Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Biomimicry an fashion // Learning from nature (Only exchange students) (EN)

Speciality direction: Sustainable Fashion
Danish title
Biomimicry and fashion // Learning from nature (Kun for udvekslingstuderende) (EN)
Study programme
Design & business
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
6. semester
Duration of the subject/module
3 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Tim Meicker
Tina Hjort Jensen
Susanne Guldager Johnsen
Sofie Edvard Nielsen
  • Purpose

    In the first module of the BA in Sustainable Fashion, the student will be introduced to BIOMIMICRY for the purpose of giving the student a basic understanding of nature’s possibilities and boundaries in relation to working with design from a sustainable point of view.

    “Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies,” in the words of Janine Benyus.

    The focus of this project is to kick-start a creative process based on nature as design inspiration for experiments, explorations and material manipulations and at the same time investigate the philosophical principles of Biomimicry: Nature as model, measure and mentor.

    The student will be introduced to relevant methods and theories related to Biomimicry such as sustainable approaches to the design process and project work. A collection of natural elements will be decoded, explored and translated in order to form the basis for three experimental material manipulations in calico. Finally, the three material manipulations will be scaled to a full-size calico of the human body.

    Focus will also be on the student's leaning process and accompanied documentation throughout the module.


    •design processes
    •concept development
    •aesthetics and design theory
    •ethics and sustainability
    •visual communication
    •argumentation strategy


    The graduate can:
    •reflect on and argue in favour of relevant theories and methods
    •use visual communication to support a product/concept


    The graduate can:
    •manage development-oriented assignments in design and innovation
    •take responsibility for and independently carry out a design and product development process
    •on the basis of relevant communication theories, independently and professionally develop communications material

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    Teaching is a mix of presentations, exercises/assignments, hands-on project work in KEA LABS.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation

    Equipment needed to participate
    Will be published on Fronter

  • 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
    Specialisation module 1 includes 2 mandatory activities

    At the end of the module, the student is required to hand in their concept idea and experiments, including the three experimental material manipulation in calico and the scaled full-size calico (1) which will be evaluated together with the teacher in class. Students who do not participate in the final oral presentation must instead hand in a written/visual substitute assignment in order to meet the mandatory requirement.

    In addition, the student must also hand in a process book (2) at the end of the module which will be evaluated in class together with the teacher.
    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested with the following modules
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    Type of assignment
    The assignment takes as its starting point a specialisation-specific keyword, which will be disclosed at the start of the exam period. Based on the key word, the student formulates a problem which they will elaborate on in a free written paper which must include methods, processes and analyses. During the exam period, the student must carry out empirical work, the analysis of which must form part of the written paper and be further elaborated on at the oral exam.

    During the exam period, the student develops a solution and prepares a presentation both of which they will bring along to the oral exam. The solution may be material and/or immaterial. However, it is important that the solution is oriented towards the specialisation and the profession that the student is training for. The quality of the solution should be such as is to be expected of a professional bachelor in Design and Business. There must always be consistency in the corelation between the type of solution, its quality and the professional standard and learning objectives of the line of specialisation.
    Formal requirements
    The scope of the written paper is 5 standard pages +/-10%. The written paper must, as a minimum, include:
    • Table of contents
    • Introduction
    • Problem formulation
    • Method
    • Process
    • Analysis
    • Conclusion
    • Source list
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    The oral exam has a duration of 30 minutes. 10 minutes are set aside for the presentation by the student. Another 10 minutes are set aside for a professional dialogue, and finally, the last 10 minutes are set aside for a discussion of the student’s performance, and marking.
    Permitted exam aids
    The student may bring their own notes provided that a copy is handed to the examiner and the co-examiner at the oral exam.
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    External censure
    Exam criteria
    • trend theory
    • anthropological method
    • cultures and the history of ideas and sciences
    • design theory and semiotics
    • argumentation strategy
    • future analysis
    • innovation processes
    • technology and
    • communication and rhetoric.

    • identify and assess trends and phenomena in relation to trend and social theory and in a historical context
    • apply an anthropological approach to the collection of relevant data
    • draw up design briefs on the basis of research and data processing
    • communicate trends, fashion and lifestyle, in writing and orally
    • handle, transform and communicate knowledge visually
    • apply innovative approaches to problem solving
    • identify the potential for new markets and solutions based on an assessment of the trend and the development of the market
    • communicate complex, well-argued and well-documented professional issues across cultures within the field of design, lifestyle and innovation.

    • work strategically and innovatively - independently and in cooperation with others
    • handle development-oriented assignments in design and idea generation
    • manage the development and optimisation of an organisation's communication strategy
    • communicate in accordance with a given company's identity and brand and
    • prepare written and oral future analytical presentations based on ideological and cultural and theoretical analyses.
  • Preliminary literature list
    This is a preliminary literature list. A final literature list will be provided in connection with study start.
    Will be published on Fronter
This course is reserved for incoming exchange students.
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 Biomimicry an fashion // Learning from nature (Only exchange students) (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: project work, project presentation, exercises.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: preparation for the exam, exam, 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