Fashion and Collection Design

Director of the Master's Programme

Professor Jaana Beidler

Learning Outcomes

The programme deepens and extends the students’ skills in strategic thinking as well as creating, coordinating and leading fashion and design concept processes. Students cultivate their personal creative vision as a base for portfolio design and management skills by creating fashion, clothing, textile and design collections. The collection design process is deepened to consist the whole path from concept to marketing and sales. In the core of the program is understanding of the fashion system and its impact on the society and business. Students are challenged to explore the possibilities of new technologies and innovative design solutions in both physical and digital media.

During the studies the student learns to combine design, commerce, industry and research. Artistic and creative problem-solving strategies and techniques in mastering silhouettes, structures and materials are a part of the studies. The students learn an experimental and conceptual approach in creating fashion, clothing, surface design and colour collections of a high international standard. They also learn an analytic approach to trends, events and phenomena. The program emphasises the understanding of different cultures and encourages students to innovate and re-think current practices in fashion as well as design business and industry in order to extend it to new domains. Entrepreneurial and sustainable thinking as well as multidisciplinary co-operation and communication in product development are an essential part of the acquired skills.

The students learn to analyze the mechanisms and phenomena in fashion, clothing, textiles and design. The programme fosters students skills in presentation, writing and visualisation. Students gain an understanding of design research methods and learn to apply them in academic, societal and business contexts. The program also gives skills needed in doctoral studies.

Education Content

Fashion as phenomena is extended beyond clothing and textiles to include the production and consumption of many other types of products and services. Joint studies help the students to learn skills beyond their own field. The program cultivates a fashion-driven approach and gives methods of practice to bring the students work on a high international and professional level.

Career opportunities

The graduates have the skills and knowledge needed to sustain a professional career in fashion, clothing, textile and design business and industry, media and education. The master studies prepare the students for a career in academic as well as corporate research.

Internationalization

Students are encouraged to apply for international exchange studies or internship. In addition, they are expected to gain experience in international competitions, exhibitions, conferences and trade fairs.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Joint Studies of the 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

8 (6+2)

Compulsory major studies

10

MUO-E1000

Conceptual Design Workshop

5

MUO-E1001

Entrepreneurship and Business Creation

5

Alternative Major studies

30

Students select THREE of the following modules, according to personal study plan:

MUO-E1002

Experimental Textile Design

10

MUO-E1003

Innovative Fashion Design

10

MUO-E1004

Fashion Concept and Branding

10

MUO-E1005

Fashion Collection Design

10

MUO-E1024

Surface Design and Colourways

10

MUO-E1012

Functional Clothing and Materials

10

MUO-E1013

Wearable Technology and eTextiles

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 elective courses offered by Fashion and Collection Design. The programme’s own offering is presented in the following table.

Elective Studies in Fashion and Collection Design

Open to all Design students, please see prerequisities from course description in WebOodi.

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

MUO-E1007

Product Portfolio Management

10

MUO-E1026

Design Driven Foresight

10

MUO-E1009

PatternLab

10

MUO-E1010

Fashion Collection project

10

MUO-E1011

Fashion Communication

10

MUO-E1025

Colour Design — Creating Character and Strategy

10

MUO-E9005

Integrated Design Management

5

MUO-E9006

Expressive Innovations and Design

5

MUO-E1016

Workshops

2–10

MUO-E1016

Internship

2–10

MUO-E1017

Projects

2–10

MUO-E1018

Competitions

2–10

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