Smart and Sustainable Design - Häme University of applied sciences
Smart and Sustainable Design
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Smart and Sustainable Design, Bachelor of Culture and Arts

Degree Programme

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

The contemporary world is growing ever more environmentally conscious and technology advances with huge leaps every day. It is important that you as designer understand the importance of sustainable values and the challenges of circular economy. You will learn how to use and combine both traditional and modern techniques with design thinking and a strong creative and material-based mindset. Study in a modern studio environment and earn deep understanding of the product and production. Studies include an active collaboration with businesses and a commercial focus in design. 

WHAT WILL YOU BECOME?

There is a need for service and user experience design, where social media competence, marketing expertise and visualization expertise are combined with designer competence.  After studies you will master all the steps from product design to manufacturing. Smart and sustainable design education enables you to work as a designer in companies in different fields and in the public sector, or act as an entrepreneur.  Professional titles include for example: designer, product assistant, product developer, entrepreneur, project manager and buyer. 

APPLICATION PERIOD

  • DIRECT APPLICATION TO HAMK - Application period 1
  • Type of Application Apply only to HAMK's degree programmes. Recommended for applicants from abroad
  • Number of study places not restricted
  • Application period begins 1 October 2021
  • Application period ends 15 November 2021 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Preliminary assignments given in by 30 November - 1 December 2021 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Entrance examinations 2 December 2021
  • Information on admissions 17 December 2021 at the latest
  • Confirmation of study place 15 July 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Studies begin In August 2022
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

  • JOINT APPLICATION - January 2022 - Details for admissions will be published soon
  • Type of Application You can apply to several higher education institutes in Finland at once. Recommended for applicants in Finland.
  • Number of study places
  • Application period begins 5 January 2022
  • Application period ends 19 January 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Preliminary assignments given in by -
  • Entrance examinations
  • Information on admissions
  • Confirmation of study place
  • Studies begin In August 2022
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

  • DIRECT APPLICATION TO HAMK - Application period 2
  • Type of Application Apply only to HAMK's degree programmes. Recommended for applicants from abroad
  • Number of study places not restricted
  • Application period begins 1 February 2022
  • Application period ends 10 May 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Preliminary assignments given in by two days before the exam 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Entrance examinations online 3 times during the spring
  • Information on admissions within 2 weeks
  • Confirmation of study place 15 July 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time)
  • Studies begin In August 2022
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

  • APPLICATION ON THE BASIS OF OPEN UAS STUDIES
  • Type of Application
  • Number of study places 2
  • Application period begins 1.8.
  • Application period ends 31.5.
  • Preliminary assignments given in by -
  • Entrance examinations -
  • Information on admissions August-June
  • Confirmation of study place within 10 days
  • Studies begin during the academic year 2021-2022
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

  • TRANSFER APPLICATION ON THE BASIS OF VALID RIGHT TO STUDY AT A FINNISH UNIVERSITY
  • Type of Application
  • Number of study places
  • Application period begins 2.5. (spring) / 1.11. (autumn)
  • Application period ends 16.5. (spring) / 15.11. (autumn) 3:00 pm
  • Preliminary assignments given in by
  • Entrance examinations
  • Information on admissions 30.6. (spring) / 15.12. (autumn)
  • Confirmation of study place 31.7. (spring) / 31.12. (autumn)
  • Studies begin in the beginning of next semester
  • APPLY TO STUDIES

DEGREE PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

DEGREE TITLE
Bachelor of Culture and Arts (BCA)
DURATION (YEARS) 4
EXTENT (CREDITS) 240
LOCATION FULL-TIME STUDIES
Hämeenlinna
LOCATION PART-TIME STUDIES
LANGUAGE English

Curricula of Smart and Sustainable Design

Smart and Sustainable Design Degree Content

In our Smart and Sustainable Design degree programme you can study fashion & footwear and glass and ceramics design according to your choice. You deepen your skills according to your area of interest.

You can also select modules from other HAMK programmes or from other universities of applied sciences. You can acquire expertise also through international studies completed during student exchanges. Additionally, you can expand your skills for example in the following areas:

 

  • entrepreneurship
  • business development
  • surface design skills
  • smart design
  • sustainable design

 

Your journey to becoming a designer

In the first and the second year of studies you

  • gain an understanding of the work process for designing and manufacturing products / services
  • learn design skills
  • understand sustainable and smart design
  • deepen your understanding of the industrial operating environment of product design and manufacturing
  • apply the lessons learned in practice by carrying out your first work placement (internship).

 

Later in your studies you

  • apply your professional competence to multidisciplinary projects 
  • use design methods to obtain user information
  • practice the principles of shared expertise and teamwork in various kinds of projects
  • refine your professional activities as well as your ability to apply a systematic and research-orientated approach to your work.
  • apply smart and sustainable design
  • develop your skills in a work placement
  • complete your thesis

Learn through doing and making

Studies are implemented in the field-specific design learning environments at Hämeenlinna University Centre.  You study in modern design studio environments, where you learn how to apply theory in practice – through doing and making.  Design studies are orientated towards working life and students have the opportunity to cooperate with companies in their field in various kinds of projects.

 

Internationalization

We courage you to become international:  our numerous international partner institutions offer you many opportunities for studying (international exchange) or doing a work placement abroad.

STUDENT LIFE

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Timetable for HAMK's direct application in autumn 2021

Date Application
1 October 2021 Application period begins
15 November 2021 3:00 pm (UTC +3) Application period ends
15 November 2021 3:00 pm (UTC +3) Enclosures must be uploaded to the application at Studyinfo.fi
15 July 2022 3:00 pm (UTC +3) Admitted applicants must confirm their study places
End of August 2022 The admitted students start their studies

 

Eligibility

You can apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme at a university of applied sciences when you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the Matriculation Examination
  • International Baccalaureate, German Reifeprüfung or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • a Finnish upper secondary vocational qualification (120 credit units) or an equivalent previous vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma
  • further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification or an equivalent previous qualification
  • foreign education that provides eligibility to apply for higher education in the country in question.
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree

Refugee or refugee-like situation

If the applicant is a refugee or in refugee-like situation and the qualifications cannot be proven through documentary evidence, the UAS can consider whether the applicant can be invited to the entrance exam even if the UAS does not use discretionary admission. The applicant must prove the refugee status by reference to a decision made by competent authority.

Required English language proficiency

Applicants English language skills will be tested in the entrance examinations and in the SAT-tests. No language skills certificates are required.

Application practicalities

  • Check the eligibility requirements
  • Get familiar with the admission criteria
  • Find out if you are required to upload documents to your application
  • Submit an online application at www.studyinfo.fi and upload the required documents to your application
  • Keep an eye on your e-mail in case you are required to provide additional documents or further information about your educational background

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA students

As a non-EU/EEA-citizen you are required to pay tuition fees for Bachelor’s degree studies.

The tuition fee must be paid at the time of confirming the study place. The first year´ tuition fee can be paid in three installments. Please notice: tuition fees are charged directly by HAMK and should never be paid through third parties (i.e. educational agents).

You can be exempted from paying tuition fees if you:

  • have an EU Blue Card granted in Finland
  • have a continuous residence permit card in Finland, type A permit
  • have a permanent residence permit card in Finland, type P permit
  • have an EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
  • have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)
  • have a Brexit residence permit card, Right of residence under the withdrawal agreement
  • have a Brexit residence permit card, Right of permanent residence under the withdrawal agreement

In order to be exempted from paying tuition fees, please attach a copy of one of the above-mentioned documents to your application. The document must be downloaded to your application by the end of the application period.

Please notice: if you receive one of the documents mentioned above at any point of the admission process, please contact the Admission Services.

EU/EEA students

There will be no tuition fee for EU/EEA citizens. In order to be exempted from paying tuition fees you need to attach one of the following documents to your application:

  • Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland (citizens of Finland are not required to provide proof of their citizenship as it will be verified from the population register)

The document must be downloaded to your application.

Please visit Tuition fees and scholarships -page for more detailed information.

Admission criteria

Student selections are made on the basis of a motivation letter, design assignments and an English language test.

You will be invited to the entrance examination after you have submitted the online application and downloaded the required attachments to the application. Invitations to the exam will be sent by e-mail approximately one week before the exam. The entrance examination is organized online and participating in the exam does not require travelling.

Content of the entrance examination

The entrance exam consists of two parts: a motivation letter, design assignments and English language test.

Submission of assignments are open on 30 November- 1 December 2021

The exam date for English language test is 2 December 2021

The motivation letter is evaluated as passed/failed and design assignments is graded 0-100. Applicants need to get a pass mark in the motivation letter and at least 50 points out of 100 in the design assignments in order to pass. The English language test is a written test lasting 1 hour. Applicants need to get approved result in the English language test (minimum 6 points out of 10).

Applicants will be accepted directly on the basis of approved motivation letter and design assignments without an English language test  if they have achieved at least a total score of 6.5 in the IELTS language test or TOEFL iBT total score 79. The applicant must download a copy of the language certificate to the application together with other documents by the end of the application period. Häme UAS uses the IELTS TRF Verification Service and the TOEFL Online Score Verification System to make sure applicant presents an authentic Test Report Form and scores. IELTS overall band score and TOEFL iBT total score are valid for two years.

Applicants will be accepted directly on the basis of approved motivation letter and design assignments without an English language test if they have upper secondary level school education, Bachelor's or Master's degree in English completed in Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

Student selection results

The student selection results will be published within two weeks after the entrance examination or after the SAT-test results (please notice: SAT-test results are not used in the student selections of all degree programmes) have arrived to the Admission Services.

You will be sent an e-mail if you are offered a study place. You then have time until 15 July 2022 3:00 pm Finnish time to confirm the study place. However, it is highly recommended to confirm the place as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the immigration process (that for non-EU/EEA citizens may require as long as three to five months). Early confirmation ensures that you will not miss the start date of your studies.

You can confirm the study place by using the link included in the message or by logging in to My Studyinfo -service with online banking credentials, mobile certificate or an electronic ID card.

Please notice that once you confirm the study place you cannot anymore accept any other study places leading to a higher education degree in Finland if the studies begin in the same academic term. The one-study-place-per-term-provision applies to higher education regardless of how the studies are provided. For example, if you accept a study place offered to you in this direct application, you cannot then anymore accept a study place from the joint application if the study programme begins in the same academic term.

The studies start in the end of August 2022.

Timetable for joint application in spring 2022

Date Application
5 January 2022 Application period begins
19 January 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time) Application period ends
26 January 2022 Enclosures must be downloaded to the application at Studyinfo.fi
2 February 2022 Entrance examination invitations will be sent approximately one week before the exam
9 February 2022 Written part of the International UAS Exam
2 March - 16 March 2022 Group interview for eligible applicants who have passed the written exam
3 June 2022 Student selection results are published at the latest
15 July 2022 3:00 pm (Finnish time) Admitted applicants must confirm their study places

 

Eligibility

You can apply to a Bachelor’s degree programme at a university of applied sciences when you have completed:

  • the Finnish general upper secondary school syllabus and/or the Matriculation Examination
  • International Baccalaureate, German Reifeprüfung or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • a Finnish upper secondary vocational qualification (120 credit units) or an equivalent previous vocational qualification with a minimum scope of 80 credit units
  • a Finnish post-secondary or higher vocational level diploma
  • further vocational qualification or specialist vocational qualification or an equivalent previous qualification
  • foreign education that provides eligibility to apply for higher education in the country in question
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree

Refugee or refugee-like situation

If you are a refugee or in a refugee-like situation and you cannot prove your eligibility through documentary evidence, HAMK can consider whether you can be invited to the entrance exam. You must prove the refugee status by reference to a decision made by competent authority and submit a copy of it to the Admission Services within 7 days after the application period has ended.

Required english language proficiency

Applicants English language skills will be tested in the entrance examinations. No language skills certificates are required.

Application practicalities

  1. Check the eligibility requirements and get familiar with the admission criteria of the study programme to which you are planning to apply.
  2. Find out if you are required to attach documents to your application. You can find this information from the website of the study programme to which you are applying at Studyinfo.fi.
  3. Submit an online application at www.studyinfo.fi.
  4. Get ready for the entrance examinations by reading carefully the material sent to you in the entrance examination invitation.
  5. Participate in the entrance examinations

The student selection results of the joint application to higher education in spring 2021 will be published by 4 June 2021 and admitted applicants must confirm their study place by 16 July 2021 at 3:00 pm Finnish time at the latest.

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA students

As a non-EU/EEA-citizen you are required to pay tuition fees for Bachelor’s degree studies.

The tuition fee must be paid at the time of confirming the study place. The fee must be paid at once and cannot be paid in installments. Please notice: tuition fees are charged directly by HAMK and should never be paid through third parties (i.e. educational agents).

You can be exempted from paying tuition fees if you:

  • have an EU Blue Card granted in Finland
  • have a continuous residence permit card in Finland, type A permit
  • have a permanent residence permit card in Finland, type P permit
  • have an EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland
  • have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)
  • proof from the Finnish Immigration Services that I have registered, or applied to register, my EU right to residence in Finland (UK-citizens)

In order to be exempted from paying tuition fees, please attach a copy of one of the above-mentioned documents to your application at Studyinfo.fi. The document must be downloaded to your application within one week after the application period has ended. Check the exact time from the timetable.

Please notice: if you receive one of the documents mentioned above at any point of the admission process, please contact the Admission Services.

EU/EEA students

There will be no tuition fee for EU/EEA citizens. In order to be exempted from paying tuition fees you need to attach one of the following documents to your application at Studyinfo.fi:

  • Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland (citizens of Finland are not required to provide proof of their citizenship as it will be verified from the population register)

The document must be downloaded to your application within one week after the application period has ended. Check the exact time from the timetable.

Please visit Tuition fees and scholarships -page for more detailed information.

Student selection criteria

Students are selected on the basis of the points awarded for entrance examination.

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY APPLICATION - ADMISSION CRITERIA

 

All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance examination. Detailed instructions and information will be given in the invitation letter. The invitation letters will be sent by e-mail. The entrance examination will be conducted online on 11 August 2021.

Content of the entrance examination
The entrance exam consists of two parts: a design assignment and an English language test.

Pre-reading materials
There is no pre-reading material.

 

 

Entrance examinations

  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic recommendations Smart and sustainable designs entrance exam will be held online.

Content of the entrance examination

All eligible applicants will be invited to the entrance examination. Detailed instructions and information will be given in the invitation letter. The invitation letters will be sent in the middle of March by e-mail.

The entrance exam will be conducted on  6 and 7 April 2021.

The entrance examination consists of a series of tasks that measure suitability and motivation for the design field, creative problem-solving skills, technical skills and visual presentation skills. Applicants are required to pass each task. Therefore, the entrance exam and the completion of each of its tasks is a prerequisite for being selected. In addition, applicants must receive at least half (50%) of the maximum mark (100 p) in the entrance examination. HAMK's cultural sector does not cooperate in the selection process and therefore does not accept the selection examination made at another university.

Pre-reading materials

There is no pre-reading material.

Co-operating degree programmes

HAMK's Degree Programme in Smart and Sustainable Design is not in co-operation with any other degree programmes in terms of entrance examinations. If you wish to be admitted to this degree programme you need to participate in the entrance examination organized on 6 and 7 April 2021.

Entrance examinations outside of Finland

HAMK does not organize entrance examinations outside of Finland in the joint application for higher education. If you wish to take the exam in your home country you should apply in the direct application to HAMK.

Special arrangements at entrance examinations

Print and fill in the Application for special arrangements and deliver it with the enclosures to the admissions office of each higher education institution you have applied to no later than 7 days after the application period has ended. For more information, consult the website(s) of the higher education institution(s) you have applied to. Your application need to have reached the higher education institution by 27 January, 2021, 3 p.m.

Should your need for individual arrangements emerge after the deadline, please deliver the application to the admissions office(s) as soon as possible.
NB! Exceptions to the deadlines and instructions regarding enclosures can occur. Always check the specific admission criteria of the programme you are applying to.

Required enclosures

Please enclose to your application copies of certificates that validate your need for individual arrangements (e.g. a doctor’s certificate or an equivalent statement on the type of disability/illness at hand or a statement of dyslexia or learning disability). If you are applying for support measures, e.g. additional time, because of dyslexia, a statement from a speech therapist, qualified special education teacher, psychologist familiar with dyslexia or a specialist doctor (e.g. children’s neurologist, neurologist or phoniatrist) should be enclosed. The statement should entail which support measures you need due to the dyslexia. The higher education institution may accept the equivalent decision from the Finnish matriculation examination board as long as the support measures you were offered are stated there.

How long the certificate or statement is valid, is assessed case by case depending on the durability of the disability, illness or learning disability. Statements of dyslexia are valid when they have been issued at 16 years of age or later. Do not send original copies of any statements or certificates. However, should you be admitted to a study place, be prepared to present the original copies when the studies commence. Information concerning the applicant’s health is confidential (JulkL 24§).

Notification on granted special arrangements

The higher education institution responsible for the entrance examination will contact you by e-mail or by post well before the exam date to inform you on the practical arrangements. If you are dissatisfied with the granted arrangements, contact the higher education institution in question.

The notification on granted individual arrangements only applies to the specified study programme/entrance examination and is valid only on the specified exam date.

Student selection results

The student selection results of the joint application will be published by 3 June 2022 at the latest.

You will be sent an e-mail if you are offered a study place. You then have time until 15 July 2022 at 3:00 pm (Finnish time) to confirm the study place using the link included in the message or by logging in to My Studyinfo -service with online banking credentials, mobile certificate or an electronic ID card.

Please notice that once you confirm the study place you cannot anymore accept any other study places leading to a higher education degree in Finland if the studies begin in the same academic term. The one-study-place-per-term-provision applies to higher education regardless of how the studies are provided. For example, if you have already accepted a study place offered to you in some direct application, you cannot then anymore accept a study place from the joint application if the study programme begins in the same academic term.

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ASTEITA-DEGREES: Suomen lasialan koulutus / Finnish glass education
Suomen Lasimuseossa 29.10.–31.12.2021
(in English below)

HAMKin lasialan opiskelijat ovat osana Suomen lasialan koulutusta esittelevässä näyttelyssä. Näyttelyssä mukana ovat myös Aalto- yliopisto, Lapin yliopisto, Tavastia sekä Sasky. Näyttelyn toteuttaminen pohjautuu monikansalliseen hakemukseen, jonka tavoitteena käsin valmistettuun lasiin liittyvä tieto, tekniikka ja taito nimetään Unescon ihmiskunnan aineettoman kulttuuriperinnön luetteloon. Suomen näkökulma kyseisessä hakemuksessa on koulutus ja muotoilu.
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The glass design students of HAMK are a part of an exhibition presenting the Finnish glass education. Other participants are Aalto University, University of Lapland, Tavastia and Sasky. The implementation of the exhibition is based on a multinational application for the designation of knowledge, technology and skill related to handmade glass on the UNESCO list of the intangible cultural heritage of mankind. Finland's perspective in this application is education and design. 

Kuvan teos: Eveliina Tahvanainen
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Strange magic lands into an amazing amusement park at night!🎡 Hanna Isosomppi, HAMK's fashion design student, created this Harlequin collection 2021. Check the whole fashion film: @hannaisosomppi 👉 Link in bio!
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It has been almost a year since the first Smart and Sustainable Design students started their study path at HAMK. Isabel Torres Aspa is one the students of this group.

Isabel is originally from Spain but she has already lived in Finland about five years. She says that she has always been interested in arts and design, and that’s why she ended up applying to HAMK and design studies.

Isabel chose as her major glass and ceramics and she has really liked it. Even though the pandemic situation changed the first year of studies and required a lot of remote working with computer, she has had a chance to go to the campus two days a week and work with her hands since glass and ceramics is done in the workshops.
 
Read Isabel’s full student story on our blog.👉 Link to the blog is in bio.👈
 
And remember, you can apply to study Smart and Sustainable Design too!💎
The supplementary application is open until 4th of August 2021, 3pm (Finnish time). So be quick!⚡
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