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 Design Department

Studies at Department of Design

Our students can study design, fashion, co-design, design leadership and sustainable development.

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.

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.

Design research provides reasoned and sustainable information on design, design practices, designers, design achievements and opportunities, the role of design in society and the future of design. Our research focuses on human-centered design and co-design, sustainable design and design-based research. We also study issues of design leadership and of design culture and history. Our research profile covers basic research in design and applied research that serves industry and the public sector.

Fashion/Textile Futures

The Fashion/Textile Futures research group explores new perspectives on human-centered design research.

ioncell material design Anna-Mari Leppisaari photo Eeva Suorlahti

Empirica – Research on art, design and culture

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

Empirica tutkimusryhmän työtä

ENCORE– Engaging co-design Research

ENCORE team’s research combines human-centered design, experience design and empathic service design.

Encore group

Embodied Design Group

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

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INUSE - The users and innovation research group

Researches the roles users play in design and innovation.

Aalto Flags - Aino Huovinen

NODUS – Sustainable design research group

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

Nodus tutkimusryhmäläisiä keskustelemassa

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

Gallery

The gallery of the Department of Design.

Browse the gallery!
Series Things I saw, Maria Punkkinen

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

News

Photo: MRC Photo
Honoured Published:

Aalto University FaCT MA students meet with success in international fashion and textile competitions of summer 2019

Anna Sorri won the Young Talents for Sustainable Thinking by Salvatore Ferragamo contest and Anni Salonen is shortlisted in three different categories at the ITS Talent event.
Mikko Jalas, kuva: Sanna Lehto
Cooperation, Research & Art Published:

'The way we spend our time makes a big difference'

Director of the Creative Sustainability programme Mikko Jalas taks about self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Kuva: Unto Rautio, Aalto-yliopisto
Research & Art, University Published:

Aalto professors amongst the new consortia funded by the Academy of Finland

The consortia were chosen on the basis of research quality, societal significance and impact.
Matti Liimatainen. kuva: Sanna Lehto
Cooperation, Research & Art, Studies Published:

Unraveling fast fashion at the seams

Finnish clothing designer Matti Liimatainen has created a range of garments that wearers themselves assemble by hand. Now he's using automation technology to bring people even closer to the production of their own clothes.

Events

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Dissertations

Defence in the field of Design: MA Bang Jeon Lee

The dissertation aims to enhance the well-being of children through their participation and collaboration in both design and education. The objectives of this study are to understand the value of children’s participation in design, to position the designer’s role in designing for and with children, and to provide practical guidance for adult design practitioners and researchers working with children.

Department management

Tuuli Mattelmäki

Tuuli Mattelmäki

Department of Design
Laitoksen johtaja
Kirsi Niinimäki

Kirsi Niinimäki

Department of Design
Professor (Associate Professor)
Ramia Maze

Ramia Maze

Department of Design
Professor (Design Practices)
Guy Julier

Guy Julier

Department of Design
Professor
Department professors

Where to find us

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima

Väre

Address: Otaniementie 14
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Mon-Thu at 8.00-21.00, Fri at 8.00-20.00, Sat at 9.00-17.00.

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