Design, B.A. | Aalto University | Helsinki, Finland
36 months
12000 EUR/year
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The Design programme from Aalto University prepares students for designing future products, services and systems in a creative and critical manner. Design as a concept is no longer linked to purely physical objects but digital experiences and abstract concepts as well, enhancing its power to shape the world. 


Thus, students are given the freedom to define themselves as designers, each finding their own ways of working and direction when exploring problems, developing solutions and forming opportunities. After completing their diverse bachelor studies, students are admitted the right to continue their studies in one of the five Master’s Programmes available.

The Design programme from Aalto University builds on the ethos of Finnish and Scandinavian design: developing solutions that are human-centred, societally relevant and environmentally conscious. Drawing from this Nordic approach to design education, students are encouraged to find their own identities, ways of working and professional niche as designers. Design graduates have:

  • A designer’s view of the world. Graduates are highly context-sensitive, asking what, how, and particularly why, as they propose new directions for how to shape the world around them.
  • Unique and personal designer identities. Graduates carve out their own professional identities and creative ways of working as designers.
  • Comprehensive design toolboxes. Graduates are trained to use contemporary tools, methods and processes for design as well as conduct research in design.
  • Ideation and prototyping skills. Graduates generate strong ideas, are able to bring them into life and materialise their solutions regardless if they are embracing business, cultural or societal problems and opportunities.
  • Expertise and knowledge of design in different areas. Graduates are trained to design creative products, services, systems and the synthesis of all three.
  • Teamwork, co-creation and facilitation skills. Graduates thrive in working with different people, cultures and world views, enabling them to pursue a variety of design careers .
  • Impact consciousness. Graduates are informed about their responsibility to respect sustainability, the environment and social values in their design.

Future 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 programme 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Project 
  • Digital Service Design Project
  • Design Futures 
  • Design and media cultures
  • Strategic Identity and Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Thematic Studio 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 ECTS

180+120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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 one of the following degrees:

  • Finnish matriculation examination
  • International Baccalaureate degree (IB)
  • European Baccalaureate degree (EB)
  • Deutsches Internationales Abitur degree (DIA) or Reifeprüfung degree (RP) in Finland
  • A degree or qualification 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 
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education -degree (AICE)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • If you are a citizen of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you do not have to pay tuition fee.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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