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 Department of Design

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.

Prof. Maarit Mäkelä and her work

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.

Go to Aalto Design Research Site

Research Groups

ENCORE - Engaging Co-design Research Group

The ENCORE research group explores constantly application fields for co-design through hands-on exploration and ambitious research. The visionary competence stems mostly from industrial design spiced with engineering, architecture and anthropology.

Encore

Empirica – Research on art, design and culture

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

Empirica tutkimusryhmän työtä

Fashion/Textile Futures

The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research. The group approaches research in the field of fashion, clothing and textiles in multi-faceted ways.

A coat made of Ioncell. Design: Anna-Mari Leppisaari. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

INUSE - The users and innovation research group (external link)

Researches the roles users play in design and innovation.

Aalto Flags - Aino Huovinen

SDIM - Strategic Design Integration and Management Group (external link)

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.

SDIM research group image

NODUS – Sustainable design research group

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

Nodus tutkimusryhmäläisiä keskustelemassa

Embodied Design Group (external link)

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

Aalto University/Flags

Collaborate 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

Gallery

The gallery of the Department of Design.

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Emma Saarnio ja Helmi Liikanen

News

Design Factory coffeecup think
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UPM and Aalto University start co-operation on sustainable design

The main goal of the Design + Sustainability research project is to find new, effective ways to promote sustainable development.
Näytös21-voittaja Jenny Hytösen mallisto yhdistää kristalleilla kirjailtuja, läpinäkyviä verkkokankaita ja vahvasti niititettyä nahkaa.
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Näytös21 fashion show made an impact also online

The main prize winner is Jenny Hytönen, also Sofia Ilmonen and Juha Vehmaanperä were awarded.
WDC_Pavilion_photo_Tuomas Uusheimo
Cooperation, Research & Art, University Published:

Vibrant living environments are created through more inclusive, sustainable and aesthetic design

Aalto University's New European Bauhaus event sought bold perspectives on multidisciplinary and systemic change.
Näytös21 fashion show poster
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Aalto University's Näytös21 online this year

This year, Aalto University's fashion show Näytös21 will be held online. The collections of the young designers will be presented on Friday 28 May at 21:00 (EEST) at aalto.fashion

Events

Dissertations

Defence of doctoral thesis in the field of design, Philip Hector

The title of the thesis is Design as continuous repair: Experimentation, negotiation, and expertise in DIY spaces
Street Project
Exhibitions and fairs

Main Street Project – How to turn a car-dominated road into a user-based and liveable street

The aim of this project is to design services that can serve as platforms for co-creating value with the partners of the university, opening the Aalto campus to the city and turning a road into a lively street and community.
Resource Wisdom Designs for a Cooler_Planet heroimage design Aino Salonen and Oona Raadelma
Exhibitions and fairs

Resource Wisdom - Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021

We design for future generations. Have a look at Aalto's radical ideas and prototypes contributing to a cooler future.
On site venue: Sulvan Kestikievari - Solf Gästgivargård
Conferences and workshops

Aalto Creativity Symposium Vaasa 2021 Registration

The symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting point for scholars and practitioners. 
Department of Design - Personnel

Where to find us

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima

Väre

Otaniementie 14
School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Locations

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