Credits: 10

Schedule: 26.10.2015 - 11.12.2015

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Anna van der Lei

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

 After completing the course students:

  • have a deeper understanding of the experimental design process and capability to see the advantages of it
  • have learnt new, experimental working methods that can be utilized in their later work
  • have the ability to execute a complex experimental project from ideation to finalisation and presentation
  • can structure their creative process more efficiently and produce broader array of ideas 
  • understand the needs and demands of the corporate field from the design perspective
  • have gained the ability to reflect on their own work and process and present it to stakeholders



Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course follows a pre-determined and changing topic that establishes the frame inside which the students work. Each time a different corporate partner is involved determining the characteristics of the introduced course case. The first part of the course is done more collectively, with students generating ideas and materials on which every student can continue their individual work later on the course. All the findings are documented with the aid of varying media. Here students are encouraged towards an experimental approach, re-thinking about the possibilities, processes and materials not forgetting the case in hand. The second part of the course is done individually where each student continues on the earlier findings developing them into novel artefact, let it be an object or a film. Students are taught to see design and outcomes from a design process in broader way to cater the divergent needs of possible clients, in this case the corporate partner and the course case. Students will conceptualise their work and learn how to translate an experiment into a novel outcome.


Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Documentation and content of material design process and hands-on experimentations both in individual level and in group context; visual and verbal communication skills. Passing the course requires attending 80% of the contact sessions: lectures, excursions, group meetings and feedback discussions.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching including lectures, group discussions, assignments and presentations 80 h

Independent work including literature study, writing assignments and studio/Lab work 160 h

Personal reflection 30 h


Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Sonneveld, Marieke & Schifferstein, Hendrick. (2008). The tactual experience of objects. In Hendrik Schifferstein & Paul Hekkert (eds.) Product Experience. 41-67.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic skills in prototyping and visual presentation techniques.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Priority to Contemporary Design students and Product and Spatial Design students who have this course accepted in their personal study plan.

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.


Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Number of participants: max. 16 students. Please notice that the enrollment time ends two weeks before the course starts. The acceptance will be informed to all applicants one week before the start of the module.