Creative Sustainability, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (schedule IELTS)
    Language
University rank #137 (QS) ,
The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. This Creative Sustainability programme is offered by Aalto University.

About

Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education.

This Creative Sustainability programme is offered by Aalto University.

Creative Sustainability programme provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, built environment, business, design and real estate for dealing with the significant sustainability challenges, such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty, social and economic inequality, and adaptation to rapid global socio-economic changes.

CS programme brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams that increases understanding of different backgrounds and offers students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines. CS students will graduate with degrees of Master of Arts. CS Programme is also offered as minor subject studies to the students of Aalto University.

Learning outcomes

Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.

Systems approach: Students learn to implement systemic thinking into problem solving and design tasks that creates new holistic understanding of complex situations and critical infrastructures in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.

Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem solving methods and tools in facilitating dialogs, defining problems, generating ideas and obtaining solutions.

Sustainability management: Students learn to develop new approaches for creating sustainable business models and to advance business ethics and corporate responsibility. Students also gain understanding of the way that different organizational forms support the pursuits in sustainability.

Project management: Students learn to manage multidisciplinary teamwork, and to promote sustainability in culturally versatile organizational environments.

Career prospects

CS studies prepare the students to work as sustainability experts in organizations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. These include the private and public sectors as well as a wide range of NGO´s. The student can develop expertise in different professional profiles which vary from research skills to the practical skills of management, leadership and design in different environments.

Design confronts new challenges in innovating for sustainable development. The CS programme teaches skills to meet these challenges through specialization and interdisciplinary work, while students simultaneously fulfill criteria for professional design. Graduates from CS programme are attractive targets for progressive local and international employers as well as prepared for independent entrepreneurial activity.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Introduction
  • Design and Culture
  • Design research
  • Thesis seminar
  • Personal project/project
  • Personal project/seminar
  • Creative Teamwork
  • Knowledge-Making for Sustainability
  • State of the World and Development
  • Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living Environment
  • CAPSTONE in Creative Sustainability
  • Sustainable Business & Consumption
For more information, please visit programme website.

                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                • Programme intensity Full-time
                                  • Full-time duration 24 months
                                • Credits
                                  120 ECTS
                                • Languages
                                  • English
                                • Delivery mode
                                  On Campus

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                                English Language Requirements

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                                  6.5

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                                  180

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                                Admission procedure

                                Students are granted admission to the programme through a two-phase process. In the first phase students are evaluated based on the application as a whole, including portfolio, previous studies, CV and letter of motivation. In the second phase, the most suitable applicants are invited for an interview, from which a smaller subset of applicants is offered a study place.

                                Applicants accepted to the programme may be required to take supplementary studies.

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International Applies to you

                                  15000 EUR/year
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                                  Based on the original amount of 15000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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                                  Free
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                                Living costs for Helsinki

                                • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
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