Master of Arts in Collaborative and Industrial Design

Aalto University

Program Description
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Master of Arts in Collaborative and Industrial Design

Aalto University

Goal of education (Learning outcomes)

Content outcomes

The Master’s programme in Collaborative and Industrial Design (CoID) focuses on design's role in society. It provides skills to work as as design entrepreneurs and in a range of roles within industry, business, communities, education and the government. The programme extends industrial design into interaction design, service design, co-design and other emerging fields in which 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. They are also encouraged to explore novel roles in design industry.

Skill outcomes

The CoID programme perceives design as a human-centred and multidisciplinary collaborative activity. It provides its students creative skills in problem-setting, problem-solving, and teamwork. Over the duration of the programme, students develop an understanding of design in relation to contemporary culture and to the innovation system, be it local or global, private or public. The students achieve an ability to design, lead design work, and collaborate with non-designers, and thus gain the skills to shape change in contemporary communities and companies.

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 and to test their design ideas through research. They learn strategic design skills needed to manage innovation in business settings, as well as co-design skills to manage social innovation in organisations and the public sector.

Academic skills

The CoID programme fosters students’ skills in presentation, writing and visualisation. Students gain an understanding of design research methods and learn to apply them in academic, societal and business contexts. The programme provides the students with skills needed to continue in doctoral studies. These include skills in academic research and analysis of information, in applying these in ill-structured and ambiguous design and research tasks, and in reporting their findings rigorously.

Education content

The CoID programme is based on design-based problem setting, elaboration, problem-solving and communication. An essential part of the education is project-based. The contents of the education cover: design thinking and communication; briefing; concept design and prototyping; research, implementation and evaluation; and new and emerging themes in design. These skills are applied all the way from product development for business and industry to problems originating from the public sector and non-governmental organisations.

Career opportunities

Graduates develop abilities to work in design industry and to create and apply design-driven understanding to answer to the challenges of today and tomorrow. Career opportunities vary from entrepreneurship to expert tasks in public organisations and in international business tackling contemporary problems at a global scale. The programme prepares its graduates also for careers in corporate design research and for doctoral studies.

Internationalisation

The CoID programme’s learning community is international and multicultural. Furthermore, students are encouraged to apply for international exchange studies or internships and gain experience in international competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and trade fairs.

Admission procedure

Applicants for the CoID programme in apply in the master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. The programme seeks students with skills to develop processes and structures, to create innovative design solutions both individually and in team settings, with personal and artistic insightfulness, ideation skill, and goal-orientation and motivation.

Eligible applicants for the programme have earned a Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design) or completed equivalent studies. The Master’s Programme in Collaborative and Industrial Design consists of advanced studies which can be completed in two years.

The selection process for Collaborative and Industrial Design only has one stage. Students are selected to the programme based on the application as a whole, including the portfolio, CV and study plan. These application documents are assessed as pass/fail.

Applicants accepted to the programme may be required to take supplementary studies.

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Last updated April 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
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Free
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The application period is 1 December 2015 - 15 January 2016.
Start date Aug. 2016
Place
Finland Helsinki
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