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.


To deepen doctoral student's competency in a design research related thematic area.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 05.06.2023 - 09.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Guy Julier

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:

    Department of Design Thematic Research Seminar addresses annually varying methodological and/or theoretical themes of design research. It gives knowledge and hands-on experience in the chosen focus area and deals with good skills and practices in academic discourse and argumentation. Thematic seminar is organized as a one-week intensive workshop consisting of presentations, reading academic texts, assignments, demonstrations and experimentations. It typically requires preparatory work and associated readings.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Attendance and participation.

    Undertaking and presenting assignments as given.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:



    Lectures:  15 hrs

    Seminars:  15 hrs

    Time to think:  10 hrs

    Independent study:  46 hrs


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be announced in the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum number of participants: 10
    Max 25 students, priority to 1st and 2nd year department of design doctoral candidates

    The course can be substituted by design reserach relevant doctoral summer schools and similar seminars organized by other schools or academic institutions.

    Department of Design Thematic Seminar teachers propose seminars to the dept. Head, Head of Research and Head of Education for approval to run this course. 

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Summer

    2021-2022 Summer

    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:


    Minimum:  10 students

    Maximum:  25 students