Graphic Design

Learning Outcomes

Upon earning the master’s degree, students will:

Content Outcomes:
  • be able to deepen their design knowledge and skills and apply them in multidisciplinary productions in the field of visual communication, for instance in the visualisation of information, in social communication, in concept design and design management;
  • be able to manage and execute extensive visual communication design concepts;
  • have gained skills in tasks related to visual design and experience in the planning and execution of projects for different publishing platforms, gained an understanding of usability, target group and audience;
  • have gained insight into the impact of visual communication on sustainable development and into the possibilities opened by new technologies.
Skill Outcomes:
  • have command of the key design tools and methods, and user perspectives, and learn creative problem solving skills;
  • have developed their cooperation and teamwork skills, as well communication and presentation skills, are able to express themselves while making use of visual and verbal argumentation and have the required language and communication skills;
  • are able to receive feedback and is able to reflect on their learning.
Academic Skills:
  • will be familiar with the key principles of visual analysis and design research and have command of the associated methodological and research skills, have command of the basics of academic writing and use of information sources.

Education Content

The Master’s Degree Programme in Graphic Design allows students to execute demanding design assignments which develop their conceptual and aesthetic design skills. Students acquire methodological skills in design research and develop a responsible view of the effects of visual communication and deepen and broaden their competencies.

The goal of the studies is the enhancement and application of design skills in multidisciplinary productions. The outcome of the work of a graphic designer or a multidisciplinary design team is usually published in mass media or in more targeted media, but it may also be an immaterial concept, service, corporate image or brand.

The two-year master's degree programme helps students to create contacts with companies and with the surrounding society through project work. The international dimension of the master’s degree programme takes the form of international lecturers and students and the possibility of going on an exchange period or work placement abroad.

The timetable of the master’s degree programme has been planned so as to allow its completion in two years. The personal study plan builds on the students’ interests and special skills, and it supports the master’s thesis. The degree structure provides students with an opportunity to pursue studies towards a minor in the other schools of Aalto University or at other universities in Finland or abroad.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS credits

Major in Graphic Design

90

Compulsory joint studies for a master’s degree in the department of media

14

DOM-E0000

Understanding Media, Art and Design

4

DOM-E0001

Research Skills/ Tutkimustaidot

4

DOM-E0002

Professional Legislation Practises for MA Students

3

In addition student chooses one of the following courses.

LC-ARTS.1021

Writing for Master´s Students

3

LC-ARTS.1020

ARTS Academic Communication for Master´s Students

3

LC-ARTS.7001

Tieteellinen kirjoittaminen maisteriopiskelijoille*

3

Compulsory studies for the degree program in graphic design

46

DOM-E1009

Perspectives on Visual Communication

6

DOM-E1001

Project Studies

DOM-E1010

Master´s Thesis Seminar

4

DOM.thes 

Master´s Thesis

30

Alternative studies

30

Students choose 30 ECTS of alternative courses. Students complete 5 thematic courses or 3­­–4 thematic courses as well as 6 or 12 ECTS of project studies.

DOM-E1001

Project Studies

6­–12

DOM-E1002

Information Design

6

DOM-E1003

Design Management

6

DOM-E1004

Storytelling

6

DOM-E1005

Hybrid Narratives

6

DOM-E1006

Critical Design

6

* ) Academic Writing. The language of instruction is Finnish.

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

In addition, students choose 30 ECTS of elective studies. 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, or take elective courses offered by Graphic Design. The programme’s own offering is presented in the following table.

Elective Studies in Graphic Design

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

DOM-E0003

Common Advanced Workshop/Project at the Department of Media

3–20 *

DOM-E1000

Optional Advanced Workshop in Graphic Design

2–6

DOM-E1001

Project Studies

6–12

DOM.trai

Practical Training

5–15 *

DOM-E1007

Optional Advanced Theory Course

2–10

DOM-E1008

Optional Advanced Tutoring/Working as an Assistant

2–10

* ) Students have the right to be credited with components of courses from courses over 12 ECTS.

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