Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulun opinto-opas 2014–15

International Design Business Management (IDBM)

Basic information of the minor

The name of the minor in Finnish, Swedish and English: IDBM minor

Extent of the minor in ECTS credits: 25 ECTS

Teacher in charge of the minor: Peter McGrory (for IDBM minor students from ARTS)

Language of instruction: English

Target group: Master level students from ARTS.

Limitations of the minor: Master level students from ARTS. (Students are selected separately from ARTS, from BIZ and from technology/science field.)

Level of the minor: master’s level, advanced studies

Minor is multidisciplinary. Contributing schools: School of Business, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Science.

Content of the minor

Learning outcomes of the minor

The International Design Business Management minor program builds on prior studies in the areas of business, design and technology by enabling and encouraging students to further develop and integrate their knowledge in multidisciplinary teams. The aim of the program is to provide participants with the competence and capability to successfully undertake creative teamwork, concept development, business modelling and project management through industry collaboration and a tailor made course in international design business management.

Content of the minor

Compulsory Industry Project 15 ECTS + Compulsory Courses 10 ECTS

Structure of the minor

Course code


ETCTS Credits

Compulsory Industry Project



IDBM Industry Project (Business)



IDBM Industry Project (Design)



IDBM Industry Project (Technology)


Compulsory Courses



Creative Teamwork



International Design Business Management


Timing of the minor

One academic year

Applying to a minor

Number of available places

max. 10 students from School of Arts, Design and Architecture

(IDBM programme takes a certain number of minor students separately from ARTS, from BIZ and from technology/science field.)

Application process and selection criteria

Prerequisites for being accepted to the program are a bachelor’s degree (or ability to demonstrate equivalent knowledge of one’s own field), an interest in multidisciplinary teamwork and the possibility to actively participate in a very intense program.

Students are selected through a separate application process where student’s motivation, commitment and expectations are evaluated based on a letter-of-motivation, CV and documentation outlining prior academic attainment.

Application Requirements: An applicant should be a master student from School of Arts, Design and Architecture and has an interest in multidisciplinary teamwork and the possibility to participate and complete a very intense programme.

Application documents:  A free-form letter of motivation, CV and academic record (transcript). All documents are to be in English!

Application period:

Application time for the academic year 2014-2015 is 1.-15.5.2014.

Aalto students apply via eAge system's internal minor application process: https://eage.aalto.fi/

Please attach all the required application documents when you fill in the eAge application form.

Newly accepted Aalto students who do not have the Aalto password can apply by sending the required application documents directly to the study coordinator Naoko Nakagawa.

More information:

Study coordinator Naoko Nakagawa: Tämä sähköpostiosoite on suojattu spamboteilta. Tarvitset JavaScript-tuen nähdäksesi sen.

Address for newly accepted students for sending the applications:

Naoko Nakagawa

IDBM Study Coordinator

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

PL 31000, 00076 Aalto


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