Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Sustainable business case (only exchange students) (EN)

Speciality direction: Sustainable Fashion
Danish title
Sustainable business case (kun 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
Martin Hesseldahl
  • Purpose

    In the final specialisation module, the students are provided with the relevant tools within product solutions, production methods, processes, systems and consumption patterns to be able to come from idea into a final product solutions.

    Based on a business case or their own entrepreneurial project, students must come up with a solution adapted to the company’s DNA and user needs in line with a chosen design strategy.

    The module is concerned with the creation of sustainable design solutions for the business or the entrepreneurial project. Work is being done with a focus on research conducted in previous modules, business DNA and user experience.

    Focus is on design, prototyping and staging. The module concludes with a collection made by the students and the production of a Fashion Film presenting the concept and design solution.

    The specialisation concludes with a project hand-in, an exhibition as well as the pitch of the project.


    •design processes
    •aesthetics and design theory
    •visual communication
    •argumentation strategy


    The graduate can:
    •reflect on and argue in favour of relevant theories and methods
    •implement a design process and base work on experiments and approach it from a business perspective
    •assess, select and argue in favour of material selection in relation to design - develop innovative, competitive design concepts
    •communicate product and concept-related topics on a global scale
    •use visual communication to support a product/concept
    •analyse sender and receiver identity
    •target promotional material to the recipient


    The graduate can:
    •manage development-oriented assignments in design and innovation
    •take responsibility for and independently carry out a design and product development process
    •analyse and reflect on design and target a concept, company or organisation
    •handle trend and culture analyses when arguing for opt-ins and opt-outs during the design process
    •pick up on the spirit of the times and adapt this to users’ present and future needs
    •develop communications material, independently and professionally, based on relevant communication theories,
    •present a design/concept and argue in favour of opt-ins and opt-outs based on a strategic approach
    •transform and use trend and market analyses for design and product development
    •identify user needs and translate these into innovative solutions

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    Teaching is a combination of presentations, exercises/assignments and project work based on a hands-on approach.
    Students are given oral feedback during the module and when they hand in and give their presentation at the end of the module.
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation

    Equipment needed to participate
    The student is expected to bring a laptop with the Adobe Illustrator program installed, appropriate design material, a sewing book, design tools, drawing tools. See FRONTER for a more detailed list. Any costs of acquiring the necessary materials for the sewing-up and the final prototypes are borne by the students.

  • 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 5 includes 3 mandatory activities.

    It is a prerequisite that the student hands in a project hand-in (1) which will be evaluated by their lectures and peers. The student must also take part in the final oral and visual presentation of the process and the product (2) which will be evaluated orally in class. Finally, the students must hand in or present their process book (3) will be evaluated by their lectures and peers.

    Students who do not participate in the final oral presentation must instead hand in a written substitute assignment in order to meet the mandatory requirement.
    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 Sustainable business case (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