Here you can find all current and previous PhD
courses given at UID. We are a member of the national
PhD school Designfakulteten (or D! for short). You can find
more information about D!'s courses here.
The Faculty of Science and Technology courses autumn
Writing Science (Vetenskapligt skrivande), 5
ECTS. The application period will close October 6.
Oral presentation (Muntlig presentation), 1
ECTS. The application period will close August 24.
Introduction to research ethics (Etik och
redlighet), 2 ECTS. The application period will close September
Philosophy of science (Vetenskapsteori), 2
ECTS. The application period will close September 15.
You can find more information about the courses and send
in your application from the following website:
Philosophy of/on/in/through Design
Credits: 7,5 credits
Responsible: Johan Redström
This course aims a deepened understanding of the theory and
philosophy of design, including basic insights into philosophical
methods and ways of working with theory development. Including both
historical works and contemporary examples, the courses gives the
student a more developed ability to understand, articulate and
critique conceptual and philosophical matters in design. In terms
of research abilities, this is also about how to achieve a more
consistent and coherent argument, and how to structure and
articulate the logic of a design inquiry. The purpose of the course
is not to give the students a comprehensive overview of all
philosophy relevant to design, but rather to inquiry into the
relations one might establish between design and philosophy. As
such, the course will focus on philosophical works and positions
that have had a historical impact on design discourse.
Design Fictions and Design Histories
A PhD course at Umeå Institute of Design exploring the past
futures and future pasts of technological gadgets. Read more»
Methodology in Artistic & Practice-Based Design
Responsible: Johan Redström
The course deals with methodological issues in contemporary
artistic and practice-led research with focus on interactions
between theory, practice and knowledge in experimental design
From Lines to Designs, 4,5 credits
Responsible: Gareth Paterson
Dates: 22-23 January 2013
This course focuses on developing a grounded, critical and
intellectual understanding of shape creation, one of the core
competencies of design practice. It responds to a growing interest
in embodiment as a creative process, rather than simply as the
employment of technical ability. It assumes that practical
engagement with shape creation activities will lead to a fuller
intellectual understanding of more general theories of creativity,
as well as an appreciation of the nature of shape creation in
The course will require students to examine
how shape creation can be understood as both an internal process of
reasoning, and one where authorship can be seen as distributed
between the head and the world. It will critically investigate
physical and virtual shape creation practices as a means of
developing a theoretical understanding of the reasoning employed in
them. This will be achieved by reading relevant texts, experiencing
shape creation at first hand and reflecting on the set texts in the
light of that experience.
The overall purpose of the course, therefore,
is to give students a grounded view of shape reasoning by
reflecting on the embodiment of designs as an intelligent (though
a-verbal) activity comprised of interlocking processes of
perception, action and cognition.
The course format consists of two days of
classes and exercises, and tasks to fulfill individually.
Tools and Methods in Early Design Process, 5 credits
Course responsible: Canan Akoglu
Start: October 23, 2012
This course focuses on creating an understanding of
collaboration among design professions such as industrial design,
interaction design and service design in early design processes.
During the course, we will focus on especially the tools and
methods that these three professions use throughout the early
design process. The course will end examining whether a common
approach in terms of tools and methods might enrich the design
process for all.
The overall purpose of the course is to support PhD students to
get an understanding of the nature of industrial design,
interaction design and service design professions; to examine the
tools and methods that the three professions use throughout the
early design process; to establish a critical and reflective view
on how to use and/or develop tools and methods for common use.
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