Experimental Design

Basic information of the minor

Code: ARTS3079

Extent: 20 ECTS

Language: English

Responsible teacher: Timo Salli

Administrative contact: Study Coordinator Birgitta Tuomaala

Target group: Experimental Design is a minor programme aimed at master-level students from other study programmes in Aalto and other universities, who have basic competences in visual design and want to deepen their understanding on contemporary professional practices and competences in design. Depending on the chosen courses, students with varying earlier experience will increase their understanding in experimental product or spatial design.

Application procedure:

Application to the programme can be done either via Aalto University eAge system’s internal minor application process, or under JOO agreement from other Finnish Universities.

Application time for Aalto students is 1.-15.5.2016 Instructions for applying: http://studyguides.aalto.fi/minors-guide/2016/en/instructions-for-applying/minor.html

Students from other Finnish universities apply via JOOPAS https://haku.joopas.fi.

Upon application students must include to their application material their official Personal Study Plan (from their own major programme), a motivational letter including the contents selected from the minor and a portfolio showcasing their previous experience in design. This material can be attached either directly in eAge online system, or then by including the aforementioned material to sent application documents.

The motivational letter should bring forth the student's earlier studies and experience in relation to design, and their areas of interest and ideas for further work. The applicant is asked to identify the preferred courses, along with some alternative choices, and to justify these choices in relation to their earlier studies and their official Personal Study Plan.

Selection is done according to the portfolio, Personal Study Plan and motivational letter.

Quotas and restrictions: Max 20 students. Many of the courses offered for the minor have their course specific quotas and restrictions.

Prerequisites: Bachelor degree. See also application procedure and quotas and restrictions

Name of the minor in other languages: Kokeilevan muotoilun sivuaine

Content and structure of the minor

Learning outcomes

Minor in Experimental Design provides students improved understanding of design in relation to contemporary culture and innovation practices. It accustoms the students to understand design in creative, academic and/or entrepreneurial settings, extending design into emerging fields in which design can enhance the quality of environment and people’s life. The students will improve their ability to understand and participate in design collaboration, and to bring forth a designerly mode of thinking and making.

Content: The minor in Experimental Design provides a selection of courses from Master of Art programmes in Product and Spatial Design as well as Collaborative and industrial design. The learning is built on problem- and project-based learning, and several of the courses involve a project addressed in cross-disciplinary teams. The courses develop skills to work with contemporary product development and manufacturing processes, form giving, prototyping and industrial collaboration. The objective is to educate designers who are able to combine social responsibility and creative interpretation of beauty, skillfully employing various methods of empirical research. The aim is to strengthen 3D understanding by combining different scales, materials and disciplines into the contextual framework. The courses deepen student’s ability to reflect on their work in a wider cultural context and conduct experiments in product development. The studies include design projects related to everyday living, functional objects, and unique pieces.

Timing: Minor studies are available through the academic year and its contents are organized annually. Selected students take part in two courses, organized in different study periods, during which they are expected to work full-time.

Structure of the minor

The applicants of the minor must select two courses. As the places on the courses may be limited, the students are recommended to identify also few alternatives to their primary selection. Upon application the applicants are asked to justify their choices in their written study plan. Furthermore, the selected minor contents must be compatible with the student's Personal Study Plan.

The courses are selected from the list below.

Code Name Credits
MUO-E3000 New Materials and Means of Production 10
MUO-E3001 Product Architecture Design 10
MUO-E3019 Form Exploration 10
MUO-E1026 Design-Driven Foresight 10
MUO-E5016 Woodstudio 10
MUO-E5004 Neglected Space 10
MUO-E5006 Identity of Space 10
MUO-E5009 Experimental Design 10
MUO-E5010 Design Exploration and Experimentation 10
MUO-E5011 Material Experimentation and Research 10

Aalto ARTS' Minors guide 2016-17 will be under construction until July 30th.

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