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Director of the Master's Programme: Professor Mikko Jalas

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

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the School of Business and the School of Engineering. The global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios increasingly require a multidisciplinary approach as well as education that can address the linkages between the environmental, the economic and the socio-cultural. The CS programme provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, business, design, built environment and real estate for dealing with the significant challenges of sustainability which background is in climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality, demographic changes and rapid global economic changes. The CS programme offers students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines. The students will graduate with degrees of Master of Arts. The CS Programme is also offered as minor subject studies for students of the Aalto University study programmes.

The Master ‘s Programme in Creative Sustainability brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams, increasing their understanding of different disciplines and enabling holistic approaches. This activates students to create new sustainable solutions for the human, urban, industrial and business environments.

Learning Outcomes of the Master`s Programme in Creative Sustainability:

Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economic and socio-cultural sustainability.

Systems approach: Students learn to use systemic thinking to problem-solve and create new holistic understandings of complex situations and the critical infrastructures of society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and having a combined influence on different aspects of sustainability simultaneously.

Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem-solving tools and methods to facilitate dialogue, define problems, generate ideas and attain solutions.

Sustainability management: Students learn to develop, support and manage sustainability initiatives for society at large, for business purposes and the needs of other organisations. Students also gain an understanding of the way different organisational forms and work practices can support the pursuit of sustainability.

Project management: Students learn to manage multidisciplinary teamwork, and to promote sustainability in culturally diverse organisational environments.

Skills outcomes of the CS in the Department of Design:

  • Students learn to analyse sustainability problems and engage with them in a systemic, holistic and creative way
  • Students are able to use design thinking and participatory approaches as problem solving tools
  • Students are able to implement sustainable design methods and tools in concept, service and product design processes
  • Students understand values and responsibilities of design discipline related to political, societal and business contexts
  • Students learn how to participate in and lead design debate and evaluate and critique design
  • Students understand the role of different disciplines in a multidisciplinary team

Academic skills:

  • Students are able to engage in both theory- and practice-based research processes
  • Students master the basics of academic writing, and are able to effectively utilize existing design research