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

Researches the roles users play in design and innovation.

Aalto Flags - Aino Huovinen

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.

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

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

Henkilö työskentelee ison työpöydän ääressä työpajaympäristössä.
Cooperation Published:

Kalevala Koru Cultural Foundation grants EUR 164 000 for doctoral thesis work

The grant will promote issues of sustainable development in design.

vaaleahiuksinen nainen mustavalkoisessa asussaan katsoo hymyillen suoraan kameraan
Honoured, Research & Art, Studies, University Published:

Annual Review 2020: Alumna of the Year is film director Zaida Bergroth

In the annual review of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture success enablers were awarded and the 150th anniversary of higher education in art and design in Finland was launched.
Leevi Ikäheimo's anatomical outfit (2020). Photo: Mika Kailes
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

The exhibition Intimacy featured at the Design Museum

The exhibition Intimacy opens this autumn at the Design Musem and will explore the intimate relationship between the body and the clothes we wear.
Muotinäytöksen malleja kävelee kohti kameraa muhkeissa vaaleanharmaan ja sinisen sävyisissä asuissa
Honoured, University Published:

Idaliina Friman is the winner of the Designers’ Nest competition

The visually impressive collection made versatile use of recycled material.

Events

HyMEx 2021 Hybrid Museum Experience Symposium
Conferences and workshops

CALL FOR PAPERS – HyMEx 2021 Hybrid Museum Experience Symposium

Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest) aims to bring together leading researchers, scholars in digital and experimental museology, collection care, curatorial practice, art mediation, as well as researchers from a broad spectrum of discplines to exchange views on challenging situations and latest innovations in the field of hybrid museum experiences, with a focus on contemporary art.
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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