Design Academy

A creative outlet for enthusiastic people!

The group of the Adults’ Design Academy will meet on Wednesdays from 5–8 PM at Piispankatu 8. The theme of autumn 2023 is "The Stone Age and the birth of design". During the semester, we get to know the basics of design using natural materials!

Program (in Finnish)

The Adults’ Design Academy is suited for adults of all ages. No previous knowledge of design or arts and crafts is needed. The curriculum follows Finnish design history; different themes and study modules are explored both in theory and with new techniques. The studies in the Adults’ Design Academy are goal-oriented but easy-going, not forgetting coffee breaks.

The adult group is a mix of serious study, joy and easy-going humour. Come along!

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 Stone Age and the birth of design

Primitive forms and functionality have been part of the creation of the design since the beginning.

During the semester, we get to know the basics of design through elements familiar from the Stone Age. At the beginning of the timeline of the history of Finnish design, the senses are opened to design and natural materials are utilized.

  • senses and natural materials
  • reduction
  • basic shapes and dimensions
  • the object's development arc

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The course fee for the autumn semester is 150 €/per student plus 10 € material fee. The course fee includes tuition, materials used for the course tasks.

The autumn semester consists of 17 lessons, 51 hours in total (3 h/lesson).

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

The course is taught by

Sanja Kainu, desingner
044 731 8010
sanja.kainu (at)

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”JOY, SURPRISE, THRILL! The first academic year has been overwhelmingly full of the joy of having fun in easy-going company under the guidance of excellent teachers.”

Helena Grönqvist, 53


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