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Director of the Master's Programme: Professor Andres Lucero

Aims of the Master of Arts (Art and Design) degree

The aim of the degree is to provide students with:

  1. good theoretical and general knowledge of as well as artistic and practical expertise in their field of study as well as a general knowledge of the field of arts;
  2. knowledge and skills needed for independent and demanding artistic work and for multidisciplinary collaboration as well as knowledge and skills needed to apply scientific knowledge and scientific methods;
  3. knowledge and skills to perform, both independently and collaboratively, demanding expert, development and management duties of the field, and to cooperate internationally;
  4. knowledge and skills needed for education leading to a Doctor of Arts (Art and Design) degree and for lifelong learning;
  5. good language and communication skills for work in the field of arts and for international operations and cooperation.

The education shall be based on scientific research and artistic activity and professional practices in the field.

Learning Outcomes of the Master's Programme in Collaborative and Industrial Design

The Collaborative and Industrial Design programme (CoID) focuses on design innovation. It enables in-depth understanding of design’s role in society, and provides its participants with advanced skills to work as designers in both corporative and entrepreneurial roles. It extends industrial design into interaction design, service design, co-design and other emerging fields  where design activities can enhance the quality of the environment and people’s life. Students learn empathic, critical, strategic and  technical skills needed in design innovation processes and practices. They are also encouraged to explore roles unforeseen in design and design industry.

Over the duration of the programme the students will develop understanding of design in relation to innovation and contemporary culture, be it local or global, private or public. The students will also develop an extensive ability to design, lead design  projects, and collaborate with non-designers, and thus become able to shape change in communities and companies.

Education Content

Students are trained in concept design, co-design, strategic design and design research. They learn skills needed to capture and reframe design briefs and problems to justify their insights and make well-grounded design concepts. They learn to construct these concepts with models and prototypes of different kinds and to test their design ideas through research. They also learn strategic skills needed to manage innovation and entrepreneurial practices in business settings, as well as co-design skills to manage social innovation in organizations and the public sector.

Studies are organized in three different competence areas that all include several modules ranging in topics and mode of working. Work-life connections and project-based learning is emphasized and the courses often include a project to take the design inquiry into real world contexts.

Studies in three different competence areas:

Advanced Industrial Design focuses on contemporary product development and manufacturing processes, high-quality form giving, prototyping and concrete industrial collaboration through projects.

Collaborative Design focuses on people as the starting point for design action, and expands the scope towards collaborative design processes, the use of interactive technologies, and the design of services, in societal context and in business.

Design Strategy and Leadership focuses on the attitude  and capability to successfully utilize design in the creation, development and management of contemporary business practice.

Besides the main study contents described above, students can select optional content studies either from the competence areas above, from other degree programmes, or from available minor programmes. Specific study contents are to be agreed upon in the making of a Personal Study Plan.

Further information about the programme: coid.aalto.fi