DESIGNING LEARNING EXPERIENCES
At HAMK Design Factory, we design learning experiences. Our interdisciplinary research and teaching team operates within a Design-Based Education (DBE) setting where interdisciplinary student teams work together with industry partners to solve authentic real-life challenges. Our research focuses on students’ learning experiences, authentic university-industry collaboration, design methodologies, and implementing educational change.
During the projects, students get to expand their thinking and work in a multidisciplinary field and thereby find new perspectives and ideas. During the studies, students will also learn new methods and tools like Design Thinking and also develop teamwork skills and self-management. Companies are heavily involved in our operations, so students can network with operators from different fields and potential employers already during their studies. At Design Factory, we aim to participate in answering the challenges of the future by creating a common language, cooperation and innovations between different fields. Come join us to build solutions and network!
WELCOME TO A NEW KIND OF LEARNING ENVIRONMENT!
In Design Factory the work takes place in interdisciplinary teams strengthening each students’ own area of expertise. The idea of Design Factory is to enable learning by doing in authentic industry projects solving development challenges. All Design Factory courses follow Design Thinking processes where students emphatize with the users, defines the problem, ideates, prototype and test their ideas.
The participating organizations are involved in the projects during the whole journey, not just at the beginning and end of the project. In essence, the journey together is more important than just the end results. Thus, in Design Factory projects the interaction between company and inside interdisciplinary teams is emphasized.
DESIGN FACTORY FOR COMPANIES
Design Factory is a product and service development platform, where students learn by doing in industry projects. We work around real company projects which is why we are actively searching for collaboration partners who need product or service development for their company. Working with interdisciplinary student teams is a great way to find solutions from different point of views and have knowledge from different fields.
Design Factory highlights the importance of the journey together, not just the end results. Therefore, this requires regular interaction both from students and companies to learn from the journey and achieve the best possible learning result. So if your company have a development problem – contact us and let’s do a project together!
As product and service design platform Design Factory brings HAMKs research units’ expertise and laboratory equipment to support research and development activities in companies. In Hämeenlinna University Center the product development laboratory of Degree Program in Design offers design expertise and services for 3D-scanning, modeling and printing (clay&plastic), digital paper and textile printing as well as laser cutting.
Product Development Project
Data Analytics Project
HAMK Design Factory’s main office is in the E-building of the Hämeenlinna University Center. The premises have equipment for building prototypes and holding events.
Markku Mikkonen, technical expert, 0504763039, email@example.com
Jari Jussila, Director of HAMK Design Factory, 050 4657285, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Visakaarre 4, 13100 Hämeenlinna
The premises of Valkeakoski Design Factory are currently being built on the ground floor of the B-building.
Contact: Sanna-Maaria Siintoharju, lecturer, HAMK Design Factory,
050 5350689, email@example.com
Address: Tietotie 1, 37630 Valkeakoski
At the Forssa campus, the focus is especially on sustainable development and working life projects with an emphasis on data analytics.
Contact: Anne-Mari Järvenpää, lecturer,
040 0534131, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Wahreninkatu 11, 30100 Forssa
From Riihimäki campus you can find facilities and machines for prototyping and team working. Facilities can be found near the cafeteria.
Contact: Jari Jussila,
050 4657285, email@example.com
Address: Kaartokatu 2, 11100 Riihimäki
In HAMK Design Factory
– Students come first
– Doors are always open for discusssion
– There is no hierarchy
– You are empowered to do new things, with new people
– You are a part of a co-creation community
– We all belong to the Design Factory family
Through collaboration we create the PASSION FOR DOING
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