Design Futures


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

This module provides an overview of theoretical perspectives, actionable methods, and exemplary cases from the
emerging field of design futures, i.e. a series of practices at the intersection of design and futures studies (also referred to
as foresight and futures thinking). The course will also allow the students to tinker with and apply methods connected to
speculative design, design fiction, and experiential futures.

Learning objectives


Students who complete the course module will obtain:

  • knowledge about different theoretical perspectives within futures studies and design futures

  • knowledge about key frameworks and methods employed in design futures


Students who complete the course module will be able to:

  • apply design futures methodology and techniques to carry out research activities within service design processes

  • produce rich and elaborated representations of services as related to a variety of future states


Students who complete the course module will be able to:

  • identify, select, adapt and use common design futures methods in conjunction with specific contexts of application

  • apply various storytelling techniques to represent future states of services

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in § 17.



Name of examDesign Futures
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
See semester description.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign fremtider
Module codeMSNSSDM2234
Module typeCourse
Duration2 semesters
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Service Systems Design
Study BoardStudy Board of Media Technology
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design