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

- understand  and apply a range of approaches and methods in sustainable fashion and textile field (, sustainable and ethical design, green aesthetics, green business thinking, design for sustainable consumption, critical design, design for recycling, EPR Extended producer responsibility)

- argument own decisions based on sustainability

-construct a conceptual design plan based on theoretical studies and her/his own research.


Credits: 10

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 21.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kirsi Niinimäki, Marium Durrani

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

Associate Professor Kirsi Niinimäki,

Post doctoral researcher Marium Durrani,

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of a serious of lectures, blended learning sessions, an independently completed research assignment, conceptual design work or 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.

    • Orientation for holistic and closed loop thinking
    • Supporting own creative design process with theoretical support
    • Basic research skills
    • Integrating sustainability into creative design work

  • applies in this implementation

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in online lecturers and sessions (including 80% attendance)


    Reflection essays

    Research assignment-WardrobeVoyage

    Design task

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    80 h Virtual teaching

    150h Independent or group work

    5 h Self-evaluation

    35 h Own reflection


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Niinimäki, K. (Ed.) (2014) Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches. Helsinki: Aalto ARTS Books. ISBN: 978-952-5572-5

    Other materials are provided through MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course will be online teaching.

    This course is for master students. No max students. Min 8 students.


    1st priority: Master degree students of Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design programme, in the order or registration

    2nd prioty: Exchange students in FaCT

    3rd priority: Other Master degree students of the Design department

    4th priority: Other Master Students of Aalto University


    Assessment methods and criteria, workload and further information changed by decision of Academic Committee for Arts, Design and Architecture on 25 August, 2020.


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    In WebOodi

  • applies in this implementation

     This is an online course and it will run through zoom except the 16th of September afternoon, when we will have an exhibition round in Helsinki Design Week exhibitions in Väre and Otaniemi.

    Please reserve a quiet place on Tuesdays and Thursdays which also has a good internet connection.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.15-15.30 in zoom. More detailed timetable will be provided in course