PD Module 3230

Module code


Module title

Foundations of Design IIB


Product Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

75 hours

Self-directed workload

105 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Matthias Held

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will be familiar with fundamental design criteria and principles in 3-dimensional space and their application in the design process. You will be capable of applying various methods of design, simulation, and visualisation and will appreciate their possibilities and limits. You will also have developed fundamental analytical and discursive skills in the context of your design work.

Module content

Study of design questions and principles using application-oriented but not applied exercises: transition form plane to volume, morphology, geometry in space, relationship of form and function, materials and structures. Design variants of increasing complexity will be systematically developed, presented, analyzed, discussed, and judged. Utilization of different techniques of drawing and model making, including simple computer-aided design and visualisation methods.

Module teaching units

3-dimensional Design 1

Module tutors

Prof. Matthias Held


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, exercises


Documentation journal, models and visualisations, presentation

Teaching language

German and English

Prerequisite for

Recommended literature

Hess, Martin: formvollendet. Sulgen: Niggli 2005
Hoffmann, Donald D.: Visuelle Intelligenz. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta 2000
Knauer, Roland: Transformation. Basel: Birkhäuser 2006
Zwimpfer, Moritz: 2d Visuelle Wahrnehmung. Zürich: Niggli 1994



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