Aalto University Summer School

Radical Creativity

Dive into the ambiguous concept of radical creativity! Explore its many levels to find out what it means to you in the context of your personal identity, in relation to others, and within complex societal challenges.
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Teaching period:


Application period:

10.4.2024 – 16.6.2024

Course format:



2 weeks full-time

Course level:

Graduate Doctoral Professional

Field of study:

Art and design




Aalto University

Tuition fees:

1490€ tuition fee

This course offers students a dynamic platform to explore the evolving concept of Radical Creativity through three interconnected phases. During the two intensive weeks, students explore radical creativity, one of Aalto University' strategic approaches, through a journey of introspection, leadership, societal and global challenges.

The first phase (“Me & Myself”), allows students to explore their sense of identity, and lays a strong foundation for further exploration. In the following phase, emphasis is placed on students' interactions with others, togetherness, and the collaborative creative process (“Me & Others”). This includes topics such as creative leadership to navigate unforeseen challenges, designing with/for fear and trust, and effectively working across diverse cultural contexts.

In the final phase, we delve into the practical application of these insights within a complex global landscape (“Me & the World”). Here, we examine how factors such as climate change, social issues, and other disruptions influence our creative practices and experiences. 

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The course adopts a hands-on approach, equipping students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for prototyping, engaging in studio work, and undertaking personal experimental projects centred around the evolving concept of Radical Creativity.

Information for Summer School Applicants

Natalia Villaman
Natalia Villaman

Teacher Information

Natalia Villaman is a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Social Sciences. At Aalto, she is part of the teaching team for the masters level Design for Government course, she oversees teacher collaboration and pedagogical approaches at the Aalto University Summer School and is a thesis advisor for the MA in Creative Sustainability (ARTS).

Natalia’s research focuses on dissecting the 'Finnish paradox' of democratic participation, emphasizing the pivotal role of facilitation for citizen competence and collaboration in government. Her interest lies in informing policy and strategic decisions, contributing to enhancing democratic participation and addressing imbalances in citizen engagement. Previously, she conducted research at the intersection of design, policy and political sociology. Originally a designer who specialized in graphic design and advertisement, as well as being a trained (inter)cultural mediator of political processes, Natalia has worked as a communicator, public speaker, guest lecturer, designer and researcher for initiatives related mostly to human rights, sustainable development, political lobbying and advocacy, and education and research.

Ricardo Dutra
Ricardo Dutra

Ricardo Dutra's work focuses on social design, social arts, artistic research, transformative learning, co-design and practice-based design research. Ricardo works and collaborates in diverse global contexts including Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, India, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. The outcomes of his work are both tangible and intangible, and often co-created. Project outcomes include learning experiences, tools, and spaces—as well as processes, protocols, routines, shifts and pattern languages for the emerging new. Ricardo’s past works have been featured on Fast Company, the Milan Design Week and the United Nations Summer School.

Ricardo is currently a University Lecturer at Aalto University (Department of Art and Media) and a Guest Researcher at the Interpresence Institute, Umeå University (Sweden). Ricardo holds a MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design, New York, and a PhD in Design for Transformative Education from Monash University (Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Melbourne). 

For more information: http://www.ricardo-dutra.com/ and on Aalto University’s research page: https://www.aalto.fi/en/people/ricardo-dutra-goncalves-0

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