Design & business
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
5. 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)
Stine Behrendtzen
Rasmus Rahbek Simonsen
Helene Niclasen Jeune
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    This module focuses on communication design as a catalyst for change.

    The students must develop communication solutions that make use of visual, rhetorical, and designerly means to address the specific thematics of one of the development goals, with the overall aim of engaging the stated target group. The module draws on theories, methods, and concepts from various fields such as multimodal storytelling, experience design and exhibition design. In addition, students will curate the communication products that they have created during the module.


    The student will gain knowledge about:

    -theory, methods and practice in communication, strategy and media understanding.

    -different communication strategies to build a bridge between the sender's message and the recipient's needs.

    -theory, methods and practice in design, innovation and media strategy.


    The student will get the skills to:

    -select the right aesthetic tools and techniques for the development of the final product based on the elements of the concept.

    -assess theoretical and practical issues as well as justify and select relevant solutions and technology in design and innovation.

    -apply, test and produce innovative methods for problem solving and dissemination.


    The student will learn to:

    -handle relevant development-orientated issues in design and communication.

    -independently enter into disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration on innovative design processes.

    -prepare written and oral future analytical presentations based on ideological, cultural and theoretical analyses.

  • Type of instruction
    Teaching is a mix of lectures, workshops, and group work.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation

    Equipment needed to participate
    The student is expected to bring a laptop. The student must have the MS Office suite installed. This can be obtained free of charge through KEA. Read more here:åndbog/k-o#office

  • 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
    There is a prerequisite, which is stated when starting the module.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    Type of exam
    Oral examination
    Type of assignment
    The exam is based on a subject or project from specialisation module 1, 2, or 3, which the student independently selects.

    The student must professionally discuss and critically take a stand on the process, method and theory. This forms the basis for the examination, as well as a dialogue about an examination question that is drawn in the examination room, where the student is tested in knowledge, skills and competencies within specialisation module 1, 2, and 3.
    Formal requirements
    The selected project can be both digital and physical.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    The duration of the oral examination is a total of 30 minutes, of which a maximum of 10 minutes is allocated to the examinee's oral presentation, 10 minutes for professional dialogue and 10 minutes for grading.
    Permitted exam aids
    Own notes may be brought if a copy is handed out to the examiner and external examiner at the oral examination.
    Available exam aids
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal and External censure
    Exam criteria
    The test is assessed on the basis of the specific learning objectives that appear in each module.
    Deadline for submission
    At the end of the semester. Date and time are announced on Fronter and in Wiseflow.
    Re-examination and re-examination due to illness
    As an ordinary test and according to current rules, cf. the curriculum.
  • Preliminary literature list
    This is a preliminary literature list. A final literature list will be provided in connection with study start.
    The curriculum is published on Fronter at the start of the module.
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 Communication Design for Change (EN) you will receive 41 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 55 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 30% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: group work, project work, workshops.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: group work, project work, reading the curriculum.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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