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Intro to MA Design Studies

Welcome to MA studies at Aalto University Department of Design! This is the first course during your first year of master’s studies. Together we explore and envision ways in which design can engage with societal challenges and change. This course is taught as an intensive, full-time teaching module (during the course, students should participate in the School of ARTS orientation). Dates: 31 Aug – 4 Sept, 2020. In 2020, the course will be held entirely online.

Design Culture Now
(formerly Design and Culture)

This course provides an overview of the history of design, illuminating relations of design to social, political, economical and technical development and to other fields of cultural life. The course should be taken in the first year of master’s studies, and it is taught as two week intensive and full-time teaching modules. The course starts in the last week of Period I, the course continues and concludes the last week of Period II. In 2020, the course will be held entirely online.

Design Research

Learn about relationships between design and research in this course! Students learn experientially using relevant design research methods in preparation for their thesis project. The course should be taken in the first or second year of master’s studies, and it is taught as two week-long intensive teaching modules. The course starts in the last week of Period III, it continues and concludes the last week of Period V.

Thesis Plan Orientation
(formerly ‘Thesis Seminar’)

The course supports MA thesis work by reminding and orienting students to research methods, information retrieval, academic writing, research ethics, written and oral communication, project management and department thesis completion process.  The course is intended for second year students and is taught as an intensive teaching module. It is offered once a year during Orientation week in autumn (the week prior to Period 1). In 2020, the course will be held entirely online.

Personal Project and Conference

This course is being discontinued – see further within the link above. For students in CoID, PSD and FACT enrolled in autumn 2017 or before, this is a compulsory course to complete masters studies. These students must plan to complete PET as soon as possible!

MA Thesis Presentations

Master’s studies at Aalto conclude with a thesis project, which is presented in a public examination session. The department organises at least 4 public thesis examination sessions per year. Plan your your second-year master’s studies around these dates during the academic year 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 – and come support and be inspired by your peers! In 2020 (spring and autumn), thesis presentation sessions will be held entirely online.