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Bachelor's Degree Programme in Design (2014, 2015, 2016), Muotoilija (AMK): 240 ECTS
Bachelor of Culture and Arts

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Degree title and level

Bachelor of Culture and Arts

Study objectives

The Design degree programme provides students with the knowledge and skills for work in design agencies, expert and development tasks, industry, or through self-employment.

The studies in design are implemented in an interesting operational environment, in which a creative community and a community spirit play a major role. The facilities and equipment of the Institute of Design and Fine Arts enable the provision of a versatile and up-to-date education, which is closely linked to the working world. Our top graduates are closely involved in the development and implementation of teaching, and carrying out various working-life projects.

Study contents

Students learn the knowledge and skills required in the designer's profession, mainly through various hands-on design projects. The design projects are often commissioned directly by our business partners, enabling students to become familiar with the processes and operational models of the industry while studying.

Programme contents include, for example, the management of design processes, design thinking, service design, design theories, user orientation and usability, environmental expertise, strategic design, product development expertise, and visualisation, model-building and material knowledge.

The multi-disciplinary learning environment and related equipment provide students with an opportunity to develop their expertise and working methods according to their interests. In addition to studies in their major subjects, students can add professional competencies to their profile by taking complementary competencies courses. Through personal tutoring, each student is guided to develop their own strengths, so as to make their competencies competitive in the labour market of the future.

Where applicable, students can add competencies to their professional profile, and improve their differentiation in the job market, by spending an exchange period in the third year of study at one of our partner educational institutions abroad. In the last year of study, students have the opportunity to further strengthen their identities as designers through their choice of thesis topic.

Structure of studies

The scope of the Bachelor of Culture and Arts (Design) degree is 240 ECTS credits, including core and complementary competencies courses. Core competencies consist of basic studies, professional studies, professional practice and the thesis, providing students with the basic skills and professional expertise required by the degree. Complementary competencies studies, consisting of other professional and elective courses of the student’s choice, allow students to broaden and specify their competencies according to their interests.

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization *www

Students choose their major subject when applying for admission.

More about the language of instruction *www

The main language of teaching for the degree is Finnish. Some of the courses are offered in English, and some of the teaching materials are in English.


The thesis (15 ECTS) is a supervised design project or a body of work carried out independently or collaboratively. Its aim is to improve the student's professional skills and contribute to the field in general. The thesis always includes a written report. A good thesis should demonstrate professional maturity, good management of working methods and personal expression, and an analytical approach to personal work performance.


The international activities of the Institute of Design and Fine Arts include student and teacher exchanges with partner educational institutions, international projects, and visits to exhibitions, fairs and workshops abroad. Internationality is naturally present in nearly all the activities of the institute.

Co-operation with other parties

Business cooperation is a key part of the studies. The institute cooperates with businesses and public organisations by carrying out supervised projects, development initiatives and different assignments that provide students with working-life skills and professional contacts. Graduates are important cooperation partners in the activities of the institute, in both teaching and projects. In Finland, the institute cooperates, for example, with the Aalto University, and, internationally, with its extensive network of higher education institutions.

Research focus

The focus areas in teaching-related research and development activities at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences are Design, Smart industry, Welfare and reformative growth and Clean and dynamic environment.

Career opportunities

Thanks to the institute's close connections with the business world, graduates have good job opportunities. Graduates often find their first job through contacts made while studying.

Postrgraduate study opportunities *www

The Bachelor of Culture and Arts (Design) degree provides opportunities to seek further studies in design, including several Master's degree programmes at universities and polytechnics, in Finland and abroad. Graduates from the Bachelor of Culture and Arts (Design) degree programme at the Institute of Design and Fine Arts have continued their studies, for example, on the Master's degree programme at the Institute of Design and Fine Arts, or at other higher education institutions that offer Master's degree programmes in design.