Organiser: Design Department

Teacher: Professor Maarit Mäkelä

Registration to the course: Camilla Groth (

Study credits: 4

Time: 25-27.11.2014 + pre reading & essee

Directed: Doctoral students in Aalto ARTS (max. 8) and MA students in Department of Design (max. 8)

Content: The aim of the course is to provide basic understanding about Practice-led research approach i.e. the discourse where art and design practices meets the notion of research in academic context. The study package includes three different parts including (1) pre-assignment, (2) workshop & conference and (3) reflective essee.

(1) To understand the context of the conference, the students read two books before the conference:

Maarit Mäkelä & Sara Routarinne (eds.) The Art of Research. Research Practice in Art and Design (2006). Helsinki: University of Art and Design.

Maarit Mäkelä & Tim O’Riley (eds.) The Art of Research II. Process; Results and Contribution (2012). Helsinki: University of Art and Design.

(2) Participation to the pre-workshop of the conference 25.11. and conference 26-27.11.2014

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(3) After the conference the students write an essey where they combine the pre-assignment with their experiments from the conference. This assignment can be combined to other ongoing studies that are related to their doctoral dissertation, MA thesis work, or Personal project.


Maarit Mäkelä
Associate Professor
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Department of Design
Hämeentie 135 C, 00560 Helsinki, FINLAND
+358 50 3722 168