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Master's Degree Programme in Design
Master of Culture and Arts, 60 ECTS

Muotoilija (ylempi AMK), Master of Culture and Arts

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Merja Kosonen
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Specific admission requirements

All applicants who have a bachelor's degree in Design or other relevant field are qualified to apply.

Additionally, all applicants are required to have two years of work experience in Design or other relevant field, acquired after the completion of the bachelor's degree. The work experience has to be acquired after the date of graduation and before the 31st of July on the year of applying for Master's studies. The university of applied sciences also approves work experience that has been acquired after completing an earlier degree, vocational or bachelor's level, from any field prior to the bachelor's degree that is the basis for the application. Three years of work experience from a relevant field is also required in this case.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

According to the Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences students may apply for identification and accreditation of prior learning as part of their compulsory or optional studies, provided they have prior learning corresponding to the curriculum before the course in question begins.

The students’ prior learning can be recognised in their degree based on certificates or demonstration of skills. In the Degree Programme in Design the transfer of prior learning is always considered on a case-to-case basis.

Qualification requirements and regulations

See the Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia UAS:

Profile of the programme

Degree Programme in Design is a leading educator in the field of design. The programme strives for finding innovative solutions to current and future needs and promotes wide use of design in the metropolitan area.

Key learning outcomes

The Designer (Master's) degree deepens your skills in user-driven product and service design. The graduated professional can apply the methods of design to the development processes and strategic planning of companies and organisations. They can target the professional expertise in design to broader contexts, such as service design, urban design and development of the public sector. The also degree enables professionals in the field to pursue new career paths in the changing job sector.

Occupational profiles of graduates with examples

The Designer (Master's) degree prepares you to work in different specialist, development and managing positions related to design.

- development of companies and organisations
- user-driven product and service design
- planning and managing research and development projects

Access to further studies

- qualified to apply for specialisation studies in a university of applied sciences
- qualified to apply for postgraduate studies in a university

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

According to the Degree Regulations of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences course assessment criteria are specified in the course implementation plan. The teacher in charge of the course will be responsible for the assessment. At the beginning of the course students must be informed on the assessment principles which must be based on the course objectives.

The assessment scale is as follows: excellent (5), very good (4), good (3), very satisfactory (2), satisfactory (1), fail (0) and pass (P). Any deviations of this scale will be decided by the President.

Graduation requirements

To be able to graduate the student has to pass her/his studies according to the curriculum and the general qualification requirements.

Mode of study

The studies are implemented through multiform teaching, which includes contact and online teaching, various information retrieval and analysis tasks and developmental assignments in the job sector.

Level of qualification

Master's Degree

Workplacement(s) and Work-based Learning

The studies are carried out in development and learning projects that are linked to the developmental challenges of the job sector. The master's level degree does not include a traineeship period.

Obligatory or Optional Mobility

The possibility of a student exchange during the Master's degree can be negotiated.