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Admission to Bachelor's Programme in Design, Bachelor and Master of Arts (3 yrs + 2 yrs)

The application period for Bachelor's Programme in Design is organised 7-20 January 2021 for studies starting in autumn 2021. Applicants are selected to complete the degrees Bachelor and Master of Arts.
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Selection schedule

The admissions to Bachelor's Programme in Design are organised once a year.

Selection schedule 2021

17 Dec 2020

Preliminary assignments are published

7 Jan 2021 at 8:00 (8 am GMT +2:00)

Application period starts

20 Jan 2021 at 15:00  (3 pm, GMT +2:00)

Application period ends

27 Jan 2021 at 15.00  (3 pm, GMT +2:00)

Deadline for submitting the preliminary assignments (all applicants)

Deadline for delivering documents proving the applicant’s liability to pay tuition fees (all applicants)

Deadline for delivering documents proving eligibility (applicants who have graduated before spring 2021 and applicants completing a foreign degree granting eligibility to higher education studies in spring 2021)

Deadline for delivering official language test results

18 March 2021

Results of preliminary assignments are sent to applicants

Intake assignments are sent to applicants who passed the preliminary assignments

1 April 2021 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00)

Deadline for submitting the intake assignments

7 Apr 2021 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00)

Deadline for delivering documents proving eligibility (e.g. predicted grades or preliminary grades, applicants completing an IB, EB or DIA/RP degree in spring 2021)

3 May 2021

Invitations to interviews are sent to applicants at the latest

10-14 May 2021

Interviews

4 June 2021

Admission results are published at the latest

18 June 2021

Deadline for completing the degree granting eligibility (Finnish vocational qualifications)

16 July 2021 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00)

Deadline for accepting the offered study place

16 July 2021 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00)

Deadline for delivering the final diploma or certificate of final grades (applicants completing an IB or EB degree or a foreign degree granting eligibility to higher education studies in spring 2021)

2 August 2021 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00)

Acceptance from the reserve list ends

August–September 2021

Studies begin with the orientation week

Who can apply?

All applicants must fulfill the general eligibility requirements for higher education. You are eligible to apply if you have completed or will complete during spring 2021 one of the following degrees:

  • Finnish matriculation examination
  • International Baccalaureate degree (IB)
  • European Baccalaureate degree (EB)
  • Deutsches Internationales Abitur degree (DIA) or Reifeprüfung degree (RP) in Finland
  • A degree or qualification completed outside Finland that in the awarding country gives eligibility for university studies
  • A Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification, further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification as set in the Vocational Education Act (531/2017)
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education degree (AICE)

Additionally 

  • applicants who have been granted the right to study in a university in Finland  

  • applicants who have a higher education degree completed in Finland (or an equivalent, at minimum a bachelor level degree completed abroad) 

are eligible to apply. 

Study options and intake

Currently there is one bachelor's degree programme available in English in the field of art and design at Aalto University. 26 new students will be selected to Bachelor's Programme in Design in spring 2021.

More information on the programme (aalto.fi)

Programme at Studyinfo (studyinfo.fi)

How to apply?

Admissions to Bachelor studies in English are organised through the national Studyinfo service. The application can be submitted only during the application period 7–20 Jan 2021. You can also find all study options available at Aalto University at Studyinfo.fi. 

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Please note! You can only apply to one study option leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree at Aalto University during spring 2021. If you apply to the English-medium study option Design, you will not be able to apply to the study options available in Finnish/Swedish in the field of art and design at Aalto University in the Joint Application to Finnish/Swedish degree programmes. The selection of study options is binding and cannot be changed after the application period has ended.

Please note that you can only accept one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland in education that begins in the same academic term (one study place per term provision). This rule applies to all higher education. 

More information on the one study place per term provision (studyinfo.fi) 

Admission process

Admission to Bachelor's Programme in Design consists of several stages. The admission is based on preliminary assignments, intake assignments and an interview.  

The preliminary assignments are evaluated Pass/Fail. Only applicants who pass the preliminary assignments will be invited to the next stages of the admission process. The preliminary assignments of applicants who are invited to the next stages will be evaluated on a scale of 0-30. The intake assignments are evaluated on a scale of 0-30 and the interview is evaluated on a scale of 0-40. The maximum total score is 100 points. The applicants are ranked based on their total score from the preliminary assignments, intake assignments and the interview. Applicants can be screened out after each stage.

Required application documents

Required application documents must be uploaded to the online application form by the given deadlines. All applicants are required to prove their eligibility by providing the required documents. 

Application documents are uploaded to the online application form in the Studyinfo service, preferably as PDF files. After you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email. You can modify your application and upload documents to your application in the My Studyinfo service. If you cannot log in to the My Studyinfo service, you can modify your application and upload documents to your application via the link included in the confirmation email. You can make changes to the application form only during the application period. After the application period has ended, you can upload and modify your application documents until the document-specific deadlines. You can see the document-specific deadlines on the application form and from the degree-specific instructions below. 

Instructions on how to apply (studyinfo.fi)

Language requirements

The language of instruction in Bachelor's Programme in Design is English, so all applicants are required to prove sufficient language skills to be able to study in English.  Without proving language proficiency, the applicant cannot be accepted to the programme.

Proficiency in English language can be proved with a grade in the Finnish Matriculation examination, IB, EB or DIA/RP degree or with an official language test result.

No language test is necessary for applicants who have completed their basic education (primary and secondary school), high school or a university degree in English in an EU/EEA country, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States. These applicants need to demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting a degree certificate. If the education was completed in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, the language of instruction must be clearly stated in the diploma or other official document issued by the school.

  • If the degree that exempts the applicant from taking an English language test is the same degree that gives the applicant eligibility to apply, and the applicant completes the degree in spring 2021, the deadline for delivering the documents is 27 January 2021.
  • If the degree that exempts the applicant from taking an English language test is some other degree (not granting the applicant eligibility to apply), the degree needs to be completed, and the deadline for delivering the degree certificate is 27 January 2021.

Please note that the deadline for delivering the official language test result to Aalto University is 27 January 2021 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +2:00).

Proving language proficiency in English

No language tests other than those mentioned below are accepted. If an applicant has taken several language tests, the best official score that is still valid and received by Aalto University by the deadline will be considered in the admission. You cannot combine scores from different test dates (e.g. TOEFL MyBest scores is not accepted).

Tuition fees and scholarships

There is a tuition fee for students who are not citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland. Tuition fees are charged in programmes taught in English.

Admission results

The admission results for Bachelor's Programme in Design are published in the Studyinfo service on 4 June 2021 at the latest. You can check the results by logging in to the My Studyinfo service. An electronic results letter is also sent to all applicants by email. If you cannot log in to the My Studyinfo service, please wait for the arrival of the results letter.

Contact information

Contact information and opening hours for Aalto University Admission Services can be found at the Contact information page.

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Bachelor's Programme in Design

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious design schools in the world and the leading design school in Northern Europe. The Bachelor’s Programme in Design prepares students for designing future products, services and systems in a creative and critical manner. Design as a concept is no longer linked to purely physical objects but digital experiences and abstract concepts as well, enhancing its power to shape the world. Thus, students are given the freedom to define themselves as designers, each finding their own ways of working and direction when exploring problems, developing solutions and forming opportunities. After completing their diverse bachelor studies, students are admitted the right to continue their studies in one of the five Master’s Programmes available.

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