Product and Spatial Design

Learning 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, furniture or product design. They learn to practice design in the wider operational environment of product development, business, and culture.

In this programme, students learn to interpret their living environment and culture. They also learn to transform them through their personal vision and professional skills. During their studies, students develop an artistic perspective and insight, learn to master their creative process, and deepen their expertise in materials, design tradition, and culture. The programme trains students in personal design expression, ability to master design processes, and ability to understand the discipline’s tradition and present as a base of curiosity and experimentation.

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

The programme enhances students’ skills in presentation, writing and visualisation. The students learn skills in creative problem-setting and problem-solving relevant to the product and spatial design and in design research. They also learn skills in gathering and analyzing information and applying it to design and research. The programme provides students with skills needed to continue in doctoral studies.

Education Content

The programme is based on an exploratory approach to design-based problem setting, elaboration and problem-solving. It emphasises the skill to manage the entire design process from the beginning to the final outcome, which can be either a design or a 3D product. An essential part of the education is project-based learning. In the projects, the students are encouraged to utilise artistic and experimental approach and thus find their personal expression and voice as a designer.

Studies are organized in three competence areas that all include several modules ranging in topics and mode of working. The study modules often include a project to take the design inquiry into real world context.

Studies in three different competence areas:

Furniture Design provides knowledge and skills for designing an unique piece of furniture, one that reflects a strong vision. The objective is to educate designers who are able to combine sustainability, social responsibility and creative interpretation of beauty, skillfully employing various methods of empirical research.

Spatial Design  is built on the relationship between space and object. The core question is how the 3D context affects product and furniture design and how objects interact in space. The aim is to strengthen 3D understanding by combining different scales, materials and disciplines into the contextual framework.

Applied Art and Design deepens student’s ability to reflect on their work in a wider cultural context and conduct experiments in product development. The studies include design projects related to everyday living, functional objects, and unique pieces.

Besides the main study contents described above, students can select optional content studies either from the competence areas above, or then some other degree programmes’ courses and modules, or contents from some specific minor programme. Specific study contents are to be agreed upon in the making of a Personal Study Plan.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Main compulsory studies (40 ECTS) are selected from three competence areas of the programme. The particular contents are to be agreed upon in the making of a Personal Study Plan. For Product and Spatial Design MA-degree student chooses four (4) optional courses or projects from the competence area offerings. Students have to take minimum one course from other competence area in SPD. 

Students will participate also to joint studies of the Department of Design (20 ECTS) and will produce a thesis project around a design subject (30 ECTS).

In addition to the major studies, students may select elective studies up to 30 ECTS either from the aforementioned competence areas, or then from some other degree programmes’ courses or contents from specific minor programme at Aalto level (e.g. IDBM, CS, etc.) or under JOO agreement from other Finnish Universities, through international exchange or internship.

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

joint studies of department of design

20

MUO-E0000

INTRO

2

MUO-E0001

Design and Culture

4

MUO-E0002

Design research

4

MUO-E0004

Thesis Seminar

2

MUO-E0003

Personal project (PET)

8 (6+2)

Product and Spatial Design Competence Areas

40

For Product and Spatial Design MA-degree student chooses four (4) optional courses or projects from the competence area offerings. Students have to take minimum one course from other competence area in SPD.  Three (3) competence areas are offering 4-6 courses each during an academic year.

Furniture Design          

 

 

MUO-E5000

Material, Stucrture and Shape

10

MUO-E5001

From Structure to Product

10

MUO-E5002

Form and Function

10

MUO-E5003

Art, Furniture and Architecture

10

Spatial Design

 

MUO-E5004

Neglected Space

10

MUO-E5005

Space in Practice

10

MUO-E5006

Identity of Space

10

MUO-E5007

Advanced Space Project

10

Applied Art and Design

 

MUO-E5008

Rethinking Design

10

MUO-E5009

Experimental Design

10

MUO-E5010

Design Exploration and Experimentation

10

MUO-E5011

Material Experimentation and Research

10

MUO-E5012

Product and Space Interaction

10

MUO-E5013

Critical Design

10

Master’s Thesis

30

MUO.thes 

Master’s Thesis

30

 

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 courses offered by Product and Spatial Design competence areas and offering presented in the following table.

Elective Studies in Product and Spatial Design

Code

Name

ECTS

 MUO-E5014

Internship

5–10

 MUO-E0005

Project module

5–10

 MUO-E5016

Woodstudio

10

 MUO-E5017

Competitions

5–10

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