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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

Tutkinto:

Taiteen maisteri

Hakuaika:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

Opetuskieli:

englanti

Kesto:

2 vuotta, täysipäiväinen

Hakukelpoisuus:

Soveltuva alempi korkeakoulututkinto

Koulutusala:

Taiteiden ala

Laajuus:

120 opintopistettä

Korkeakoulu:

Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu

Lukuvuosimaksut:

EU/ETA-alueen ulkopuoliset kansalaiset, €15000/v (maisteriopinnot)

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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

Study-option-specific evaluation criteria

Applicants meeting Aalto’s general eligibility criteria for master's studies will be evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria that has been decided in advance for each study option. The applications to Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) Master of Arts will be evaluated based on the following criteria.

Phase I

Academic performance

Assessed area

Grades of the previous degree(s)

Admission requirements

Good academic performance in previous studies

Method of demonstrating competence

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

 

Artistic and/or design practice

Assessed area

Demonstrations of artistic and/or design work or assignments

Admission requirements

 

Relevant design practice relates to promoting sustainability and social change.

Method of demonstrating competence

Portfolio

 

 

Relevance of previous studies

Assessed area

Content and quantity in relation to the applied study-option-specific requirements

Admission requirements

 

Relevant previous studies can relate to a many fields. However, studies in sustainability, environmental studies, as well as studies relating to social change are regarded as an advantage.

 

Method of demonstrating competence

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

 

 

Suitability

Assessed area

Applicant’s further suitability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies and communication skills

Admission requirements

 

Suitable applicants have demonstrated some engagement in sustainability either in their previous study, work or through other commitments. Suitable applicants also have emerging ideas on how they might be professionally engaged in sustainability in the future.

Method of demonstrating competence

Motivation letter

 

 

 

Other areas of competence

Assessed area

Work experience and other acquired knowledge/achievements e.g. publications, non-formal education, competitions

Admission requirements

 

Sustainability requires skills of communication and analytical skills as well as creative problem-solving. Not all these competence areas are captured in design outputs but can also include e.g. publications.

Method of demonstrating competence

Curriculum vitae

 

Phase II

Suitability

Assessed area

Applicant’s further suitability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies and communication skills

Admission requirements

 

Suitable applicants have demonstrated some engagement in sustainability either in their previous study, work or through other commitments. Suitable applicants also have emerging ideas on how they might be professionally engaged in sustainability in the future.

Method of demonstrating competence

Interview

 

 

Evaluation process

The applicants will be first evaluated based on Aalto’s general eligibility requirements. Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies will be evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria that has been decided in advance for each study option.

The selection process for applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria comprises of two phases.

Phase I

In Phase I, the applications are evaluated based on the following criteria

  • Academic performance
  • Artistic and/or design practice
  • Suitability/Motivation letter
  • Other areas of competence

Only the applicants who are ranked highest in the preliminary evaluation will be invited to phase II in the selection process.

Phase II

In Phase II, the evaluation is based on the following criteria

  • Suitability/ Interview

Part of the applicants are invited to Phase II. The invitation to Phase II will be send to the applicants at latest 7 days in advance. Interviews can be conducted face-to-face or online. The interview is used to further assess the merits and suitability of the applicant.

After the evaluation conducted in Phase II, the best applicants will be selected based on the joint evaluation from Phases I and II.

Study-option-specific documents requested

The documents requested from all applicants are listed on the Aalto University website (https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes). In addition, applicants to this study option are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:

Portfolio

A portfolio consisting of the applicant’s own works is mandatory.

In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous scientific, professional and/or artistic activity. Artwork/project work can be provided as technical drawings, slides or photographs. If you present a work that has been undertaken as a team, please clarify your particular role in, and contribution to, the project. The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials used, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or published.

The portfolio should be uploaded as a single PDF-file. Maximum size for the portfolio is 1.0 GB. Name the file as: Portfolio-surname-firstname.pdf. If your portfolio contains password protected video links, include the password(s) in your portfolio. If a portfolio is not uploaded to the online application form by the deadline, the application will be rejected.

The intake committee will only evaluate the material displayed in the PDF-file. Links to external material (e.g. website) or video material will not be considered during the intake process.

CV / Professional experience

The applicant’s professional experience will be looked at broadly, and especially with regard to work experience relevant to the Creative Sustainability programme. Professional experience will be evaluated based on the CV.

Motivation letter

The applicant must convey his/her motivation for studying in the Creative Sustainability programme by writing a letter of motivation. The letter should include responses to the following questions:

  • What is your most significant achievement or success in the area of sustainability and design?
  • Why do you want to become a student in the Creative Sustainability programme at Aalto University?
  • What types of projects would you like to do during your studies and as your masters’ thesis?
  • What do you want to do after the master programme?

(Max. 4000 characters.)

Language of application documents

The application documents must be submitted in English.

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