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Graphic design: methods, process and theory 7.5 credits

Grafisk design: metod, process och teori
First cycle, D0034A
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Graphic Design
Subject group (SCB)
Media Production
Main field of study
Graphic Design

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After completing the course, the course participant is expected to show basic:

Knowledge and understanding
1 understanding of theories and methods in graphic design
2 understanding of gender equality, diversity and sustainability and how it relates to visual communication

Skills and Abilities
3 skills in identifying and implementing relevant artistic methods in projects
4 Ability to orally, in writing and visually communicate process, method and results and reflect on own and others' artistic work
5 Ability to plan, execute and present a graphic production within given time frames

6 ability to implement methods for gender equality, diversity, sustainability and human conditions in design projects
7 ability to reflect on the cultural role of graphic design for users, recipients, customers, companies and society 

The course deals with methods, processes and theories in graphic design, creative working methods to challenge habitual thought patterns and think new. Central to the course are user-centered design, norm critique, gender equality and diversity perspectives to achieve inclusive design. The course also deals with the organization and planning of design projects as well as presentation techniques with a focus on visual design.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course integrates theoretical, design and artistic elements. The teaching takes place in the form of short lectures and literature studies interspersed with studio-based learning and independent assignments.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is examined through visual, oral and written exams with grade levels U and G.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETKS educational administration,not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Patrick Sundqvist

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Wikberg Nilsson, Å., Ericson, Å. & Törlind, P. (2016) Design: process och metod. Lund: Studentlitteratur

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0005Oral, written and visual examination - Graphic design theory and methodU G#1.00MandatoryA21
0006Oral and visual examination - Visual designU G#2.00MandatoryA21
0007Oral and visual examination - Design methods and design processU G#2.50MandatoryA21
0008Visual, oral and written examination - WorkbookU G#2.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2016

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 17 Feb 2021