Master of Arts in Product and Spatial Design

Aalto University

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited
AACSB Accredited

Master of Arts in Product and Spatial Design

Aalto University

Goal of education

Content outcomes

The programme educates designers with a distinct design personality. Students will learn to manage design processes, learn about the regulations in construction, material knowledge, skills in 3D composition, and understand the spatiality of people and products. They deepen the skills learned in Bachelor's studies and broaden their knowledge in spatial design, furniture design or product design. They learn to practice design in the broader operational environment of product development, business, and culture.

Skill outcomes

Students learn to interpret and transform living environment and culture through their insight and professional skills. They develop an artistic and designerly insight, learn to master their creative design process, and deepen their expertise in materials, knowledge of design tradition, and cultural discussion. The programme trains students in personal design expression, gives them ability to master design processes, and to understand the discipline’s tradition and presence as a base for curiosity and experimentation.

Students are also trained to develop technical, aesthetic and research skills to support the design process. They become competent in exploring technologies and visualising, creating and demonstrating innovative concepts and experiences using the latest technology. They become professionals versed in design tradition with skills in multidisciplinary teamwork.

Academic skills

The programme enhances students’ presentation skills in writing and visualisation. The students learn skills in problem-setting and problem-solving relevant to the product and spatial design and in practice led design research. They also learn to gather and analyse information and apply it to design and research.

Education content

The programme is based on an exploratory approach to design-based problem setting, elaboration and solving. It emphasises the skill to manage the entire design process from the beginning to the final outcome. An essential part of the education is project-based hands-on learning. In the projects, the students are encouraged to utilise artistic and experimental approaches and find their personal expression and voice as a designer.

For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic year of 2015-2016.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities vary from entrepreneurship to expert tasks in private and public organisations. Graduates work as interior designers in design and architect studios, as independent entrepreneurs, and as in-house designers in industry. They also work as designers, managers, researchers and teachers. The programme prepares its graduates also for doctoral studies.

Internationalisation

Students are encouraged to apply for international exchange studies or internships. They are also encouraged to participate in international competitions, exhibitions, conferences, and trade fairs.

Admission procedure

Applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme in Product and Spatial Design apply in the Master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. The main criteria are competence and suitability. Specifically, the programme seeks students who understand processes and structures, to create personal design solutions both individually and in teams, with personal and artistic insight, ideation skill, and goal-orientation and motivation.

Eligible applicants for the programme have earned a Bachelor of Arts or completed equivalent studies. The Master’s Degree Programme in Product and Spatial Design consists of advanced studies, which can be completed in two years.

Students are selected for the programme in two stages. In the first stage, the applicant submits an electronic application form and sends in the application and attachments. In the second stage, some applicants are selected for an interview. If necessary, additional work samples may also be requested. Applicants may also have to complete entrance exam assignments set by the selection committee. The portfolio, interview and study plan plus any additional work samples and exam assignments are assessed as pass/fail.

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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