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The degree studies in Design include

  • 3D Animation and Visualisation
  • Digital Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Textile Design
  • Visual Communication Design
  • XR Design

The extent of the Bachelor of Culture and Arts studies is 240 ECTS credits and the studies take four years.

Degree Programme in Design is a leading educator in the field of design. The challenging structural changes, the latest technology of the field and its increasing internationalisation have been taken into consideration in the planning of the education.

Goals of the Degree Programme

The aim of the Degree Programme in Design is to provide the students with versatile skills and know-how for the expert duties in design and for practical assignments in the field. The programme strives for finding innovative solutions to current and future needs and promotes wide use of design in the metropolitan area.

Studies

The studies are focused on materials and form giving, management of production methods as well as on creative problem solving, professional communication, group work and interpersonal skills, economic thinking and management of new technology. The studies also include visual expression, design and professional IT applications. The aims of studies are based on mastering designing, production, design process and visual arts and building the professional identity.

Various work experience projects and working-life connected Bachelor's Thesis strengthen the working life aspect of the studies. Practical training in the companies of the field, whether in Finland or abroad, builds the student's professional identity. Part of the instruction is given in English by the visiting lecturers from other countries. The degree also includes language studies and the possibility to participate in international student exchange programmes.

Exchange

Our degree programme welcomes exchange students every semester. The degree programme is taught in Finnish, but we provide selected courses with support in English. For further information, see the application instructions and the courses available for exchange students.

3D Animation and Visualisation

In 3D animation and visualisation studies the focus is on creating still images, animations, visual effects and real-time graphics using 3D tools. Courses on photography, 2D graphics, traditional art and visual design are also included in the 3D curriculum. The ability to work in 3D environments and the skills in visual storytelling are important in 3D studies.

The different phases in 3D graphics production such as 3D modeling, texturing, creating and rigging 3D characters, creating real-time 3D environments, rendering and compositing are taught making exercises in long and intensive courses that include a lot of teamwork. In many courses, for example in game projects, there are also students from other degree programmes participating in 3D production, simulating a real-life work environment.

After the 3D studies the students are able to work in many areas of visual production, such as in game industry, character animation, creating visual content for VR/AR/XR applications, architectural and product visualisation, vfx industry, scientific visualisation and advertising.

Work done by 3D visualisation students can be viewed at Metropolia 3d game reel.

The Bachelor’s Degree in 3D Animation and Visualisation can be obtained through full-time study in the daytime.

3D Animation and Visualisation teaching takes place in Helsinki Hämeentie 161.

Contact information

Jaro Lehtonen
Senior Lecturer
jaro.lehtonen [at] metropolia.fi

Digital Design

Digital design studies approach the design and production of interactive online services from a variety of perspectives. Online technologies, information architecture, social media concepts and services and interactive functions are key elements of the training.

Upon graduation, the students can find employment in various digital environment expert positions relating, among other things, to online service design, production or project management. The actual work may have to do with the technical solutions of online services, development of social media services, planning of interactive functions or digital media concept and structural planning, for example in a design or communication agency, in companies’ communications departments, in IT companies or the advertising business.

The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish, but some courses will be taught in English in the spring term for the benefit of exchange students.

The teaching takes place in Helsinki Arabia Campus.

Contact information

Tero Marin
Senior Lecturer
tero.marin [at] metropolia.fi

Industrial Design

An industrial designer is a product designer with a comprehensive outlook on design as a part of business operations. The industrial designer possesses skills in theory and practice that are essential to the profession. These include observation of the visual surroundings, communication skills, user-focused problem solving, concept design, materials and manufacturing technology and 3D shape design.

The industrial designer specializes in industrially manufactured serial products that incorporate user-friendly, functional and aesthetic qualities to production and financial values.

The industrial designer can work in product development and design teams with team members of diverse backgrounds, either in the industry or as an entrepreneur.

The teaching takes place in Helsinki Arabia Campus.

Contact Information

Merja Kosonen
Senior Lecturer
merja.kosonen [at] metropolia.fi

Interior Architecture

An interior architect has a wide understanding of the different ways to utilize space as well as the good quality and cultural values of the surroundings. The interior architect masters colour, surface, material and production design. He/she has a good command of the technical and practical methods of the design field, focusing on space, lighting and furniture design.

The work of an interior architect includes designing creative spaces, lighting, furniture and structures. The interior architect commands projects from sketches to implementation plans. He/she works as a special designer in the building trade, working in cooperation with the customer, user, architect and other designers in the building industry.

The interior architect can work in design firms, public construction companies, design and interior decoration businesses and magazines. The interior architect can also work as an entrepreneur.

The teaching takes place in Helsinki Arabia Campus.

Contact Information

Annaleena Lahtinen
Senior Lecturer
annaleena.lahtinen [at] metropolia.fi

 

Textile Design

The degree in Textile Design gives the ability to work in the line of design that emphasizes textiles. In addition to designing textiles, products and various surface materials, the textile designer brands the designs and brings them into production. The designer’s working day can also include sales, marketing and coordinating, or working for a magazine.

When graduating, the designer masters the design skills required in the profession. In addition to being a professional in visual design, the designer has an understanding of overall conception, production design, material and manufacturing technology and marketing of textiles.

The textile designer can work with projects, supervision and design, either in a design company or as an entrepreneur. The professional title can, for example, be one of the following: Designer, Product Developer, Product Manager, Purchasing Agent, Project Salesperson or Interior Design Editor.

The teaching takes place in Helsinki Arabia Campus.

Contact Information

Tiina Karhu
Senior Lecturer
tiina.karhu [at] metropolia.fi

Visual Communications

Visual Communications students study the design of both printed and electronic media. The training consists of theory in visual expression and thinking, information about production processes in the graphic industry, the software used in making them, practical work in arts subjects and applied professional subjects, and basic information about commercial operations.

Students choose to specialize in either Graphic Design or Motion Graphics. In both choices, the student gets the basic skills of graphic design and the ability to design and implement marketing communication.

Upon graduation, the students can find employment in various visual communication positions, for example as graphic designer, art director (AD or junior AD), visual user interface designer, concept artist, illustrator, game artist or designer of business graphics. Workplace may be in design or communication agency, companies’ communications departments, game industry, media companies or in the advertising business.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications can be obtained through full-time study in the daytime. The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish, but some courses will be taught in English in the spring term for the benefit of exchange students.

The teaching takes place in Helsinki Arabia Campus.

Contact information

Katri Myllylä
Senior Lecturer
katri.myllyla [at] metropolia.fi

XR Design

XR Design students stydy interactive AR and VR application design and production using 3D graphics and game engines. Both XR technology and XR content creation are taught. Courses on photography, 2D graphics, traditional art and visual design are also included in curriculum.

After the XR Design studies the students are able to work in many areas of visual and application production, such as product and architectural visualisation, game and simulation production, virtual set design, health technology or science visualisation.
A Bachelor’s Degree in XR Design can be obtained through full-time study in the daytime. The language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish, but some courses will be taught in English in the spring term for the benefit of exchange students.

The teaching takes place in Helsinki Arabia Campus.

Contact Information

Ale Torkkel
Senior Lecturer
ale.torkkel [at] metropolia.fi