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Spatial Design

Bachelor’s Degree in Design, Pietarsaari (Jakobstad)

As of autumn 2010, the Design degree programme took on an entirely new form where you now can choose between Spatial Design and Graphic Design. The programme, which will give you a Bachelor’s Degree in Design, comprises 240 credits and takes 4 years to complete.

Studying spatial design will provide you with knowledge of the various functions of the room, its shape, materials, lighting, and colouring and decoration of surfaces. You will develop your creativity in planning spatial and interior design.

The studies include theoretical subjects as well as practical assignments in which drawing, composition and three-dimensional imaging are important tools. As a student you will participate in collaboration projects with the professional trade or in-school projects. The projects can be of public or private character. The focus will rest on human needs and comfort.

During your studies you will learn how to use the various workshops of the school, where you can realise and experiment with products for different needs of the room, such as pieces of furniture and other items of interior decoration, printed textiles etc.

The design process often starts with the development of an idea, followed by sketching and model construction.

During your studies your products will be presented at various design fairs or exhibitions.

Even as a student it is essential to start creating contacts to the labour market, which is why we emphasise the importance of interpersonal communication, that is, communication between orderer, producer and user. You will learn how to present your ideas visually, orally and in writing.

In the design programme we also emphasise our familiar atmosphere and place great importance on individual tutoring for every student.

Finding work after graduation

When you have achieved your Bachelor’s Degree in Design, you can work as private entrepreneur or freelancer, in an architect or interior design company or within the design industry. Your job will usually be very varied and always entails cooperation with people and their requests. You might be planning and decorating private as well as public spaces or temporary rooms such as scenic design projects, fair booths and exhibitions. You will be able to provide design services and creative, visual solutions in different contexts.

Portfolio method

The portfolio method will be used throughout your studies as a learning support. Study material is collected in portfolios and used for general assessment, individual tutoring and as an evaluation tool for the work process as well as for your own projects.

Work placement

Work placements are usually in Finland but students have also had work placements in Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, the UK, New Zealand and the US. During this practical experience period you will work together with individual professionals of the trade or within a design company. The work placements comprise 30 credits, or approximately 20 working weeks.

International collaboration

During your studies you will have the opportunity to study abroad for a certain period of time. Novia University of Applied Sciences has cooperation agreements with universities and polytechnics in the other Nordic countries, Europe and Asia. Within the Erasmus programme the Design programme has exchange agreements with Instituto Superior de Humanidades Technologas in Lisbon (Portugal), Art Academy Latvia (Latvia), Muthesius Kunsthochschule (Germany) and Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst (Switzerland). Our students and teachers often participate in international fairs and/or study tours.

Final project

The objective of the final project is for you to develop and demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and skills. The final project is an independent project consisting of three parts:

1. An independent product or a challenging assignment by an external orderer.
2. Written documentation.
3. Public presentation and exhibition of the final project.