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 theoretical perspectives (including economic, cultural, social and environmental)  
  • Communicate the value of design in relation to their own work and future opportunities for design based on research, writing and visual communication 
  • Use Indesign to create visual concepts using fonts, grids and illustrative elements  
  • Understand the differences between digital and printed publications 
  • Work as an editorial team to design and produce a printed publication
  • Organize an event with multiple stakeholders  

Credits: 6

Schedule: 20.04.2022 - 03.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

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:

    Design Impact II is the culmination of the second year of the Bachelor’s Program in Design. Running in tandem with Design Impact I and Design Impact III, this course brings together first, second- and third-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 theories and perspectives on the value of design and learn to situate their work within larger value systems. Visual communication and group discussions form central modes for learning in this course. Teams produce a publication that contextualizes and critiques their work from the past year, while engaging readers in discussions about future opportunities for design. Students also organize an event that facilitates collaboration between first, second-, and third-year students. Together, they will explore themes for the following academic year, including directions for Thematic Studio I and II as well as their thesis projects. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    The total workload for the course amounts to 162 hours (I ECTS credits = 27 hours).

    • Contact teaching 60 hours
    • Final presentations and event 7 hours
    • Individual and group work 78 hours
    • Personal reflection 16 hours
    • Giving course feedback 1 hour



Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Only open for major students in English-medium BA programme in Design. 

    The course is organized with 26 study places in 2022/2023 and 42 study places in 2023/2024.

    A minimum of 15 students are required for running the course. 

    Registration for courses: Sisu.

    Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture,