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Design thinking (5 cr)

Code: MU00DT17-3015

General information


22.08.2022 - 28.08.2022


31.08.2022 - 14.12.2022


5 op

Virtual proportion (cr)

2 op

Mode of delivery

60 % Contact teaching, 40 % Distance learning

Teaching languages

  • Finnish


42 - 50

Degree programmes

  • Degree Programme in Bioproduct Design
  • Degree Programme in Graphic Design
  • Degree Programme in Fashion and Costume Design
  • Degree Programme in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design


  • Heli Abdel-Rahman
  • Esa Hämäläinen
  • Marjo Kivilompolo

Responsible person

Heli Abdel-Rahman

Student groups

  • GRKV22SP
    Graphic design, full-time studies
  • SKKV22SP
    Interior architecture and furniture design, full-time studies


You learn the methods of the design process. You learn to utilise different brainstorming methods when looking for new user-oriented solutions.
You learn to observe your environment.
What do people want and need in their lives?
How can a designer improve the quality of life?
By using sketches and other visual presentation methods, you learn to facilitate the problem-solving and thinking processes.


How does the design process function and how are new ideas generated?
How do you visualise your idea and develop it further from the sketch to the prototype and product?


Available in Learn platform.
Key will be informed before course starts.

Teaching methods

Xamk offers its students an opportunity to pursue studies flexibly to suit their various life situations. Students can choose between three learning routes: a learning route based on a working week, a learning route that accelerates the studies, and a work-based learning route.

A learning route based on a working week according to timetable.

Employer connections

Possible working life oriented exercise, in which assignment from external cooperation company.

Student workload

5cr is 135h where contact teaching is 70h and independence working is 65h

Content scheduling

The course is divided into 2 parts:
First, the theory section (3 ECTS) is realized, consisting of lectures and learning tasks, which address the design industry in general and the different stages of the design process, regardless of the substantive field of different education.

After that, the substantive section (2 ECTS) will then be implemented, dealing various stages of the design process and field practices from the point of view of each education will be discussed and learning tasks are performed. The groups' implementations are individually, led by the substantive teacher of each group.

Further information

The study module consists of the lectures which are related to the subject, of short learning tasks and excursion.

Evaluation scale


Assessment methods and criteria

Student's self-reflection and peer evaluation
Active participation and approved assignments