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Master's Program in Collaborative and Industrial Design

Aalto University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Aalto University

About this program

Master's Program in Collaborative and Industrial Design

The Master’s program in Collaborative and Industrial Design (CoID) focuses on design's role in society. It provides skills to work as design entrepreneurs and in a range of roles within industry, business, communities, education and the government. The program extends industrial design into interaction design, service design, co-design and other emerging fields in which design activities can enhance the quality of the environment and people’s life. Students learn empathic, critical, strategic and technical skills needed in design innovation processes. They are also encouraged to explore novel roles in design industry.

The CoID program perceives design as a human-centred and multidisciplinary collaborative activity. It provides its students creative skills in problem-setting, problem-solving, and teamwork. Over the duration of the programme, students develop an understanding of design in relation to contemporary culture and to the innovation system, be it local or global, private or public. The students achieve an ability to design, lead design work, and collaborate with non-designers, and thus gain the skills to shape change in contemporary communities and companies.

Students are trained in concept design, co-design, service 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 and to argue for and test their design ideas through research. They learn strategic design skills needed in entrepreneurship and to manage innovation in business settings, as well as co-design skills to manage social innovation in organisations and the public sector.

The CoID program fosters students’ skills in designing, communicating, writing and visualizing. Students gain an understanding of design research methods and learn to apply them in academic, societal and business contexts. The program provides the students with skills needed to continue in doctoral studies. These include skills in academic research and analysis of information, in applying these in ill-structured and ambiguous design and research tasks, and in reporting their findings rigorously.

Admission requirements

The program seeks students with skills to develop processes and structures, to create innovative design solutions both individually and in team settings, with personal and artistic insightfulness, ideation skill, and goal-orientation and motivation.

Eligible applicants for the program have earned a Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design) or completed equivalent studies.

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

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Program content

Joint Studies of the Department of Design

These are compulsory for all CoID MA-students.

  • Design and Culture
  • Design Research
  • Thesis seminar

Compulsory major studies

These are compulsory for all CoID MA-students:

  • Product Architecture Design
  • User Inspired Design Knowing L
  • User Inspired Design Making
  • Design Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Maturity Test

Optional Major studies: Collaborative and Industrial Design Competence Areas

CoID MA-degree students choose optional courses or projects from the competence area offerings.

  • Advanced Industrial Design
    • New Materials and Means of Production
    • Product and Form I (course offered by the MA program for Contemporary Design)
    • Designing Interactions
  • Collaborative Design
    • Strategic Co-Design L
    • Designing for Services
    • Evaluating Interactions
  • Design Strategy and Leadership
    • Design Strategy and Leadership

Optional Major Studies: Studies with Varying and Personalized Content

These studies can also be used as part of the elective studies

  • Internship and Work-Life Experience
  • Workshop with varying content (implemented 4 times during the study year)
  • Project Module

Scholarships & funding

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


For non-EU/EEA citizens: €15000/year


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

Continuing studies

The program prepares its graduates also for careers in corporate design research and for doctoral studies.

Career paths

Graduates develop abilities to work in design industry and to create and apply design-driven understanding to answer to the challenges of today and tomorrow. Career opportunities vary from entrepreneurship to expert tasks in public organisations and in international business tackling contemporary problems at a global scale.

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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