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.


Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  • Discuss the implications of epistemological and methodological decisions on research outcomes
  • Explain the relationships between design practice, research-driven exploratory design and academic design research;
  • Select and apply design research methods suitable for a variety of design research tasks

Credits: 4

Schedule: 23.08.2021 - 03.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Teija Vainio

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:

    In this course, students learn to understand a range of various relationships between design practice, research-driven exploratory design and academic research. They become familiar with different orientations within design research and gain basic knowledge to independently deepen their competence. Orientations include human-centred design, practice-led design research, design management and leadership-related research, design-driven applied research on materials and production techniques, and design for sustainability. Students also get an introduction to general epistemological and methodological frameworks commonly used in design research. Following this theoretical introduction, students experientially learn using a selection of design research methods relevant to their field of inquiry and masters project.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    For normal pathway: online videos and reading materials are provided in MyCourses.


    For DIY pathway the mandatory coursebook is:

    Muratovski, G. (2016). Research for Designers. Sage.

    Additional reading materials are provided in MyCourses.

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