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Aalto BA in Design program - Elina's experience

Aalto BA in Design program - Elina's experience

Elina has studied in Aalto University’s BA program in Design for two years. During that…
Be the early bird who gets the study place - design edition

Be the early bird who gets the study place - design edition

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Aalto BA in Design  – See works that got Elina in!

Aalto BA in Design – See works that got Elina in!

Starting from a young age, Elina has wanted to became a designer. This wish became…

What is design? Is it clear to you?

Of course, you can google it; let’s see… 

Based on Wikipedia (Design – Wikipedia), design is

“A plan or specification for the construction of an object or system or for the implementation of an activity or process or the result of that plan or specification in the form of a prototype, product, or process…The design usually has to satisfy certain goals and constraints; may take into account aesthetic, functional, economic, or socio-political considerations; and is expected to interact with a certain environment. “

I am not sure that this definition of an anonymous writer would be the best or the most understandable. How about if, instead of reading different definitions, you could understand it through learning and doing!

The Design Foundation course will be the perfect place where you can learn about the field of design through insightful video lectures, engaging assignments, and constructive feedback. 

Design Foundation Course — Scandinavian Design School

With the help of the lessons, you can explore the field of design. From concept creating to sketching, modeling/prototyping, and presenting your idea.

My experience – I studied product design two years ago. Recently I decided that I want to return to this field again. However, I didn’t feel too comfortable with my level of knowledge. Because of that, I joined the Design Foundation course to refresh my knowledge and learn something new!

Let me introduce you to the Design Foundation course!

Introduction level

The introduction level is for beginners who are new to design. Who are not yet familiar with the techniques and tools designers use. All the assignments will provide you with new skills and great projects.

This level includes six basic techniques lessons.

  • Photoshop / Photo editing & Correction
  • Photoshop / Digital Painting
  • Marker / Ink Drawing
  • Gouache & Acrylic Techniques
  • Pencil Drawing
  • Composition – supports everything that you have learned and discusses how to:
    • compose the images by hand, direct the eye inside the drawing to capture the viewer’s attention, and present your idea.
The task was to design a seat that works also when turned to another position. I wanted to create a futuristic-looking design object. As an inspiration, I took one of my favorite design movements – the space-age (1950). For this assignment, I wanted to play with colors and forms to create something radical but aesthetic. This is one of the ideas I had.

Core level

This level is for you if you are already familiar with the basic techniques. However, now you want to acquire new design-related techniques and challenge yourself with actual design assignments. You also want to learn more about the field of design and different designers.

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Assignment from Concept in Design lesson – weak/strong concept.

My experience – One great thing I discovered during the course was that all the assignments and tasks could be adjusted to your level of knowledge.

The core level includes eight fundamental design lessons.

  • Sketching & Ideation – you will learn how to approach the assignment and create exciting work and a sketch for your design concept.
  • Concept in Design – what is a concept, and what to consider if you want to create a good concept.
  • Design – what is design? The lesson introduces different design fields with examples. You will learn how to make a presentation and present your ideas.
  • Clay models – one of the prototyping ways.
  • Designing a 3D form – 3-dimensional design. How does the outside form the skin of the building or object, and what’s the inside structure.
  • 3D paper models – how to create 3d models from paper. Tips & tricks that will make your paper models more attractive. During this lesson, you will also get a glimpse into packaging design.
  • Perspective drawing
  • Light & Shadow – how to present your ideas through light and shadow and illustrate them.
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My concept idea – a bag that is made out of imitated dry flowers (flowers are made out of recycled fabric). These kinds of bags with dry flowers are usually made out of non-sustainable materials, which is why I looked for some other material options.

My experience – I felt more confident about my skills after the core level. I gained a deeper understanding of design and design fields. Also, I got the chance to practice the things I had forgotten and learn new ones.

Applied level

The applied level is about gaining more knowledge concerning the world of design. The lessons will deepen your understanding of design and help you apply to any college or university. If you are interested in studying design but do not have a portfolio, you will be able to create it. 

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One of the surface design assignments – seamless patterns.

This level includes six lessons.

  • Trends – current trends in all design fields.
  • Scandinavian Design
  • Structures – discusses various types of structures and how you can build them. You will work with different materials and will be able to try out many kinds of model-making assignments.
  • Surface design –  introduction to surface design. The lesson discusses different surfaces. The focus is on visuals and how to design a pattern and think about it in a scale.
  • Portfolio examples – will introduce you to different portfolio styles.
  • Layout – how to compose the idea of your work on a paper and how to communicate them.

My experience – applied level was a step out of the box! I gained new insights into the design profession and new inspiration for my work in the future. 

I used chili pepper available in my kitchen as a reference. This was a fun and insightful task.

My experience -Taking this course was a fun and exciting journey: I developed my visual communication skills, challenged my creative thinking, and created a lot of work that I could include in my new portfolio for my master’s application.

Remember: no matter which level you choose to study, you always have the option of adding some extra lessons from the Lesson library. Lesson library — Scandinavian Design School

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In our courses, you’ll develop powerful artistic expression, learn about current design trends and improve your ideation skills. We are genuinely interested in your progress and help you find your own style. Get started with us today!

Aalto BA in Design program - Elina's experience

Aalto BA in Design program - Elina's experience

Elina has studied in Aalto University’s BA program in Design for two years. During that…
Be the early bird who gets the study place - design edition

Be the early bird who gets the study place - design edition

Are you dreaming about a career in the field of design? Have you already found…
Aalto BA in Design  – See works that got Elina in!

Aalto BA in Design – See works that got Elina in!

Starting from a young age, Elina has wanted to became a designer. This wish became…