Design Academy

An inspiring hobby for curious souls!

The group of the Children’s Design Academy will meet on Mondays and Tuesdays from 17–19.30 at Piispankatu 8.

“The Peasants of Design”. During the autumn, you will get to know about the culture of Finnish peasants by designing and making functional products.

On the first time of the autumn term, we can step directly into the peasant era by visiting the Eemilä Home Museum - come along!

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 Peasants of Design

During the autumn semester you can explore Finnish peasant culture and its handmade items by  approaching design from the function´s perspective. In the Academy of Design you can learn what does practical and simple design mean and how it appeared in Finnish peasant culture. During the autumn, we will design and make functional objects and learn how Finnishness is related to designed objects.

  • Functionality
  • Material orientation
  • Design process

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The course fee for the autumn term is 110 € per child. The course fee includes tuition, materials used during the course and visit to the Eemilä Home Museum.

The autumn term consists of 14 lessons, 35 hours in total (2,5 h/lesson).

The Childrens´ Design Academy has the opportunity to apply for free student places with a free-form application.


For more information: Eija Tanninen-Komulainen, 044 731 8000, info(at)


”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