Master of Design is a 120 ECTS programme over two years. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent undergraduate education in design are welcome to apply. The teaching language is English.
This master’s degree allow students to choose between specialisation in service design, interaction design or industrial design. Students choose their own approach to the design field and develop their own unique identities as designers.
AHO’s perspective is that good design creates aesthetic and functional products, services and experiences that delight and improve the lives of people and contribute to a resilient and long-term sustainable future.
The design programme nurtures a designerly attitude of ‘Shaping Futures’ in creative, valuable and responsible ways. It has a broad, holistic approach to design that goes beyond its traditional role, emphasising its relevance and importance within contemporary society. Students who complete this programme are well equipped for a professional career in design. Some students might also choose to pursue an academic career.
The core of the programme is defined by a particular philosophy as regards design methods and processes, aesthetics and communication. Furthermore, AHO emphasises the importance of placing our practice within an ethical, sustainable and critical socio-cultural framework. AHO aims to be at the forefront of the design field and achieves this through a close link between research and education, as well as close collaboration with the industry, private and public sector.
The studies are geared to meet the challenges facing today’s society and addresses how design can contribute to positive change and understanding, solve complex problems and unveil new opportunities. In sum, we educate adaptive, innovative, and communicative design professionals, while developing a broadly integrated approach to design processes, including collaborative skills and tools with which to assimilate multiple stakeholders.
Designers educated at AHO:
- are capable of establishing an independent professional area of work, contribute with original angles of perception and solutions, and practise the discipline at a high international level;
- can develop concepts and solutions through design-related investigation, ideation, collaboration and projects;
- know the unique history of the subject, its position in society and are able to reflect on the subject’s cultural and technological preconditions today and looking forward;
- master the subject’s methods, tools and forms of expression and are able to use these in a targeted, professional and experimental way in creative processes;
- have knowledge and experience of research and development work;
- can communicate values and concepts, facilitate dialogue and interdisciplinary processes by applying a broad spectrum of design methods and tools;
- have the ability to reflect on their own work and transgress their framework of understanding;
- take responsibility for their own professional development and can use their knowledge and skills in new fields;
- can reflect on and position their own professional contribution in relation to ethical issues that arise when practising design;
- are able to take on different professional roles in a reflected manner and demonstrate good cooperation skills when working with other professional groups.