Credits: 10

Schedule: 16.04.2019 - 23.05.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


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 and EPR in fashion and textile 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 earn theoretical foundation for their own creative practice and are encouraged to use their creative design skills for problem solving.


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.

  • 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): 

60 h Lectures/Virtual teaching  

130h ndependent or group work 90h

40 h Creative design part

5 h Self-evaluation

35 h Own reflection

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

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

No pre knowledge is required for admission to the course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In WebOodi

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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