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

Kuvassa taideinstallaatio SOONI vaaleassa aulatilassa. Teoksen värikkäät tekstiilit liikkuvat teoksesta kantautuvan äänivirran mukana.
Cooperation Published:

Collaboration with Club For Five gave birth to a sonic installation

What does sound look like? How does art sound like? The art installation SOONI examines connections between sound and matter and their impact on well-being.
Aalto ENG solar panels student Image: Unto Rautio
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

Finland will benefit from energy transition by participating actively in technology and market development

In the Smart Energy Transition project, energy transition gradually changed from being a gradually increasing signal of change into a part of everyday public debate. A discussion on the results of the project, which is open to the public, will be held on 1 December.
Julia Lohmann's Hidaka Ohmu seaweed pavilion at the A Bloc shopping centre. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
Campus, Research & Art Published:

A six-meter wide seaweed installation takes over Finnish shopping centre

Julia Lohmann's globally acknowledged seaweed pavilion is on display around the clock at A Bloc in Otaniemi, Finland.
taidemaalauksesta poimittu yksityiskohta ihmisen silmästä on rajattu ympyräksi oranssilla pohjalla
Research & Art Published:

Towards interfaces that distinguish user’s visual attention

Dissertation of the Month: What if interfaces we use are able to distinguish whether we are looking at them or not, and change their behavior accordingly?

Events

7th Art of Research Conference
Conferences and workshops

Art of Research Conference VII: Authorship and Responsibility

Art of Research Conference: Authorship and Responsibility, Aalto University, Dec. 3-4 2020
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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