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Department of Design

Department of Design

The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. In design, we appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression.

We educate front-line design professionals and visionaries for established, changing and emerging fields of design. We renew our expertise through high level research in continuous collaboration with our stakeholders. We strive towards a sustainable and just society and environment.

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Studies at Design Department

Studies at Department of Design

Our students can study design, fashion, co-design, design leadership and sustainable development.

You can choose the Bachelor's degree major between Design, Fashion or Aalto Bachelor Prorgamme in Design. Master's studies can be conducted either in Collaborative and Industrial Design; Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design; or Contemporary Design programme. In addition, the Department provides two Aalto-level Master's programmes: International Design Business Management and Creative Sustainability.

A student focuses either in the Master's degree major or the field of the programme, and may take advantage of Aalto University’s wide range of multidisciplinary courses for the minors and freely selectable studies.

Research

Our research is at the international forefront in sustainable design, practice-based design research, human-centered design and co-design. Our research environment enables and our culture encourages goal-oriented research, imaginative experiments, critical discussion, and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Design research provides reasoned and sustainable information on design, design practices, designers, design achievements and opportunities, the role of design in society and the future of design. Our research focuses on human-centered design and co-design, sustainable design and design-based research. We also study issues of design leadership and of design culture and history. Our research profile covers basic research in design and applied research that serves industry and the public sector.

Fashion/Textile Futures

The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research.

Aalto Flags - Aino Huovinen

Empirica – Research on art, design and culture

Group approaches research with an attitude, where making, acting and engaging play important roles.

Empirica tutkimusryhmän työtä

ENCORE– Engaging co-design Research

ENCORE team’s research combines human-centered design, experience design and empathic service design.

Encore group

Embodied Design Group

Conducts prototyping-driven research to investigate design thinking, design opportunities, and user experience.

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INUSE - The users and innovation research group

Researches the roles users play in design and innovation.

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NODUS – Sustainable design research group

NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group undertakes transdisciplinary design research for sustainable futures.

Nodus tutkimusryhmäläisiä keskustelemassa

SDIM - Strategic Design Integration and Management Group

The Strategic Design Integration and Management (SDIM) research group organises researchers with an interest in design management and the organisational adoption, implementation and leadership of designers and design-based practices at the Department of Design.

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Gallery

The gallery of the Department of Design.

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Series Things I saw, Maria Punkkinen

Collaboration with us

We offer our partners the opportunity to collaborate with international level designers and design researchers.

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Design for Government 2018 photo by Heidi Konttinen

News

Events

Department professors

Where to find us

Väre

Otaniementie 14. Open Mon-Thu 8.00-21.00, Fri 8.00-20.00, Sat 9.00-17.00.

Väre / aula / kuva: Mikko Raskinen

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