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.


Wearable techonology and functional wear course invites students from all around Aalto University to explore tactile ways of interacting with technology through soft materials and innovate new functional wear solutions. The course encourages students to focus on open-minded concept development in functional wear or wearable design through experimental material exploration.

After the course, students are able to conduct an ideation process and concept generation leading towards the creation of wearable prototypes or functional wear prototypes. Students learn the basic skills to implement textile based prototypes with electronic functionality and to create simple algorithms. They also learn functional clothing materials and details as well as manufacturing techniques and policies.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 22.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ilona Hyötyläinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ilona Hyötyläinen, Emmi Pouta, Antti Salovaara

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

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:

    First part of the course consists of initial learning period with lectures, hands-on work and background research leading to ideation. After the first part students can choose either functional wear or wearable technology prototyping path. The second part is the concept creation where the students will create a design concept based on the first part focusing on user needs.  Students who are choosing wearable prototyping will work in multidisciplinary teams. Students working with functional wear can work individually or in pairs.

    Students will learn the basics of how textile techniques can be applied in smart textile development in the context of prototyping wearables and experimental interactive textiles.

    Functional wear part covers topics as ergonomics, and technical and performance requirements in different fields. Students will deepen their design expertise in the field of functional clothing and familiarize with the latest material development.


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Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    80% attendance and completed assignments and final project. Attendance in the introduction is mandatory.

    The work will be evaluated by the following criteria: Activity during the course, concept and originality, use of technology, functionality and user perspective,  aesthetics and form, critical thinking.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    270 h

    80 h Lectures and other contact teaching

    155 h independent work

    35 h Own reflection


Study Material
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Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Contact teaching days

    More detail information is sent by e-mail before course.


    Week 37


    Monday 7.9.

    9.15-12 lectures at zoom


    Tuesday 8.9

    9.15-12 lectures at zoom

    13.15-17 workshop at campus


    Thursday 9.9

    9.15-12 lectures at campus


    Week 38


    Monday 14.9

    9.15-12 lectures at campus


    Tuesday 15.9

    9.15-12 lectures at campus

    13.15-17 workshop at campus


    Thursday 19.9

    9.15-12 lectures at campus

    13.15-17 workshop at campus


    Week 39


    Monday 21.9

    9.15-10.15 lecture, zoom

    10.30-12 lecture, campus


    Tuesday 22.9

    9.15-17 visiting lectures, zoom


    Thursday 24.9

    9.15-12 concept presentations at campus

    13.15-17 tutoring at campus


    Week 40


    Monday 28.9

    9.15-12 tutoring at campus


    Tuesday 29.9

    9.15-17 Lectures at campus


    Thursday 1.10

    9.15-17   tutoring


    Week 41


    Tuesday 6.10

    9.15-17 prototyping at studios


    Thursday 8.10

     9.15-17 prototyping at studios


    week 42


    Tuesday 13.10

    9.15-17 prototyping at studios


    Thursday 15.10

    9.15-17 prototyping at studios


    week 43

    Thursday 22.10

    Final presentations