Design Academy

An inspiring hobby for curious souls!

The theme for Spring 2024 is Medieval Time - a new era of design.

During this term, students will study the secrets of printing and medieval castles, while learning about material-oriented design and proportions.

The children’s group for 7–9 years old on Mondays at 5–7.30 PM at Kuopion Academy of Design, Piispankatu 8

Program (in Finnish)

Th children’s group for 10–12 years old on Tuesdays at 5–7.30 PM at Kuopion Academy of Design, Piispankatu 8

Program (in Finnish)

In Childrens´ Design Academy you can learn designing and sketching. The semester is about exploring new materials and techniques as well as learning co-operation and creative problem-solving. In Kuopio Academy of Design we encourage you to invent, test and share your ideas!

The Academy of Design conducts an extensive curriculum of basic art studies with an emphasis on design. A certificate is obtained for the completed studies, which is useful, for example, when applying for art-oriented studies.

Medieval Time - A new era of design

Medieval castles and the development of printing technology. We learn to express our own solutions and to listen to and appreciate others. During the semester, students study material-based design and proportions. We meet the great visionaries and inventors of the era, and make experiments and observations on various materials. We learn how printing technology evolved and get to know the various printing techniques.

  • Materials
  • Printing technology
  • Inventions, mechanics
  • Scale models

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The course fee for the spring semester is 130 € per person.

The fee includes tuition, materials used in the course, and a trip to Olavinlinna on April 6, 2024. 

The spring semester consists of 17 sessions, with each session lasting 2.5 hours. One teaching session includes three 45-minute lessons and a break. Total of 51 hours in the semester.

At The Childrens´ Design Academy, it is possible to apply for free student position with a free-form application.

The course is taught by

Maiju Pääkkönen, designer, (7–9 years old) 
044 731 8031
maiju.paakkonen (at)

Sanja Kainu, desingner, (10–12 years old)
044 731 8010
sanja.kainu (at)

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”The Design Academy has been really nice and completely different from a normal school. More fun stuff is done here. It’s fun to do all kinds of woodwork and such.”

Niilo, 8


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