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Preliminary assignments for Bachelor's Programme in Design

The preliminary assignments for Bachelor's Programme in Design for the 2021 admission round will be published here 17 December 2020.


General instructions

As a first step in the application process for Bachelor’s Programme in Design, you are asked to complete the three assignments below.

All material submitted for assignments 1, 2 and 3 should be your own work and delivered digitally in PDF format to the Studyinfo service. You should submit all three assignments as separate PDF files. Assignments submitted in other file formats are not considered in the evaluation. We will evaluate your assignments digitally, so please make your material easy to view on-screen. The maximum size of each file is 1 GB (it is recommended that the file size does not exceed 100 MB). You should name the files according to the format AssignmentX-Lastname-Firstname.pdf. The name of each assignment should be marked clearly on each slide of the PDF file.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all assignments are uploaded to the Studyinfo service by 27 January 2021 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +2:00) at the latest. The upload must be completed, and the application form saved by 14.59.

To return the three assignments, upload all the files to your application form in the Studyinfo service, under the attachment request DESIGN: PRELIMINARY ASSIGNMENTS. Assignments cannot be returned by email or other means. (If you are uploading the assignments after you have already submitted the application for the first time, please note that you need to also submit the changes after uploading the files. Click ‘Save modifications’ button from the top right side of the application form.)

We strongly advise you to not to leave the uploading to the last few hours before the deadline, to avoid sudden technical problems, Internet connection failures or confusion with time zones. With no exceptions, assignments that arrive after the deadline are not considered for evaluation.


Assignment 1: Work application

  • a. Think about your future after one and half years: You have studied design in Design bachelor major for a year and you are applying for a summer internship in the design field. Write a one-page application for a work position that inspires you. Start the application text with a one-sentence description of the position you are applying for.
  • b. Make a one-page artistic self-portrait using one or various media to introduce yourself as a creative person.

Evaluation criteria: Writing skills, motivation, professional views, visual communication skills, expression.


Assignment 2: Smartphone stand for remote studying

The COVID-19 epidemic has forced us to study and work remotely. To make that easier, design and build a stand for a smartphone.
Material: One A4-size sheet of copy-machine paper and glue. You may cut the paper and glue the pieces.
Take a total of six pictures – four of the design and the construction and two of the finished stand. Have a phone in the stand in one of the pictures. Place the pictures onto one page and save the page as a PDF file.

Evaluation criteria: Functionality, 3D thinking, material understanding, craft skills.


Assignment 3: Here and now

Design a campaign concept for public communication to raise awareness about an issue of your choice. Create a title for your campaign and think about the keywords for your concept.
Present your campaign ideas on two A3-size pages, introducing at least four different communication platforms (media) for communication to the public.
On a third page, write a short text describing your campaign. What is the core message of the campaign? What is the problem or challenge that the campaign is a response to? Why should one act now? What is the target group? Where and when will the campaign take place? How would you motivate the target group to act?

Means of execution: free (you can use any tools of your choice). Place your campaign name and the keywords at the top of the first sheet.

The resolution of your pages should be 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Evaluation criteria: ability to contextualise, analyse and critically reflect on current events and developments, ability to communicate ideas creatively, visualisation skills, quality of design proposal.


See previous preliminary and intake assignments for Bachelor's Programme in Design here

Admission to Bachelor's Programme in Design, Bachelor and Master of Arts (3 yrs + 2 yrs)
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