Aalto University Summer School

Nordic Product Design - XAMK

Explore Nordic design in theory and practice on the bachelor-level Xamk summer school course.
A person wearing a leather jacket with their back to the camera in front of an orange background, holding a clutch bag made of biomaterials behind their back.
Design by Nordic Product Design teacher Sushant Passi. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti.

Teaching period:


Application period:

1.3.2021 – 31.3.2021

Course format:



2 weeks part-time



Field of study:

Art and design





Tuition fees:

0€ for Aalto students, 12€/ECTS for others

The Nordic Product Design Summer School is an intensive interdisciplinary course focusing on a specific approach towards the design of products, materials and systems akin to Nordic countries. The course explores themes of design thinking along the current trajectory of Nordic design in the realm of ecological values, sustainable futures, aesthetics, materiality and critical design. The first phase of the course is focused on developing a theoretical understanding of these themes, its practice and history in Nordic Countries, particularly in Finland, through visual material, film, critical/ interactive dialogues and assignments.

The second phase of the course will involve practical explorations, assignments, workshops and experiments, initially in groups and later individually. The ultimate goal of this course is for students to foster a creative process, from ideation to artefact, and to be equipped with an approach towards design thinking and practice in the Nordic context.

What is Xamk?

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk – is an institute of higher education which focuses on wellbeing, technology and creative industries.

Xamk organises their International Summer School between July 5 – August 27, 2021. Xamk's Summer School is arranged in cooperation with Aalto University. The courses are organised on their Mikkeli campus in South-Eastern Finland. 

Course contact person

Ulla Vuorinen

Summer School, XAMK

The application period is open until 31.3.2021 16:00 (UTC+3)

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