Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


At the end of the course, students should be able to:  

  • Explain the value of design from different perspectives
  • Reflect on their own design work in the context of current events and value systems
  • Identify current and emerging design challenges
  • Generate a story around their work and document it in the design and production of a printed publication
  • Plan and run an event that facilitates collaboration

Credits: 6

Schedule: 19.04.2021 - 04.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Elise Hodson, Penni Osipow

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Elise Hodson, Penni Osipow

Contact information for the course (valid 18.03.2021-21.12.2112):

Elise Hodson -

Päivi Häikiö -

Penni Osipow -

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Design Impact II is the culmination of the second year of the Bachelor’s Program in Design. Running in tandem with Design Impact I, this course brings together first and second-year students to critically reflect on and communicate their accomplishments, and to identify emerging themes for design in the 21st century. 


    Students are introduced to different perspectives of the value of design and learn to situate their work within larger value systems. They consider how the theme(s) established at the end of last year have developed in their work and in relation to contemporary global and local issues.


    A major focus of this course is visual communication and storytelling. Teams produce publications that contextualize and critique their work from the past year, while engaging readers in discussions about future challenges for design.


    Finally, students create an event that facilitates collaboration between first, second-, and third-year students. Together, they will determine themes for the following academic year, including potential directions for Thematic Studio I and II as well as their thesis projects.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The final grade for the course is based on assignments that students execute both individually and in groups throughout the course.  Students must attend and display active participation in at least 80% of the contact teachings (lectures, workshops, etc.). Participation in the final event in week 7 is mandatory.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The total workload for the course amounts to 164 hours (I ECTS credits = 27.3 hours). 

    - Contact teaching 60 hours

    - Final presentations and event 7 hours

    - Individual and group work 77 hours

    - Personal reflection 20 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A reading list is provided at the beginning of the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students should have completed ARTX-C1005 Design impact I prior to taking the course. 


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course runs for 7 weeks: 19.04.21 - 04.06.21

    The course is delivered online with the exception of scheduled times in the print lab. 

    Conditions permitting, the final event on Friday June 4 will take place in person.

    Weeks 1 to 6

    Mondays with Elise - 9:15 - 12:00

    Wednesdays with Päivi and teaching assistant 9:15 - 16:00

    Wednesdays review with Päivi and Elise 16:00 - 17:00

    Week 7

    Printing date to be confirmed

    Friday final event 9:15 - 17:00