Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.04.2018 - 15.05.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Kirsi Niinimäki

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

V (2018)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The student learns to understand a range of approaches and methods in sustainable fashion and textile field. S/he becomes familiar with different viewpoints of sustainability like eco-design, sustainable and ethical design, green aesthetics, green business thinking, design for sustainable consumption, critical design and design for recycling in fashion and textile context. Furthermore holistic understanding of sustainability will be provided through cradle-to-cradle approach, systems thinking and textile and fashion in closed loop and circular economy context.

The student gets introduction and hands-on experience to applying some of sustainable design method in her/his own creative work. The student is able to construct a conceptual design plan based on theoretical studies and her/his own research and implement this concept as creative fashion or textile design case or prototype.

The students learn to understand the wideness and many layers of sustainability and narrow or holistic approaches into it.  They understand designer’s role in sustainability and how to make a transformation towards sustainability. The students earn theoretical foundation for their own creative practice and are encouraged to use their creative design skills for problem solving. Design work is important part of the course to express the sustainable statement.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course consists of a serious of lectures, blended learning sessions, an independently completed research assignment, conceptual design work and creative practice-based design part.

Each student chooses and constructs own approach to sustainability and applies some research method to collect information as a background for creative work. Based on collected material and data, conceptual design is constructed and implemented in creative hands-on design work.

  • Basics from sustainability in fashion and textile sector
  • Orientation for holistic and closed loop thinking
  • Supporting own creative design process with theoretical support
  • Basic research skills
  • Creative design work

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Evaluation: Research assignment. Design work. Participating in lectures and tutoring sessions.

Assessment methods and criteria:
1. Lectures, blended learning sessions (80% participation) and tasks
2. Design exercises, documenting and reporting

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In 2017-2018 the course is offered only as 5 cr.

5 cr -10 cr= 135-270 h
The course consists of theoretical studies 5cr or theoretical and practice-based design part 10cr

  • Theoretical: Lectures/Virtual teaching 30h + independent work 100h=130h
  • Creative design part, tutoring sessions 40h + independent work 90h=130h
  • Self-evaluation 5+5h=10h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Niinimäki, K. (Ed.) (2014) Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches. Helsinki: Aalto ARTS Books. ISBN: 978-952-5572-5 https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/13769

Additional material will be announced at the beginning of the course

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

No pre knowledge is required for admission to the course. Yet the course MUO-E8005 Sustainable Product and Service Design Theory would give good theoretical grounding for this course and can be recommended to study before this course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0-5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

in weboodi

 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.

 

Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Part of the course will be blended learning

This course is for master students. Max 25 students

1st priority: Master’s degree students of Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design programme, in the order or registration
2nd priority: Other Master’s degree students of the Design department
3rd  priority: Other Master’s Students of Aalto University

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