Troels Degn Johansson

Lektor, ph.d., cand.mag., MA
Bygningskunst og Design
4170 1890

I am currently enjoying the privilege of heading the Department of Product Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schols of Architecture, Design, and Conservation.  I have been involved in the management and development of design programmes for more than a decade, and in interdisciplinary research into design, aestetics, and pictorial representation for almost two. My main fields of research includes the use and meaning of pictures in design processes, the relationship between art and design, design didactics, and digital design and aesthetics.


My work as a teacher, researcher, and manager is driven by curiosity, passion, and a belief in talents--and by the conviction that design education and research can make a difference to society by combining analytical sensibility and knowledge of process, form, function, and tradition with a deep engagement in organisations, markets, and cultures.



Troels Degn Johansson is heading the Department of Product Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schols of Architecture, Design, and Conservation. He served as a Head of Research/Head of Centre for Theory and Method at the Danish Design School before and during the merger with the schools of architecture and conservation (2009-13). During this period he was responsible for implementing the Danish Design School's Research Strategy and Plan 2008-10 and for coordinating the design school's (positive) research evaluation (2004-2009) which lead to the subsequent accreditation of the bachelor's and master's programme in design at the Danish Design School. Troels joined the School of Design/Danish Design School as an Associate Professor in 2005. He chaired the Board of Studies during 2006-09 and was an elected member of the School Council ("skolerådet" during 2009-2010). As a chairman of the Board of Studies he implemented the new national qualification framework (2008), the new grade scale (2008), and designed the instution's quality assessment system as well as the curricular principles of the module based education (2008).

During 2000-04, Troels Degn Johansson was an Assistant Professor and subsequently Associate Professor and Head of the MA programme in Design, Communication, and Media (2001-2004) at the IT University of Copenhagen, Department of Digital Aesthetics and Communication (DiAC). During this period, he co-founded the Centre for Computer Games Research Copenhagen and the Danish Academy for Digital Interactive Entertainment (DADIU); a national joint-degree initiative within computer games design.

Troels served as President of the Nordic Summer University (1999-2000) and formed part of the NSU Board of national representatives during (1995-2000).

Troels gained his PhD degree at the Royal Danish Agricultural and Veterinarian University/Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute (later on a part of University of Copenhagen). He did the cand.mag (equivalent to an MA) in Film and Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen and an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies in the Humanities at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.

He has published extensively on aesthetics, pictorial representation, and design, with reference to the work of e.g. Superflex and Lars von Trier.

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