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 successful completion, student is able to:

-understand different forms of research-based knowledge and concepts that are used in support of fashion and textile design processes

-understand and explain the role of research-based knowledge in the creative process (e.g. in data collection, documentation, and reflexive self-evaluation)

-show ability to use research-based knowledge in their own design practice

-undertake design research to build knowledge to support and justify the practical work, and to possibly apply for education leading to a Doctor of Arts degree. 


Credits: 3

Schedule: 09.01.2023 - 13.02.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kirsi Niinimäki

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

Associate Professor Kirsi Niinimäki,

Doctoral Researcher, Course assistant Leonardo Hidalgo,

Doctoral Researcher, Course assistant Emmi Pouta,

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 lectures, readings, discussion sessions and own reflections on research through design approach in the fashion and textile field. Research through design, practice-based, constructive design research, design ethnography and user-centered research approaches will be presented. Student will also rehearse how to do reflective writing.

    • Overview of different forms of research-based knowledge in fashion and textiles and especially in MA thesis work in FaCT
    • Understand the research through design approach and how to use it in MA thesis work
    • Basics for information and visual retrieval and use of references

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Passing the course requires attending contact teaching sessions and completion of all individual and group assignments. Introductory session is mandatory.

  • applies in this implementation

    Active participation in the classroom is expected.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    3 cr = 81 h in total. 80% attendance in contact teaching is mandatory.

    27 h Contact teaching

    43 h Independent work

    10 h Personal reflection

    1 h Course Evaluation


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    Course material will be provided in MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Registration in Sisu. Min. 5 students, max. 40 students. Only for FaCT major students.

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

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Place: Kandidaattikeskus/Undergraduate center, U7 PWC - U135a except 16.1. and 23.1

    Mondays at 13.15-17.00

    9.1. Starting the course

    16.1. Information retrieval, R 102, Väre

    23.1. Visual retrieval, R 102, Väre

    30.1. Practice-led/Practice-based approach

    6.2. User-centered approach

    13.2. Positioning your Master thesis

    Task deadlines;  

    Reflective journal deadline 8.2.

    Plan to positioning Master thesis 17.2.