Collaborative and Industrial Design

Director of the Master's Programme

Professor Tuuli Mattelmäki

Learning Outcomes

The Collaborative and Industrial Design programme (CoID) focuses on design innovation. It enables in-depth understanding of design’s role in society, and provides its students advanced skills to work as designers in both corporative and entrepreneurial roles. It extends industrial design into interaction design, service design, co-design and other emerging fields in which design activities can enhance the quality of environment and people’s life. Students learn empathic, critical, strategic and technological skills needed in design innovation processes. They are also encouraged to explore roles unforeseen in design industry.

Over the duration of the programme the students will develop understanding of design in relation to contemporary culture and to innovation system, be it local or global, private or public. The students will also develop an extensive ability to design, lead design work, and collaborate with non-designers, and thus become able to shape change in contemporary communities and companies.

Education Content

Students are trained in concept design, co-design, strategic design and design research. They learn skills needed to capture and reframe design briefs and problems to justify their insights and make well-grounded design concepts. They learn to construct these concepts with models and prototypes of different kinds and to test their design ideas through research. They also learn strategic skills needed to manage innovation and entrepreneurial practices in business settings, as well as co-design skills to manage social innovation in organizations and the public sector.

Studies are organized in three different competence areas that all include several modules ranging in topics and mode of working. Project-based learning is emphasized and the courses often include a project to take the design inquiry into real world contexts.

Studies in three different competence areas:

Advanced Industrial Design focuses on contemporary product development and manufacturing processes, high-quality form giving, prototyping and concrete industrial collaboration through projects.

Collaborative Design focuses on user as the starting point for design action, 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 focuses on the attitude  and capability to successfully utilize design in the creation, development and management of contemporary business practice.

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 programmes. Specific study contents are to be agreed upon in the making of a Personal Study Plan.

Further information about the programme: coid.aalto.fi

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Main compulsory studies (40ECTS) consists of two compulsory courses, User Inspired Design and Product Architecture Design, and two courses selected from the competence areas of the programme and agreed in the student’s Personal Study Plan.

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 (ME310, IDBM, USchool, CS, etc.) or under JOO agreement from other Finnish Universities, through international exchange or internship.

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Joint Studies of the Department of Design

20

MUO-E0000

INTRO

2

MUO-E0001

Design and Culture

4-6

MUO-E0002

Design  research

4

MUO-E0004

Thesis seminar  

2

MUO-E0006

Personal project / project

6

MUO-E0007

Personal project / seminar

2

Compulsory major studies

MUO-E3001

Product Architecture Design

10

MUO-E3005

User Inspired Design L

5-10

COLLABORATIVE AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGN COMPETENCE AREAS

40

For CoID MA-degree student chooses two (2) optional courses or projects from the competence area offerings. Three (3) competence areas are offering 4-6 courses each during an academic year.

Advanced  Industrial  Design

 

MUO-E3000

New Materials and Means of Production

10

MUO-E3001

Product Architecture Design

10

MUO-E3002

Interactive Prototyping 

10

MUO-E3019

Form Exploration

10

MUO-E3020

Designing Interactions

10

Collaborative Design

 

MUO-E3006

Experience Driven Design

5–10

MUO-E3007

Strategic Co-Design L

5

MUO-E3008

Designing for Services

5–10

MUO-E3016

Design Ethnography L

10

Design Strategy and Leadership

 

MUO-E3021

Design and Entrepreneurship

10

MUO-E1026

Design-Driven Foresight

10

MUO-E9005

Integrated Design Management

5

MUO-E3023

Concept Design

5

MUO-E3022

Project Module

2-10

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 Collaborative and Industrial Design competence areas. 

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