Aalto BA in Design preparation course

All you need for preparing for Aalto University BA in Design program’s admission!

Study together with a motivated group

Teacher-led lessons twice a month give you time to focus on your homework in between lessons.

Price:

790 

Suitable for

Anyone who is plans to apply to Aalto University BA in Design program

Sini Koivisto

Architect SAFA & MA in Art Education

Eeva Jokinen

MA in Design & Art Education

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Apply today to secure a place in this high demand course – join us to learn how to create interesting projects that show your skills and potential.

Aalto BA in Design preparation course

790 

Discount available until 24.08.2022!

7 teacher-led lectures & informative lesson materials relevant to Aalto application process


Quick tasks done during the lessons to ease you into the current subject


Specially designed homework projects relevant to Aalto application process


A kick off session with your teacher to talk about your creative goals


Personal feedback on each project return


Support of your study group


Personal tutoring on your application process

Entry requirements

  • Motivation to study 6-9 hours/week
  • Basic English language skills (The course is taught in English)
  • Intention to apply to Aalto BA in Design program
  • Interest towards Design & Visual communication
  • Ongoing or completed High School studies that aim for matriculation exam or similar diplomas in your country.
  • Some examples of a creative project you have done either in school or in your own time that give us an idea of your skills and creativity

Fill in the application form and send us the asked documents. If you get accepted we will send you a message with all the information you need for the course along with the preliminary assignment you can work on before the course. We will also contact you for a kick-off meeting, in order to learn about your needs and skills, to better understand how to guide you to success.

Attach 1-3 of the best examples of your previous work

Accepted file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf, .gif, .png, .heic. Max 10 MB per file.

Goals

In some art, design or architecture schools the application process includes preliminary assignments and intake assignments or entrance exams. Aalto University in Finland is one of those schools. The students in the English taught BA in Design program are selected based on their success in the preliminary and intake assignment process. If you have never done these kinds of projects or assignments, it may be daunting to start. You may have a lot of questions and uncertain thoughts: “What do they want, how should I approach the assignments?”

These days the assignments are usually submitted digitally online and the entrance exams and possible interviews are also conducted online. The assignments measure the creative skills and applicant’s general suitability to the studies of the designated design field. This prep course will first train you to view and think about the assignments the right way and practice the creative skills you need in order to execute the assignments so that your idea and message come through clearly and your idea is creative enough. We give you professional guidance on the assignment types and how they are assessed. In each lesson you’ll get practice assignments to work on and the feedback will increase your understanding of what it is you should focus on in your projects. After the Aalto preliminary assignments are published, we tutor and comment on your process so that you can be certain your work meets the requirements the school has set.

As we are located in Finland and have guided our students to Finnish creative degree programs for over a decade, we have a good understanding of the qualities and requirements the programs are looking for in the students. This course page is dedicated to for students applying to Aalto Ba in Design program, but in joining the course you will attain skills and capabilities to apply to any Finnish Design BA program available. 

Content

During the course we will first go through the most important skills you need in order to understand and produce distinguishable work both visually and in terms of the content. You will learn to create interesting concepts and focus on what is important in the assignment. After the preliminary assignments are published in the beginning of December you will get personal tutoring on your own process, getting feedback and comments on your work so that you can be sure your works meet the requirements Aalto admission board expects from the submitted work.

Aalto University BA in Design-program prep course consists of 

  • A kick off session with your teacher to talk about your challenges and skills regarding the application process
  • 7 teacher-led lectures & informative lesson materials relevant to Aalto application process
  • Quick tasks done during the lessons to ease you into the current subject
  • Specially designed homework projects relevant to Aalto application process
  • Feedback & critique of your projects
  • Support of your study group
  • Personal tutoring on your application process

Method

In this hybrid course you’ll study in a group, getting support from your teacher and the fellow students. 

Timeline

The course is in a hybrid format, you can either come to our classroom in Helsinki, Finland or attend via Zoom. The course starts at Wednesday 15th September and meets every two weeks,   at 18-21 (GMT +3 Helsinki time). 

Course content, Dates and times:

14.9. Zoom & SDS classroom in Helsinki  at 18-21 (GMT +3 Helsinki time).
Assignment analysis and examples

28.9. Zoom & SDS classroom in Helsinki  at 18-21 (GMT +3 Helsinki time).
Sketching & Ideation

12.10. Zoom & SDS classroom in Helsinki  at 18-21 (GMT +3 Helsinki time).
What is design?

26.10. Zoom & SDS classroom in Helsinki  at 18-21 (GMT +3 Helsinki time).
Concept in design

9.11. Zoom & SDS classroom in Helsinki  at 18-21 (GMT +2 Helsinki time).
Prototyping

23.11. Zoom & SDS classroom in Helsinki  at 18-21 (GMT +2 Helsinki time).
Composition

7.12. Zoom & SDS classroom in Helsinki  at 18-21 (GMT +2 Helsinki time).
Visual concept & Identity

+ Individual tutoring times during the application period in December-January.

Complimentary lesson materials

Learning how to approach the entrance exam assignments takes time. Your own commitment and drive are the key elements in succeeding. It may be difficult to know what kind of work to do or how to ideate interestingly especially if you feel you do not yet have sufficient technical skills.

Scandinavian Design School offers additional lessons with specially designed project assignments that can be specially tailored to fit to your dream career demands. We have for example drawing and painting technique classes, lessons of design and conceptual thinking, perspective, prototype & scale model techniques and even lessons for students who want to learn the basics of drawing again. Contact us to discuss your personal needs and let’s create a successful study plan tailored just for you!

What our students say

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