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: 08.01.2024 - 12.02.2024

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):

Emmi Pouta

Kirsi Niinimäki kirsi

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.

  • 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

    Will be provided in the course

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

    MUO-E1044 Knowledge making in fashion and textile 3 credits /Kirsi Niinimäki, Emmi Pouta, Leonardo Hidalgo


    Place: Kandidaattikeskus/Undergraduate center, U7 PWC - U135a Mondays at 13.15-17.00








    Course starts

    How to do the course;

    First task reflective journal

    Kirsi Niinimäki: positioning your MA thesis






    Koskinen, I., & Krogh, P. G. (2015). Design accountability: When design research entangles theory and practice. International Journal of Design, 9(1), 121-127.

    Mäkelä, M. (2016). Personal exploration: Serendipity and intentionality as altering positions in a creative process. Form Akademisk-forskningstidsskrift for design og designdidaktikk, 9(1).



    (13:15-14:15) Practice-led/Practice-based

    textile thinking/prototyping/Emmi



    (14:30-16:30) panel

    + group discussion



    Independent task: divide into groups and select one MA thesis for reading

    Please read these texts before the session and prepare a few questions or topics to discuss with others.


    Nimkulrat, N. (2007). The role of documentation in practice-led research. Journal of Research Practice, 3(1), Article M6.


    Julia Valle-Noronha, ‘The body within the clothes‘, RUUKKU - Studies in Artistic Research, 10 (2019)




    Kirsi Niinimäki:

    User centered approach

    Participatory design



    Marium Durrani


    Please select one text from the following and read it before the session and prepare to discuss this topic


    Hirscher, A. & Niinimäki, K. (2013) Fashion Activism through Participatory Design, Crafting the future conference. 10th European Academy of Design Conferences 17-19 April, 2013. University of the Gothenburg, Sweden.


    Brent Luvaas (2018) Introduction: Anthropology, Street Style, Bloomsbury Academic



    Information retrieval (13:15-16) Väre/R102


    Group task guidelines (16-17)

    MA thesis guidelines


    Reflective journal deadline 26.1.



    Visual retrieval (13:15-15)



    Presentation of group tasks (15:15-17)




    Kirsi Niinimäki: Positioning your own interest in MA thesis

    Discussion on the pre-reading (Kirsi)

    Feedback from reflective journals (Emmi)


    Please read this text before the session.

    Clemens Thornquist (2014) Basic Research in Art: Foundational Problems in Fashion Design Explored through the Art Itself, Fashion Practice, 6:1, 37-57.



    Reflective journal. Deadline 26.1.

    Group task: analyzing one MA thesis. Presentations on 5.2.

    Active participation to group discussions

    Short reflective text: positioning own MA thesis work. Deadline 19.2.