Learn about the culture, history, research and find your own design identity.
Become a pro in the following areas: Advanced Industrial Design, Collaborative Design or Design Strategy and Leadership.
Main Compulsory Studies
Take courses from other programs or universities, enrol in a minor programme or go abroad.
Show what you can do in a Master of Arts Thesis.
Joint Studies (20 ECTS)
Get the basics
Joint studies are a block of courses that are offered for all MA programmes at the Department of Design.
|INTRO||2 ECTS||Course Page|
|Design and Culture||4 ECTS|
|Design Research||4 ECTS|
|Personal Project||8 ECTS||Course Page|
|Thesis Seminar||2 ECTS|
Main Compulsory Studies (40 ECTS)
Learn your profession
Studies are organised in three competence areas: Advanced Product Design, Collaborative Design and Design Strategy.
Most of the courses in all three areas are project-based and include design inquiry into real world contexts.
The students are encouraged to take courses from at least two different competence areas.
Other courses we recommend
Compulsory for 1st year CoID students
|User Inspired Design||5-10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Product Architecture Design||10 ECTS||Course Page|
Advanced Product Design
|Designing Interactions||10 ECTS||Course Page|
|New Materials and Means of Production||10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Interactive Prototyping||10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Form Exploration||10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Strategic Co-design||5-10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Designing for Services||5-10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Experience Driven Design||5-10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Design Ethnography||10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Design-driven Foresight||10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Integrated Design Management||5 ECTS||Course Page|
|Design & Entrepreneurship||10 ECTS||Course Page|
|Design Strategy & Leadership||10 ECTS|
Elective Studies (30 ECTS)
Expand the scope of your possibilities
A course on product development for students with various backgrounds.
Students from leading global universities tackle design innovation challenges posed by global corporations.
Multidisciplinary nature of usability both in theory and in practice.
Re-think Architecture, Business, Design, Landscape Planning, Real Estate and Urban Planning.
Manage, operate, design, and develop services and service business successfully.
As elective studies, students can complete minor studies and/or take individual courses from other programmes at Aalto University or other Finnish universities, participate in an international student exchange programme, do an internship in Finland or abroad, or take courses offered by Collaborative and Industrial Design competence areas.
Thesis (30 ECTS)
Show what you’re capable of
Master’s theses can be roughly divided into two categories: artistic and scientific. Some degree programmes may also comprehend additional categories, such as production-based or pedagogical theses.