Programme-specific Admission Procedure and Evaluation Criteria
What we look for in an applicant
Suitable applicants are dedicated to study sustainability in an interdisciplinary way and to work in related positions. We also value insights into design and the way design can be used a transformative process.
The criteria we use to evaluate the applications in the first stage are
- CV (0-2 points)
- motivation letter (0-2 points)
- previous studies (0-2 points)
- portfolio (0-5 points)
In addition to these, in the second stage the evaluation criteria also includes
- Personal interview (0-5) points
First stage and required application documents
In the first stage of the admission the selection committee evaluates the applications based on the application documents. Study Option’s specific requirements for the application documents are listed below. Please also note requirements for the application documents presented in the general application instructions. Attach each application document to the electronic application form in PDF form.
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.
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.
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.
Part of the applicants are invited to the second stage. The invitation to the second stage is sent to the applicants at latest 7 days in advance.
Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. The interviews can be conducted over Skype if necessary. The interview is intended to evaluate the applicant’s potential to complete the studies successfully.
Other programme-specific application instructions
The Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability is a multidisciplinary programme, and courses are offered by the following departments and schools of Aalto University:
- Department of Design; School of Arts, Design and Architecture
- Department of Management Studies; School of Business
- Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems; School of Chemical Engineering
- Department of Architecture; School of Arts, Design and Architecture
- Department of Built Environment; School of Engineering
It is possible to apply to Creative Sustainability programme through School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Department of Design), School of Business and School of Chemical Engineering. The applicant can apply to the Creative Sustainaibility programme through more than one school. In this case, the applicant should deliver the appropriate application package to each school. An applicant’s eligibility will be always checked according to the criteria of the school through which the applicant is applying to the programme (criteria on e.g. the score of language test, educational background and submission of the required attachments). The administrative eligibility of the applicant is checked by Aalto University Admission Services.
An applicant, however, can be selected only through one of the departments. Accepted students will complete the master’s degree of the department to which they are accepted.
If an architect applies through the Department of Design and is accepted, the degree completed will be a Master of Arts in Creative Sustainability. In order for an architect-applicant to be accepted, the applicant should show a strong motivation why he/she wants to apply through the Department of Design in particular.