Design and Technology Futures
Design and Technology Futures is built on an understanding that disciplinary, cultural and intellectual diversity combined with creative and open mindset drives successful innovation. It is a transdisciplinary programme merging the competencies and skills of technology and design.
LEVEL OF STUDYMaster's
FACULTYSchool of Engineering
STUDY LOAD120 ECTS (view curriculum)
MODE OF STUDYFull-time study
Design and Technology Futures is combining education and innovation into an enabling platform which at one hand collaborates with industry and government partners to search new ways out from the modern complex challenges and on the other hand, engages students with new and unique experiences out of their comfort zones in order to create innovation and new thinking. To find out what the future might be.
The challenges in the program are presented in an open format, encouraging students’ personal creative development and self-expression.
Keep eye on their projects, events, and news at www.design-engineering.ee
The 2 year (120 ECTS) curriculum comprises the following modules:
- General Studies (12 ECTS)
- Design (12 ECTS)
- Engineering (12 ECTS)
- Entrepreneurship (6 ECTS)
- Elective Studies (6 ECTS)
- Specialisation Projects (42 ECTS)
- Free Choice Courses (6 ECTS)
- Graduation Thesis (24 ECTS)
Download full curriculum (PDF)
Why this specialty?
- The programme offers an opportunity to acquire integrated practical and theoretical knowledge in design-driven innovation with an ability to spark, lead and perform future-oriented tech-intensive product- and service concept development;
- Exiting cooperation projects with industry, government partners or society looking for new opportunities for technology development into promising product-service systems;
- Teaching staff with high theoretical and practical experience.
Entrepreneurs, innovation leaders, product and service developers and managers who are able to work in a wide scope of creative integrated development teams and run design-driven innovation projects integrating together the technological possibilities provided by industry with opportunities found on the market and in the society.
Straight after defending his master thesis in June 2016 Aigar Tälli was hired by the leading supplier of car safety systems Autoliv R&D department. Now he works as product development engineer in Hamburg and looks back to his studies in Design & Engineering Tallinna Tehnikaülikool/Tallinn University of Technology and Eesti Kunstiakadeemia / Estonian Academy of Arts:
"The program of D&E offered by TTÜ can be considered a curriculum which may fundamentally change your point of view on how and why all things around us are made. Having finished my bachelors in product development and production, I can speak about the transition from an engineer to a design engineer. I had always been interested in "design" as such, but as it came out later, not fully understood the meaning of the word. Usually people - including me - refer to "design" as the aesthetical value of a product - well that can only be called the tip of the iceberg of what you will learn to handle in this program. As the classical way of engineering works in the way of problem -> solution. Add a little bit of design thinking from D&E and it can show you that firstly there is not only one solution, the problem at your hand may even not be the actual one that needs fixing and finally come out with a great idea that is rapidly different and better from conventional solutions. For me, this program was a real eye-opener regarding various topics from user centered design, product branding, user interfaces to innovation management processes and many more. All of these which are necessary for a person who wants to call himself a designer engineer - a multidisciplinary approacher with innovational ideas. All of the courses are led by professionals in their field with real-life experiences and are an absolute pleasure to hear and discuss with. Students with various backgrounds bring different ideas and perspectives to all of the works and discussions. I would recommend this program to people who are fond of product and service development, are open-minded and would like to experience the world where design and engineering work together for creating a better tomorrow."
Alumnus of Design and Engineering
From fashion industry to satellites: our graduate Tea Tüür started to work as a Design Thinker in Catapult Satellite Applications in Harwell, Oxford this April, just after graduating in January. Now she looks back to her studies at Design & Engineering and her personal development with it:
"Design and Engineering is a truly unique study programme in Estonia, transmitting skills and knowledge that are relevant and sought-after in many modern international companies. It opened up my worldview, enabled me to gain international contacts and cross-disciplinary teamwork experience. I loved the topicality and diversity of the projects we could work on – no semester was alike. I was uncertain about my career path when I started the programme. The most important thing I gained from D&E is the discovery of what I’m good or not-so- good at and what are the things in life I really care about. In addition to learning to analyse the cultural, social and economic changes in society, every student received feedback and support to assess their personal development. I would definitely recommend D&E to a wide variety of people – whether at the start of their career or well-established; passionate about tech, design, business, psychology or all four. You are guaranteed to get a new perspective on things, learn a lot and meet a bunch of great people along the way!"
Alumnus of Design and Engineering
Bachelor's degree or equivalent
Online test in field knowledge for engineers
Portfolio for designers
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
- Please include following:
- Well-considered reasons for the choice of the speciality and description of the vision for your career and how will studying in the study programme Design & Technology Futures support achievement of the goals.
- A substantially reasoned vision of the developments of design and engineering and your role in the developments.
- Comprehensive analysis of your strengths and contribution to multicultural and multidisciplinary team projects.
We evaluate the applicant's motivation and critical thinking skills, well-founded connection between the applicant's career choice and the study programme Design and Technology Futures, as well as understanding of the developments in the field.
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
Grading scale: 1-25
An applicant must be attentive, have analytical skills and be interested in the profession and the world in all its diversity. We evaluate the skill to substantiate the choice of the speciality and to connect it with your professional career, your motivation and ability to discuss the trends and issues in the field. We evaluate communication skills, creativity and critical thinking, motivation to pass the selected study programme and to continue with the professional career, the ability to collaborate and to contribute to multicultural and multidisciplinary teamwork (creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration).
Grading scale: 1-50
Online test takes place in the system called Moodle. The test itself is 7 minutes long and can be taken only once.
- Exemplary questions:
- CAD systems are used for...
- What are the strongest points of paramatric modelling?
- What are the main functions of CAM systems?
- What kind of information systems are used in area of manufacturing engineering?
- Who benefits from product development?
- What are main advantages of numerical controlled (NC) machining?
- Quality management is used for...
- Product development is a process which includes the following steps...
- What is the role of engineers in product development processes?
- Why customer requirements managemnt is important?
Grading scale: 0-10 points.
Positive scale: 6-10 points.
The candidate must collect at least 6 points to continue. The result will be re-calculated into 25-point scale.
A portfolio should give an overview of the applicant's professional capabilities and should include the best examples of his/her designs and other creative work. You do not need to include classical paintings and drawings in the portfolio, but you should include development sketches, engineering designs, photos of the models or finished products, developments related to modern technology (e.g. user interfaces, apps, service design projects, etc.). We will evaluate the quality of the designs submitted and the portfolio as a whole.
Grading scale: 1-25
Students for TTÜ international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. The maximum score for all examination parts is 100 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 50 points is admitted.
TTÜ international admissions office
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Student counsellor at School of Engineering
Student counsellor at School of Engineering can help you
with questions about the study programme.
Prof. Martin Pärn
(+372) 620 3250
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