Teen's Design Academy

Creativity for the good ones!

The Teen´s Design Academy group meets on Thursdays from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Piispankatu 8.

The theme for Autumn 2024 is "The Peasants of Design." During the semester, we get to know Finnish peasant culture and learn traditional craft techniques and apply them in the design and implementation of new objects.

Program (in Finnish)

The Teen’s Design Academy is suited for all 13 to 16-year-olds interested in creativity and self-expression. The term includes a variety of learning new technologies, new materials, design and the history of Finnish design.

In addition to traditional tools, digital design tools and programs are used in the studies. In the teen group, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and teamwork and skills of expression are learnt. We encourage experimentation, taking initiative, exchanging views and sharing 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.

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
  • Aesthetics
  • Material orientation
  • Design process

Sign up

The course fee for the autumn semester is €140 per person.

The fee includes tuition, materials used in the course and a visit to Old Kuopio Museum (Kuopion korttelimuseo) August 21th 2024.

The autumn  semester consists of 16 sessions, with each session lasting 2.5 hours. One teaching session includes three 45-minute lessons and a break. Total of 48 lessons in the semester.

The course is taught by

A-P Inkinen, designer (BA).

Contact information: 044 731 8007, 

ap.inkinen (at)

Check out the autumn schedule and sign up via our website! (In Finnish)


"In Teen's Design Academy you learn to do things different way than usually.”
Karola, 14.


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