Contemporary Design – Design, Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Study Discipline: Arts & Humanities
Study Programme Details
City: Otaniemi
Country: Finland
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


24 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Discover the limitless possibilities of design in the Master of Arts in Contemporary Design program. Delve into questions that shape our evolving world: What innovative materials can replace plastic? How can traditional craftsmanship intersect with modern design? Addressing tangible, real-world needs, this program empowers students not only to build creative and professional confidence but also to transcend conventional boundaries, fostering an experimental design mindset.


Contemporary Design (CoDe) stands at the forefront of the Master’s Programme in Design, alongside Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design (FaCT) and Collaborative and Industrial Design (CoID). This two-year program culminates in a Master of Arts degree in Design, offering a rich tapestry of exploration. CoDe collaborates seamlessly with the Master’s programs in Creative Sustainability (CS) and International Design Business Management (IDBM). Embrace a transformative journey where graduates emerge as visionaries, armed with a profound understanding of design’s impact on contemporary society.

Admission Requirements

  • The bachelor’s degree must be equivalent to 180 ECTS credits or three years of full-time study.
  • The degree must give eligibility to apply for master’s degree studies at university in the awarding country.
    IELTS Academic: overall score 6.5, and writing score 5.5.
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test): 92, and 22 for Writing
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): 62, and 54 for Writing

Overall, the Master’s Programme in Design – Contemporary Design comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. Main compulsory studies are selected from the major’s study offering. Students will also participate in joint studies of the Department of Design (12 ECTS) and will produce a thesis project around a design subject (30 ECTS). In addition, students choose elective studies according to their Personal Study Plan.

15 000 euros per academic year.

Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of the Contemporary Design program can anticipate diverse career outcomes, ranging from Sustainable Product Designers and Innovation Strategists to Experience Design Consultants and Materials Innovation Specialists. The program sets the stage for a dynamic future, where design and innovation intersect to shape a changing society.

Visa Requirements:

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