Design and Technology Futures is built on an understanding that disciplinary, cultural and intellectual diversity combined with creative and open mindset drives successful innovation. It is a transdisciplinary programme merging the competencies and skills of technology and design.

Main specialisations

Electronics Engineering; Communication Engineering; Advanced Nanomaterials and Semiconductors


Design and Technology Futures is combining education and innovation into an enabling platform which at one hand collaborates with industry and government partners to search new ways out from the modern complex challenges and on the other hand, engages students with new and unique experiences out of their comfort zones in order to create innovation and new thinking. To find out what the future might be.

The challenges in the program are presented in an open format, encouraging students’ personal creative development and self-expression.

The 2 year (120 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:

  • General Studies (12 ECTS)
  • Design (12 ECTS)
  • Engineering (12 ECTS)
  • Entrepreneurship (6 ECTS)
  • Elective Studies (6 ECTS)
  • Specialisation Projects (42 ECTS)
  • Free Choice Courses (6 ECTS)
  • Graduation Thesis (24 ECTS)

Why this speciality?

  • The programme offers an opportunity to acquire integrated practical and theoretical knowledge in design-driven innovation with an ability to spark, lead and perform the future-oriented tech-intensive product- and service concept development;
  • Exiting cooperation projects with industry, government partners or society looking for new opportunities for technology development into promising product-service systems;
  • Teaching staff with high theoretical and practical experience.

Future career

Entrepreneurs, innovation leaders, product and service developers and managers who are able to work in a wide scope of creative integrated development teams and run design-driven innovation projects integrating together the technological possibilities provided by industry with opportunities found on the market and in the society.

Programme specific requirements

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in technology, design or innovation fields

Motivation letter

For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.

  • Please include the following:
    • Well-considered reasons for the choice of the speciality and description of the vision for your career and how will studying in the study programme Design & Technology Futures support achievement of the goals.
    • A substantially reasoned vision of the developments of design and engineering and your role in the developments.
    • Comprehensive analysis of your strengths and contribution to multicultural and multidisciplinary team projects.

We evaluate the applicant's motivation and critical thinking skills, the well-founded connection between the applicant's career choice and the study programme Design and Technology Futures, as well as an understanding of the developments in the field.

PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.

Grading scale: 1-25

Online interview

  • An applicant must be attentive, have analytical skills and be interested in the profession and the world in all its diversity. We evaluate the skill to substantiate the choice of the speciality and to connect it with your professional career, your motivation and ability to discuss the trends and issues in the field. We evaluate communication skills, creativity and critical thinking, motivation to pass the selected study programme and to continue with the professional career, the ability to collaborate and to contribute to multicultural and multidisciplinary teamwork (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration).
  • Grading scale: 1-50

Online test in field knowledge for engineers

Online test takes place in the system called Moodle. The test itself is 7 minutes long and can be taken only once.

  • Exemplary questions:
  • CAD systems are used for...
  • What are the strongest points of parametric modelling?
  • What are the main functions of CAM systems?
  • What kind of information systems are used in area of manufacturing engineering?
  • Who benefits from product development?
  • What are the main advantages of numerical controlled (NC) machining?
  • Quality management is used for...
  • Product development is a process which includes the following steps...
  • What is the role of engineers in product development processes?
  • Why customer requirements management is important?

Grading scale: 0-10 points.

Positive scale: 6-10 points.

The candidate must collect at least 6 points to continue. The result will be re-calculated into a 25-point scale.

Portfolio for designers

  • A portfolio should give an overview of the applicant's professional capabilities and should include the best examples of his/her designs and other creative work. You do not need to include classical paintings and drawings in the portfolio, but you should include development sketches, engineering designs, photos of the models or finished products, developments related to modern technology (e.g. user interfaces, apps, service design projects, etc.). We will evaluate the quality of the designs submitted and the portfolio as a whole.
  • Grading scale: 1-25

Students for TalTech international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. The maximum score for all examination parts is 100 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 50 points is admitted.

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Last updated November 16, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2, 2019
2 years
3,300 EUR
First year tuition fee non-EU | EU: Free
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