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Collaborative and Industrial Design

Aalto University

24 months
15000 EUR/year
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The Collaborative and Industrial Design programme from Aalto University focuses on the role of design in society, and prepares you to work as a design entrepreneur and in a range of roles within industry, business, communities, education and the government. 


The students in the major of Collaborative and Industrial Design (CoID) focus on design's role in society. Students develop skills enabling them to work as design entrepreneurs and innovators in a range of roles within industry, business, communities, education, and public sector. 

The studies extend industrial design into interaction design, service design, co-design, and other emerging fields where design activities can enhance the quality of the environment and people’s lives. Students learn empathic, critical, strategic, and technical competencies and capabilities needed in design innovation processes. They are also encouraged to explore novel roles in design and industry. 

Over the duration of the Collaborative and Industrial Design programme from Aalto University, students will develop an understanding of design in relation to innovation and contemporary culture, be it local or global, private or public. The students will also develop an extensive ability to design, lead design projects, and collaborate with designers and non-designers, and thus become able to shape change in communities and companies. 

Career opportunities

Focusing on design innovation, CoID provides students an in-depth understanding of design’s role in society with advanced skills to work as designers as well as design and thought leaders in various business domains, as entrepreneurs or as innovators in the private or public sector. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The first study period is reserved for grounding the students with principles of human-centered design. 
  • After this, the study paths become more personal, while a course of interaction design to kick off the Spring semester of the first year is mandatory, independent of the path. 
  • The programme provides latitude to select courses from within, or outside the curriculum, to enable tailoring of one’s studies. Some department-level joint studies bring the students of different MA programmes together, for example to focus on Design Research.
  • During the second year, the thesis project is developed initially in parallel with the course work, and in the Spring often full time. 
  • It enables portraying the ability of the student to perform an individual study or project, while most of the projects on courses are team-based and collaborative in nature.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.
  • Motivation Letter. The lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application. (Critical)
  • In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their designerly insights and skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous scientific, professional and/or design projects.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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