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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Aalto University student putting post-it notes on a glass wall.

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.

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.

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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

Gallery

The gallery of the Department of Design.

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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

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Research project CreaTures seeks to further the sustainability agenda with creativity

The transdisciplinary project highlights how the arts can contribute to addressing climate change and associated effects. The project aims at demonstrating effective paths to achieving sustainability, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence at a time of rapid change.
U-Create teaching symposium's live illustration about producing collective knowledge by Apila Pepita Miettinen
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Courage and creativity in higher education—how could we teach that?

Answering the complex, dynamic and networked problems we face today means rethinking our traditional ways of working and building knowledge, according to a recent symposium on teaching arts and design at Aalto University.
Nainen katsoo tummasävyisessä kuvassa oikeaan alaviistoon käsi pään takana
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‘Textiles are unlimited’

Saving the world starts with textiles, says trend forecaster Li Edelkoort.
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Better design

The new frontier in design is about finding ways to better serve the needs of the people. From building hospitals and libraries, to developing home-care services for the aging, the principles of design can be used to give everyone a voice.

Events

Through the Threaded Needle cover image
Dissertations

Defence in the Field of Design: MPhil Marium Durrani

This study primarily intends to understand, observe and illustrate an alternative conceptualization, by proposing to examine mending as a sociomaterial practice
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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