Technology, Kuopio
Technology, Varkaus
Design, Kuopio
Business, Kuopio
Music and Dance, Kuopio
Tourism and Hospitality
Social Services and Health Care, Kuopio
Social Services and Health Care, Iisalmi
Natural resources, Iisalmi
Multidisciplinary Studies
Basis of Education Competence Standards Structure of Studies Development of Expertise Methods and implementation Course Table

DA20SP Degree Programme in Design

This curriculum is a translation of the curriculum of the Finnish degree program.

Methods and implementation

In Savonia, the pedagogical starting point is the Open Innovation Space (OIS 2.0) model. It combines high-quality education with research and development activities close to working life. Work life education emphasizes students' motivation and commitment to studies. The development of students' expertise is promoted in various learning environments by enabling diverse, time- and place-bound year-round studies and by making extensive use of the study of work. Comprehensive student guidance and the identification and recognition of prior learning are part of the students' personal study plan.

In the degree program in design, the studios mimic the work of a design office.

Projects are divided on an object-oriented basis into areas of either service design, product design or interior design. Different projects use different design methods and learn different practical and theoretical skills. The degree program includes applied methodological studies in design, research, development and innovation activities, well-being at work and internationality. A significant part of the studies is carried out in working life projects. The competence profile is built according to the choices made by the student.

The education is implemented as contact teaching, distance learning and independent study, as well as online studies.
The working life orientation of Savonia's education is realized through the diverse networking of teachers. Networks also ensure the continuous development of substance expertise. The staff creates learning situations and supports student learning. Student services, library and information services, international services and other university services help with studying. The education follows the principles of accessibility and sustainable development.

Students are encouraged to complete part of their studies abroad. The student can complete 60 ECTS of the international study path by completing design studies in English, for example 30 ECTS credits and in international exchange 30 ECTS credits of studies and / or internships. Any course can be taken in English if non-Finnish students participate in the course.


We reserve the right to make changes to the curriculum due to the need to update the content being studied.