Creative Sustainability (Master of Arts, Design)

Director of the Master's Programme

Professor Mikko Jalas

Learning Outcomes

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. The CS programme provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, business, design, built environment and real estate for dealing with the significant challenges of sustainability which background is in climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality, demographic changes and rapid global economic changes. The CS programme offers students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines. The students will graduate with degrees of Master of Arts. The CS Programme is also offered as minor subject studies for students of the Aalto University study programmes.

The Master ‘s Programme in Creative Sustainability brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams that increases understanding of different backgrounds. The students are encouraged to recognise and learn methods, tools and practices of other disciplines. This activates students to create new sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments.

Learning Outcomes of the Master`s Programme in Creative Sustainability:

Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to utilize knowledge on novel sustainable technologies as well as economic and socio-cultural approaches to sustainability to reach collaborative solutions.

Systems approach: Students learn to use both analytic and systemic thinking to create new holistic understandings about complex situations in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.

Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem solving methods and tools in defining the problem, generating ideas and obtaining solutions.

Business management: Students learn new approaches and skills for creating sustainable business models and enhancing business ethics and corporate responsibility.

Sustainable built environment: Students learn to analyse and develop sustainable solutions for the built environment.

Project management: Students learn to manage multidisciplinary teamwork and communicate in versatile industrial, urban and business environments.

Skills outcomes of the CS in the Department of Design:

  • Students learn to analyse sustainability problems and engage with them in a systemic, holistic and creative way
  • Students are able to use design thinking and participatory approaches as problem solving tools
  • Students are able to implement sustainable design methods and tools in conceptual, service and product design processes
  • Students understand values and responsibilities of design discipline related to political, societal and business contexts
  • Students learn how to participate in and lead design debate and evaluate and give critics on design
  • Students understand the role of different disciplines in a multidisciplinary team

Academic skills:

  • Students are able to analyze and write on sustainability related issues
  • Students are able to engage in theory and practice based research processes
  • Students master the basics of academic writing, and are able to use valid references in their texts

Education Content

The Creative Sustainability programme comprises theoretical lessons, workshops, practical projects, excursions and a thesis. Courses deepen the basis for professional skills in methods and responsibilities of sustainable product and service design. Contents of the projects can vary from material innovation to enhancement of social sustainability in challenging contexts. Courses and projects are carried out within topics of interest for partner organizations that can be e.g. private companies, non-governmental organizations or other associations or public organizations. Projects are launched to solve a real and practical problem of a partner in Finland or abroad.

The two-year major consists of 120 ECTS composed of joint compulsory studies, compulsory studies in the Department of Design, compulsory Creative Sustainability design studies and optional studies. The curriculum is based on personal study plans, in which the students can also include studies completed at other universities or other modules from Aalto University. The pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem- based learning and strong connection to practical outcomes.

Creative Sustainability studies at the Department of Design empower and encourage students to create new roles for designers in the professional fields and prepare students to start own companies or work as sustainability experts in organizations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. These include the private and public sectors as well as a wide range of NGO´s.

Graduates of Creative Sustainability programme (MA) will work as designers, experts, educators, researchers managers and directors in the organizations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability.

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

4-6

MUO-E0002

Design research

4

MUO-E0004

Thesis seminar

2

MUO-E0006

Personal project / project

6

MUO-E0007

Personal project / seminar

2

Creative Sustainability Compulsory Module

23

MUO-E8000

Creative Teamwork

2

MUO-E8016

Knowledge-Making for Sustainability

2

Yhd-12.3081

State of the World and Development

2

SPT-E1050

Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living Environment

5

21E12002

CAPSTONE in Creative Sustainability

6

21E16000 Sustainable Business & Consumption 6

Compulsory Creative Sustainability courses in the Department of Design

7

MUO-E8020

Sustainable Product and Service Design

5

MUO-E8017

Eco-auditing

2

Alternative CS Courses List, Choose

10

Department of Design

 

MUO-E8021

Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills

5

MUO-E8022

Creative Cooperation Methods and Skills

5

MUO-E8012

Design for Government

10

MUO-E8014

Theoretical Changing Courses

1–12

MUO-E8015

CS Project

1–12

MUO-E8018

Sustainability Politics

5

MUO-E8019

Sociotechnical Transitions towards Sustainability

5

Department of Architecture

 

ARK-E3505

Sustainable Building Design

10

ARK-E5505

Sustainable Urban Design

10

MAR-E1024

Sustainable Landscape – EIA, studio

10

ARK-E5504

Cities in Transition, Studio (Notice: "WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment" should be completed first)

10

School of Business

   

21E10000

How to change the world: Innovating toward Sustainability

6

21E11001

Dialogues in Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy

6

22E29100

Accounting for Sustainability

6

25E18000

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

6

51E00100

Business Ethics

6

21E06050

Responsibility Management (book exam)

6

School of Engineering / Department of Built Environment:

REC-E1010

Real Estate Economics

5

REC-E1020

Property Right, Cadaster and Planning

5

REC-E1030

Facility and Property Management

5

REC-E3010

Real Estate Business and Entrepreneurship

5

REC-E3030

Real Estate Development

5

WAT-E2060

Sustainable Built Environment

5

WAT-E2070

Sustainable Global Technologies Studio (“Yhd-12.3081 State of the World and Development” and “WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment” should be completed first.)

10

Master’s Thesis

 

30

MUO.thes

Master’s Thesis

30

 

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

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 from Alternative CS course list.

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