International Design Business Management

Director of the Master's Programme

IDBM ARTS programme director Peter McGrory

Learning Outcomes

The International Design Business Management (IDBM) is a joint master’s programme of all the schools of Aalto University: School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business, School of Chemical Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering and School of Science. IDBM educates students with arts, business and engineering backgrounds as T-shaped professionals providing them with a strategic view into management of international design-intensive businesses, operations, and product and service development. The objective is to gain knowledge in multiple disciplines and to learn to connect one’s own disciplinary expertise to a wider multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary design business framework. The global approach of IDBM programme prepares students to work in multi-cultural settings and collaborate across national and cultural boundaries.


Learning Outcomes of the Master’s Programme in International Design Business Management:

Graduates of the IDBM programme will be able to drive design-oriented innovation and lead development initiatives within global environments.

This includes the ability to:

  • use a design approach in product, service and business development
  • lead and collaborate in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams, deepening and connecting one’s own disciplinary expertise to a wider business context
  • drive change and development activities in organisations
  • communicate ideas and concepts both verbally and visually at operative and strategic levels
  • understand and utilise academic research in defining and approaching problems in systematic and systemic manner

Education Content

Studying consists of the IDBM core studies, the ARTS identity studies and the BIZ/Tech skills studies.  The main part of the IDBM core studies is the industry project. Academically rigorous and practice-oriented, the IDBM programme prepares students to lead and collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams. The aim is to create enhanced abilities to recognize and acknowledge value in the tools, practices and mental models of other disciplines. During a six-month long real-life industry project students explore and develop innovative products, services and business concepts. Projects are coached by multi-disciplinary faculty and expert industry tutors. The ARTS identity studies give the student the chance to deepen the student’s knowledge in design discipline. In order to gain knowledge in multiple disciplines and in order to connect student’s own disciplinary expertise to a wider framework, the BIZ/Tech skills studies are offered.


IDBM ARTS Major Studies 82 ECTS

Course code

Name

ECTS Credits

Compulsory studies in Department of Design

12

MUO-E0000

INTRO

2

MUO-E0010        

Design and Culture

4

MUO-E0002

Design research

4

MUO-E0004

Thesis seminar

2

Compulsory Common IDBM Core studies

40

JOIN-E7006

IDBM Challenge

5

MUO-E9009

Corporate Entrepreneurship and Design

5

ELEC-E9900

Networked Partnering and Product Innovation

5

26E04350

Business Model Design

5

JOIN-E7005 

IDBM Industry Project

15

26E04903

IDBM Capstone: Global Virtual Teamwork

5

Master's Thesis

30

MUO.thes

Master's Thesis

30

 

Alternative and Elective studies 38 ECTS

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. Students are also recommended to take courses from BIZ Skill studies and Tech Skills studies.


The skills courses aim to widen student’s perspective and t-profile by providing basic understanding, knowledge and skills to business and engineering. Please note that for some of the courses, there might be restrictions about how many students are accepted. In addition, students need to make sure that they fulfil all the pre-requirements set for the courses.

Course code

Name

ECTS Credits

Alternative ARTS Identity studies, Choose

8-10

MUO-E1026

Design Driven Foresight 

10

MUO-E3024

User Inspired Design Knowing L

5

MUO-E3025

User Inspired Design Making

5

MUO-E3033Strategic Co-Design L10
MUO-E3008 Designing for Services 5-10 
MUO-E3020 Designing Interactions 10 
DOM-E5089Games Now!3-5

MUO-E9008

Systemic Innovation and Design (course held in Tongji)

5

Elective Studies28-30
MUO-E9007 Project Module 2-10

BIZ Skills studies

Tech Skills studies