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.


After successfully completing this course, students should be able to develop concepts and solidify their personal projects through explorative and creative approaches. They develop an understanding of how to use textile materials and techniques as a form of expression. Students learn how to manage creative processes resulting in innovative products and collections and recognize the new opportunities in the field of textiles related to neighbouring disciplines. Students that have participated in Studio Courses gain technical knowledge and understanding of textile techniquesand development in basics of knits and knitwear, printed fabrics and/or woven fabrics. ARTs students that have taken part in ENGARTs project, gain basic understanding of novel possibilities of combining science and technology with textile design practices through interdisciplinary and collaborative work with Engineering students. Engineering students understand creative practices in the field of fashion and textile design.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 03.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Maarit Salolainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Oldouz Moslemian, Maarit Salolainen

Contact information for the course (valid 23.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Oldouz Moslemian

Maarit Salolainen 

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:

    Students are familiarised with traditional, novel, and experimental textile materials and production methods. Students explore the traditional and/or explorative methods and manufacturing processes of textile materials and use them as a starting point for their personal projects. The course takes a practice-led approach to design based on literature and students’ personal research. Students can experiment with variety of techniques such as experimental embroidery, 3Dprinting, and laser cutting. Students without prior knowledge of textile techniques learn the basics of knits and knitwear, printed fabrics, and/or woven fabrics within the integrated basic studio courses. The ARTs students with previous knowledge of textile techniques can take part in the multidisciplinary ENGARTs project within the course. ENGARTs Project is conducted in collaboration with engineering students, in which the teams explore innovative methods of combining technology and textile techniques.

    The scope of the course is 10 cr, which can partially include 1 to 2 Studio Courses and/or ENGARTs Project based on student’s Personal Study Plan. Refer to “further information” for clarification.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This year, due to covid19 restrictions, the course is not open to students from Aalto School of Engineering. The ENGARTs Project is conducted in collaboration and under the guidance and facilitation by the department of Mechanical Engineering staff .

    The course will be held in hybrid mode, combining contact teaching and online lectures. Due to the nature of the learning content and teaching methods, contact teaching is necessary. For FaCT 1st year students unable to attend contact teaching due to travelling restrictions during the pandemic, special arrangements can be made.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The students work is assessed based on: 1) Each student’s individual development and progress in their personal projects. 2) Creative approaches and learning curve. 3) Student’s activity and participation in the course, 4) Presentations and final results

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    10 ECTS = 270 h
    80 h Lectures, independent and group tutoring
    10 h Critiques
    150 h Independent work
    35 h Own reflection


Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In WebOodi- Max 18 students,


    1. Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design students MA (based on personal study plan - HOPS)
    2. Exchange students in Fashion or Design or in FaCT
    3. Students from other fields based on approval by Professor

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Due to workload weight and scheduling conflicts, simultaneous participation in Knits and Knitwear Studio and Woven Fabrics Studio is not possible.

    Due to the pandemic the course is restricted to max 20 students. Priority as mentioned above. 

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Maximum number of students in 2020-21 course implementation changed by decision of vice dean Rasmus Vuori.

    Studio courses within Experimental Textile Design-course: participation in the studio courses should be approved by the professor during the Personal Study Plan meetings. After the approval student should register to the Studio Courses: Printed Fabrics Studio, Knits and Knitwear Studio, Woven Fabrics Studio or Textile Collection: Processes and Finishings -courses separately.

    Important note: only 1 or 2 studio courses can be integrated to Experimental Textile Design Course. Due to workload weight and scheduling conflicts, simultaneous participation in Knits and Knitwear Studio and Woven Fabrics Studio is not possible.

    Participation in the ENGARTs Project is also determined during the Personal Study Plan sessions and/or upon approval by the professor.

    Important Note: The course requires students full time commitment in this module.

    Attendance Policy: 80% required

    Mandatory Sessions: Lectures, Tutoring sessions, Mid-term critique, Final Critique

    Status of the course, content, registration for course and further information changed by decision of Academic Committee for Arts, Design and Architecture on 25 August, 2020.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Due to workload weight and scheduling conflicts, simultaneous participation in Knits and Knitwear Studio and Woven Fabrics Studio is not possible.

    Due to the pandemic the course is restricted to max 20 students. Priority as mentioned above.