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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.

ioncell material design Anna-Mari Leppisaari photo Eeva Suorlahti

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.

Aalto Flags - Aino Huovinen

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.

Browse the gallery!
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

Espoon uuden piispan virka-asun on suunnitellut muodin maisteriopiskelija Emilia Kuurila. kuva: Markku Pihlaja
Studies Published:

Master's degree student in fashion Emilia Kuurila designed formal wear for Espoo’s female bishop

Kaisamari Hintikka was ordained as a bishop on 10 February at the Espoo Cathedral wearing elegant and modern bishop’s clothing.
Promootio 2013
Research & Art, Studies, University Published:

Ceremonial Conferment of Degrees in Arts, Design and Architecture 2019

The next ceremonial conferment of Doctoral and Master's degrees in Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University
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Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Artists digging up contaminated soil

Artistic research does not provide ready-made answers, but instead raises important questions. Artist researchers are currently interested in global topics such as climate change and migration.
Cilla Lönnqvist, Jenni Haukio ja Matti Alahuhta. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi
Honoured, Press releases, Research & Art Published:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture awarded promoters of creative skills

In the Annual Review of the school altogether eleven prizes were awarded.

Events

Materials Matter exhibition by Materials Platform at Slush 2018_photo Ariane Relander
Exhibitions and fairs

Exhibition: Materials Matter

Materials Matter is the manifest of the Aalto University scientific excellence in materials research at Slush 2018. Now all Aalto University and our dear guests have a chance to see it themselves! We are bringing the exhibited projects to the Dipoli Gallery for all of you to learn more about the exciting world of materials.
The exhibition will be open from 23.01.2019 (18:00) to 03.03.2019 (12:00) for everyone. To plan your visit, please mind the Dipoli opening hours.
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Lectures and seminars

Arts Books Talks

Welcome to Arts Books Talks!
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Conferences and workshops

NORDES 2019

WHO CARES? 8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society (Nordes) conference
of the Nordic Design Research Society

Department management

Sampsa Hyysalo

Sampsa Hyysalo

Department of Design
Professor
Tuuli Mattelmäki

Tuuli Mattelmäki

Department of Design
Head of Department of Design, Associate Professor
Ramia Maze

Ramia Maze

Department of Design
Professor (Design Practices)
Kirsi Niinimäki

Kirsi Niinimäki

Department of Design
Professor (Associate Professor)
Department professors

Where to find us

Väre

Address: Otaniementie 14
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Mon-Thu at 8.00-21.00, Fri at 8.00-20.00, Sat at 9.00-17.00.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima

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