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Bachelor's Program in Design

Aalto University
3+2 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Aalto University

Program description

Bachelor's Program in Design

The Bachelor’s program in Design focuses on the expanding nature of design and the work of designers in an increasingly global, networked and service-driven society. During the three years of study, students learn to design with both physical and digital media as well as acquire the skills and knowledge they need to position their work in the broader context of contemporary society and industry. They also learn to engage with commercial and societal challenges and developments in the private, public and cultural sector through the design of products, services and systems.

The program prepares students for further studies in design and media as well as gives them a foundation for pursuing a professional career as a designer. In preparing students for life after graduation, the program assists them in carving out an identity and locating a professional niche for themselves as a designer, either working with clients independently as a design consultant or as a member of a team within a larger organization. Additionally, as future-oriented designers, they are trained to be entrepreneurial and self-directed in their endeavours and to explore opportunities in new and emergent areas of design in academia, industry and the public sector.

Upon graduating from the program, students will be able to:

  • identify and generate material, interactive and speculative responses to future phenomena in society from a reflective design practitioner perspective.
  • recognize and apply emerging tools and practices for design, as well as participate in the construction of new ones.
  • create commercial, public and self-initiated proposals in relation to personal and societal values and evaluate and discuss the broader impact of their work.
  • plan, execute and organize their own professional practice within transdisciplinary conditions with a variety of stakeholders.

Admission requirements

All applicants must fulfill the general eligibility requirements for higher education. You are eligible to apply if you have completed, or will complete during spring 2020, one of the following Programs:

  • Finnish matriculation examination
  • International Baccalaureate degree (IB)
  • European Baccalaureate degree (EB)
  • Deutsches Internationales Abitur degree (DIA) or Reifeprüfung degree (RP) in Finland
  • A degree completed outside Finland that in the awarding country gives eligibility for university studies
  • A Finnish vocational upper secondary qualification, further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification as set in the Vocational Education Act (531/2017)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory courses

1st year

  • Introductory design project
  • Design and media cultures (DoD Joint)
  • Digital design for people
  • Thematic studio I
  • Sustainable design
  • Design impact I

2nd year

  • History of Innovations and Design (DoD Joint)
  • Fashion in Society (DoD Joint)
  • Thematic studio II
  • Design impact II
  • Digital service design project
  • Visual communication for systems thinking
  • Process management for media & design
  • Strategic identity and design
  • Design futures

3rd year

  • Design research
  • Design impact III
  • Bachelor’s thesis
  • Maturity test

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for non-EU/EEA citizens is €12000 per year


Upon completion of the program, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design) degree.

Continuing studies

After completing the Bachelor’s program in Design, students are entitled to continue their studies in one of the following Master’s programs:

  • Collaborative & Industrial Design
  • Creative Sustainability
  • International Design Business Management
  • New Media Design & Production
  • Visual Communication Design

Career opportunities

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture has a long tradition of successfully collaborating with external partners in projects and courses and nurture close relationships with a number of companies and public sector organisations. Companies, nonprofits and public organisations frequently reach out to Aalto University as the leading design school in the Nordic region to work with students on real-world societal problems and business opportunities. A degree from the Bachelor’s program in Design gives graduates a foundation for pursuing a professional career in the private, public, cultural and academic sectors and to explore problems and opportunities with other design professionals in the fields such as:

  • Communication design
  • Digital design
  • Industrial design
  • Interaction design
  • Product design
  • Service design
  • Strategic design
  • Sustainable design

Additionally, as future-oriented designers, graduates are expected to be entrepreneurial and self-directed in their endeavours and explore opportunities in new and emergent areas of design. This can entail working with clients independently as a design consultant, an entrepreneur or as a member of a team within a larger organisation.

Aalto University has well-established career services that help you find employment in Finland and abroad. Aalto students tend to find interesting positions with ease upon graduation. If an academic career is of interest, the bachelor’s program in design prepares for master’s studies that serve as a great basis for doctoral programs.

About this institute

Aalto University

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future....

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Aalto University

Otakaari 1B
02150 Espoo

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