Collaborative and Industrial Design

Basic information of the minor

The name of the minor in Finnish: Teollisen muotoilun sivuaine

Extent of the minor in ECTS credits: 20

Teacher in charge of the minor: Turkka Keinonen

Language of instruction: English

Target group (for whom the minor is meant): Minor in Collaborative and Industrial Design is a minor programme aimed at master-level students from other study programmes in Aalto and other universities, who want to deepen their understanding on contemporary professional practices and competences in the design of complicated products, systems and services. Depending on the chosen courses, students with varying earlier experience will increase their understanding of, and abilities in collaborative and industrial design processes.

Limitations of the minor: This minor is freely available.

Level of the minor: Advanced studies

Content of the minor

Learning outcomes of the minor

Minor in Collaborative and Industrial Design provides its students improved understanding of design in relation to contemporary culture and innovation practices. It accustoms the students to understand design in organizational, corporate, public, academic and/or entrepreneurial settings, extending design into interaction, services, co-design, design management and strategy, and emerging fields in which design can enhance the quality of environment and people’s life. Minor students will improve their ability to understand and participate into design collaboration, and to bring forth a designerly mode of thinking.

Content of the minor

Studies are organized in three different competence areas that all include several courses ranging in topics and mode of working. In general all contents promote problem- and project-based learning, and several of the courses involve a small project addressed in cross-disciplinary teams.

Advanced Industrial Design (AID) develops skills to work with contemporary product development and manufacturing processes, form giving, prototyping and industrial collaboration.

Collaborative Design (CoD) focuses on the role of user and other stakeholders in design, and expands the scope towards collaborative design processes, the use of interactive technologies, and the design of services, in societal context and in business.

Design Strategy and Leadership (DSL) instils and develops the attitude and capability to successfully utilize design in the creation, development and management of contemporary business practice.

Structure of the minor

The applicants of the minor must select two courses from up to two competence areas. As the places on the courses may be limited, the students are recommended to identify also few alternatives to their primary selection. Upon application the applicants are asked to justify their choices in their written study plan. Furthermore, the selected minor contents must be compatible with the student’s Personal Study Plan.

Notice that the course User Inspired Design or comparable skills are a requirement for the other Collaborative Design competence area courses. Also the project modules (on the list the last courses in each competence area) may have earlier study contents or experience as their prerequisite, and participation must always be agreed first with the responsible teachers.

The courses are selected from the list below.




ECTS Credits

Advanced Industrial Design (AID)



New Materials and Means of Production



Product Architecture Design



Interactive Prototyping



Advanced Product Design Project



Advanced Form Exploration Project


Collaborative Design (CoD)



User Inspired Design



Experience-Driven Design



Strategic Co-Design



Designing  for Services



Collaborative Design – CoD Project


Design Strategy and Leadership (DSL)



Design Strategy and Innovation



Trend Forecasting



Brand Dynamics and Design



Expressive Innovations and Design Project



Design Strategy and Leadership – DSL Project


Timing of the minor

Minor studies are available through the academic year and its contents are organized annually. Selected students take part in two courses, organized in different study periods, during which they are expected to work full-time.

Applying to a minor

Number of available places

Every course that is offered in the minor programme has a quota of maximum 5 minor students. Selection is based on motivational letter, written study plan and earlier experience.

Application process and selection criteria

Application to the programme can be done either via Aalto University eAge system’s internal minor application process, or under JOO agreement from other Finnish Universities. Application time for is 1.-15.5.2014. Aalto students apply via eAge Students from other Finnish universities apply via JOOPAS

Upon application students must include to their application material their official Personal Study Plan (from their own major programme), written study plan regarding the contents selected from the minor (with the preferred courses and some alternatives), and a motivational letter. This material can be attached either directly in eAge online system, or then by including the aforementioned material to sent application documents.

The motivational letter should bring forth the student’s earlier studies and experience in relation to design, and their areas of interest and ideas for further work. In the written study plan the student is asked to identify the preferred courses, along with some alternative choices, and to justify these choices in relation to their earlier studies and their official Personal Study Plan.

Selection is done according to the study plan, motivational letter, and overall suitableness of the student.

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