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. Theme for the spring 2023 is “Back to the Future”. During the spring, we get to know the design, materials and techniques of the future!

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)

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.

Back to the Future

Product development and innovation - the design of the future is here! During the semester, we envision the world of the future from our own perspective. We design objects and services that are needed in everyday life, but which do not yet exist. We learn that design work starts from a need and an idea, and we practice visualizing our own idea.

  • Sketching
  • Development and innovation
  • Prototype
  • Service design
  • Presenting an idea

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The course fee for the spring semester is 130 €/per student. The course fee includes tuition, materials used during the course.

The spring semester consists of 17 lessons, 42,5 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. 

The course is taught by

Maiju Pääkkönen, designer 

044 731 8031


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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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