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Academic year
MPP111 - Advanced form design
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-24 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0109 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Tekniklektor  Johan Heinerud


MPP110   Form design development


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

MPP067 Computer Aided Modeling/Datorstödd modellering or equivalent



Advanced Form Design MPP111 is intended to work with and further develop formal aesthetic concepts and methods by means of both lectures and individual and seminar exercises. The course shall provide tools and training for advanced design and configuration of forms and formal systems based on theory and methods presented in lectures and course literature. Furthermore the course treats how we perceive the visual product appearance and the experience created by sensory and interpretive processes.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Give examples for an expanded understanding of the form and form elements
  • Explain and discuss form theory: morphology and organization of form, the form¿s structure and content
  • Demonstrate an expanded understanding of the form, it¿s consequences and how it is generated
  • Reflect on different views on form, formal systems and form theory
  • Show an increased knowledge of form generating tools, their possibilities and limitations
  • Demonstrate understanding, analyse, describe and specify the content, structure and functionality of three-dimensional forms
  • Link a content, function and semantic message with skills in designing and be able to implement these in form-oriented design applications
  • Scan and monitor similarities/analogies/citations in existing applied form design
  • Apply the various approaches provided by lectures and course literature and experienced in workshops/seminars and own reflections


The course covers the areas of perception, analysis, experience and creation of form. 
The principal themes of the course include:

  • Perception and experience: configuration theory, configuration rules, compositional rules, visual appreciation
  • Form design method: methods for form analysis and evaluation, form specification and form synthesis

Through course exercises and theoretical content the student will be trained in terms of smaller assignments/formal design tasks. These will be conducted with the help of concepts, methods and tools learnt. A reflective diary provides the student with the opportunity to collect, structure, evaluate and document the gained knowledge and experience and to bring up individual critical reflections on the own creative performances of form design.


The course includes

  • Theoretical lectures and literature studies for overview input
  • Workshops/seminars/exercises to deepen the understanding of the theoretical input and to train up practical skills
  • An individual reflective diary, parallel on-going throughout the course, consisting of a documentation of the theoretical issues and practical exercises and critical reflections on the own creative performances as well as the gained knowledge and experience


Literature will be announced/provided at the start of the course.



Examination of the course is based on participation in seminars, lectures and the completion of exercises. Participation in seminars will result in a Fail/Pass. Each exercise/assignment will receive a grade Fail, 3, 4, or 5. The final grade Fail, 3, 4 or 5 will be based on an average of the results of the individual exercises.

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