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Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability - Master of Arts

Students learn to combine knowledge and skills from different disciplines to co-create innovative solutions for real-life challenges and to promote transformations towards ecologically, economically and socially sustainable futures.
Creative sustainability students studying

Degree:

Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Application period:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

Language of instruction:

English

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Art and Design

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)

The application period will open 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

Scholarships and Tuition Fees

Study objectives

 

Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to combine knowledge and skills from different disciplines to co-create innovative solutions for real-life challenges and to promote transformations towards ecologically, economically and socially sustainable futures.

 

Systems thinking: Students learn to use systems thinking to create new holistic understandings of complex situations and to problem-solve.

Sustainable use of materials: Students understand basic scientific principles and processes of bioeconomy and circular economy, and are able to use analytical tools and develop solutions for sustainable resource use.

Design thinking: Students learn to use tools and methods to support creativity and imagination and to facilitate dialogue and collaboration in design processes.

Sustainability management: Students learn to develop, support and manage sustainability initiatives in businesses and other organizations and to work proactively to promote sustainable development through business.

After completing the degree in CS in the department of Design students are able to
• practice transparent and responsible design in different political, societal and business contexts
• use design thinking, systems thinking and participatory approaches to analyse sustainability problems and develop creative solutions
• facilitate teamwork across different disciplines and professions
• participate in and lead debates on design and sustainability
• carry out design research to support their practical work

Study language

The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability - Master of Arts is English.

Career opportunities

CS studies prepare the students to work as sustainability experts in organizations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. These include the private and public sectors as well as a wide range of NGO´s. The student can develop expertise in different professional profiles which vary from research skills to the practical skills of management, leadership and design in different environments.

Design confronts new challenges in innovating for sustainable development. The CS programme teaches skills to meet these challenges through specialization and interdisciplinary work, while students simultaneously fulfill criteria for professional design. Graduates from CS programme are attractive targets for progressive local and international employers as well as prepared for independent entrepreneurial activity.

Content of the studies

The Creative Sustainability programme comprises classroom lessons, group assignments workshops, practical projects and a thesis. Courses deepen the basis for professional skills in sustainable product and service design. Contents of the projects vary from material innovation to enhancement of social sustainability. Courses and projects are carried out within topics of interest for partner organizations that can be e.g. private companies, NGOs or other associations or public organizations.

The two-year major consists of 120 ECTS composed of compulsory studies in the Department of Design, compulsory Creative Sustainability design studies and optional studies. The curriculum is based on personal study plans, in which the students can also include studies completed at other universities or other modules from Aalto University. The pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based learning, and strong connection to practical outcomes. You can find more information about course offerings at the programme website.

For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic years 2020-2022.

Programme-specific Admission Procedure and Evaluation Criteria

Will be updated during autumn 2020

Applying to master’s programmes

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The application period will open 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

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