Graphic Design

Director of the Master's Programme

Professor Saku Heinänen

Learning Outcomes

Upon earning the master’s degree, students will:

  • apply design knowledge and skills in multidisciplinary productions in the field of visual communication. These productions might take the form of information visualisation, social communication, concept design or design management;
  • manage and execute extensive visual communication design concepts;
  • use visual design to plan and execute projects for new technologies, with an understanding of usability, audience experience and impact;
  • demonstrate insight into sustainable development through multidisciplinary communication;
  • give and receive feedback and incorporate reflection and self-analysis in iterative solutions;
  • employ cooperation and teamwork skills, as well communication and presentation skills,
  • use visual analysis, design research methodologies and academic writing to investigate design-related research questions.

Education Content

The Master’s 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 while deepening and broadening 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 might be published in mass or targeted media, but it may also be an immaterial concept, service, corporate image or brand.

The two-year master's programme helps students to create contacts with companies and with the surrounding society through project work. The international dimension of the master’s programme includes international lecturers and students and the option of an exchange program or work placement abroad.

The master’s programme is intended to be completed in two years. Students make a personal study plan that builds on their interests and special skills, and supports their master’s theses. The degree structure provides students with an opportunity to pursue studies towards a minor in the other schools of Aalto University or at other national or international universities.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme will have skills and knowledge to work as design professionals in graphic design, concept design or marketing communication. The master’s programme provides extensive professional skills in development and management, such as those of a creative director. In addition, the Master of Arts degree enables students to apply for doctoral studies in art and design.

Titles

Graphic designer, creative director, design professional in marketing communication.

Internationalisation

Exchanges programs, work placement abroad, International lecturers and students give the master’s programme an international dimension.

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.

LCA-1021

Writing for Master´s Students

3

LCA-1020

ARTS Academic Communication for Master´s Students

3

LCA-7001

Tieteellinen kirjoittaminen maisteriopiskelijoille*

3

Compulsory studies for the degree program in graphic design

46

DOM-E1023

Discourse in Design

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-E1004

Storytelling

6

DOM-E1005

Hybrid Narratives

6

DOM-E1006

Critical Design

6

DOM-E1024

Publishing for Emerging Platforms

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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