Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Design, Business, and Technology 4: Trend (EN)

Danish title
Design, Business og Teknologi 4: Trend (EN)
Study programme
Design & business
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
6. 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)
Berit Konstante Nissen
Stine Behrendtzen
Martin Hesseldahl
Sofie Edvard Nielsen
Trine Bekkersgaard Stark
  • Purpose and learning objectives

    The purpose of this module is to give the student insight into and understanding of trend research, design history as well as the fashion and lifestyle industry practice.

    The student will be trained in applying research and design theory and methodology in the development of future scenarios aimed at a paradigm shift in the industry and its surroundings, on the basis of mega and gigatrends.

    There will be a focus on new trends and opportunities in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Circular Economy, as a future driver for new technologies, processes, systems, and consumption patterns. The module challenges the student to have a critical view at practical and theoretical challenges emphasizing a sociological perspective and analysis of target group and market, in the process of developing sustainable solutions.


    The student will gain knowledge about:

    - design theory and method and an ability to reflect on the practice of the profession and its application of design theory and method.

    - practice, applied theory and methods in the business area as well as an ability to reflect on the practice of the profession and the industry and the application of theory and methods in business understanding.

    - the practice of the profession and industry as well as their application of technology and materials.


    The student will get the skills to:

    - select and assess practice- orientated and theoretical issues using a sociological focus and analysis of target group and market.


    The student will learn to:

    - enter into professional and interdisciplinary collaboration independently and assume responsibility in the development of sustainable design solutions.

  • Type of instruction
    The teaching is a combination of lectures, video presentations, workshops, exercises, field work and group work. There will be a focus on multidisciplinary group work, with an emphasis on developing students' collaborative skills in a multidisciplinary context. It’s expected that student search knowledge based on theories and methods from this module as well as from DBT1, DBT2 and DBT3.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation
    It is expected that the student has an academic knowledge that corresponds to the content of the modules Design, Business, and Technology 1-3.

    Equipment needed to participate
    The student must have installed the Office package. This is available for free 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)

    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 case, where the student independently selects and processes an academic problem. Here, the student must propose and / or develop a solution to the problem and professionally discuss and critically take a position on the proposed solution in a presentation using method and theory from the semester's Design, Business, and Technology modules.
    This forms the basis for the examination, as well as the academic dialogue. Furthermore, a question is drawn in the examination room, where the student is tested in knowledge, skills and competencies in addition to the presented problem and solution.
    Formal requirements
    Applied theory and / or method from at least one of the three subject areas (design, business and technology) must be included.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    5 study days are given for preparation.

    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 voting and 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 exam is assessed on the basis of the specific learning objectives, which appear from the three Design, business and technology modules in the 6th semester.
    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 Design, Business, and Technology 4: Trend (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: external lectures, group work, interdisciplinary project-based teaching.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: collecting empiricism, searching for information, reading the curriculum, group work.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

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