What is design, how to design and how to practically further
the work practices of designers and design students are long-standing
questions for theory and method development in design. They also form the
central questions through which we will explore the concept of design and the
professional realm of designers’ work in the Design Theory & Methodology course. Throughout the course, you
will be introduced to fundamentals concepts and ideas on design and designing in
design literature. You will also learn to use theory to more consciously analyze
and reflect on your own work practices when designing.
The professional realm of designers’ work is inherently
broad, covering everything from arts and crafts to engineering design to
advertising and marketing to creative work in development processes more
generally. It is also in a state of constant transition and development as designers seek
opportunities - and the skills of designers are requested - in new areas.
end of the course, we hope that you will have broadened your view on design as
well as acquired analytical tools to analyze the scope of design in different
areas. We also hope that you will have acquired the analytical tools needed to
better profit from academic literature when designing and shaping your
continued studies in design at Aalto University.
The course is mandatory for all bachelor students in the
Department of Design. It runs throughout the first study period of the Autumn semester
with weekly contact sessions on Friday mornings between 9.15 and 12.00. The contact
sessions are supported by weekly readings and project work which you are asked
to complete individually and in smaller groups of students.
Students must attend and display active participation in at
least 80 percent of the contact sessions to receive a grade in the course.
Participation in the introduction lecture and final presentation is mandatory.