The joint international master’s programme of
Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Academy of Arts
Design and Technology Futures is a two-year Master's programme offered jointly by the Estonian Academy of Arts and Tallinn University of Technology. It is aimed at young graduates of design and engineering disciplines who are eager to continue their education. Our cross-disciplinary programme merges technological competence with design skills. We look at engineering and design in very broad terms and are open to all enthusiastic students from a wide range of competences.
The aim of the curriculum is to combine different disciplines and prepare students for design-led innovation, possible only through interdisciplinary cooperation. Our focus is on how to deal with complex problems and develop value-creating concepts.
Students who apply as an engineer and students who apply as a designer will study together and have only slight variation in the mandatory curriculum emphasizing the field of origin. Sometimes applicants come from a field that allows to apply as a both designer and engineer, in these cases the field with more competence should be chosen. The application processes vary a little between design and engineering applicants.
The curriculum draws from three fields: design, engineering and entrepreneurship. During their first year of study, students learn how to work as members of multidisciplinary creative teams, how to mix and match their skills with people who have a very different understanding of the task at hand, how to bind together the findings, pin-point the opportunities, create clear concepts and communicate these to industry partners. By the second year, students practice leading small creative teams, learn how to run user-centered research, develop innovative concepts and communicate results in a tight timeframe with limited resources. Students learn how to use and mix methods from different fields of study and how to make coherent projects in a team with widely scattered skillsets.
As we seek students with very different backgrounds, they will also pursue various career paths. Students of engineering develop an understanding of the power of design skills so they may act as leaders of development, while students of design refine their skills and competence for running multidisciplinary creative teams. All students are taught to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Whatever our students go on to do, they are valuable team members even during difficult projects with fuzzy goals.
The process of applying goes trough the site of dreamapply where you can enter your information and documents in multiple sessions (requires signup). The more detailed description of the process can be found here.
Besides all the usual paperwork from your official trancript of records to the proof of english proficiency, we request a motivation letter where you can explain why you find Design and Technology Futures interesting and what motivates you to come study with us. It gives us a small insight about your ambitions, what you could give to your fellow students as wll as how much you might learn from the program.
Students applying as a designer are required to submit a portfolio of previous works that will show us your working habits and skill level. Students who are applying as an engineer are required to do a small test that shows your general understanding of production processes and engineering in general.
Final step in the application process is a interview with the applicant. There we will assess how well you are suited for the kind of work that we are doing in the Design and Technology Futures, how good team player you might be, how you might react under stress and what is your general understanding of the world surrounding us all.