Degree Programme in Design

The degree studies in Design include Textile Design, Interior Architecture and Industrial 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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Further information on the projects and studies within the degree programme can be found in the Design Blog

Contact Information

Merja Kosonen
Head of Degree Programme
merja.kosonen metropolia fi

Contact e-mail: muotoilu metropolia fi

Tuition in Finnish

Tuition in this degree programme is only in Finnish.

We have also six Bachelor's degree programmes and five Master's degree programmes conducted in English. Check the programmes and application instructions

Student Exchange

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