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Kaakkois-Suomen ammattikorkeakoulu (XAMK), South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK) Culture Sector (Design)

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Mission Statement

South-Easter Finland University of Applied Sciences focuses on promoting positive changes in the industrial structure of the province and the development of innovative, responsible industries in the region, as well as reinforcement of Kymenlaakso’s logistic position and management of changes in the population structure. The only independent higher education institution in the province, South-Easter Finland University of Applied Sciences focuses on high-quality education and RDI activities.

International Role

Xamk's Culture sector has a wide range of Erasmus university partners all over Europe. Student exchange and work placement as well as staff mobility from and to Xamk Culture sector are active. KyUAS Design has launched and organized a series of national design competitions for design students, called Modo. This competition has later on developed on to international level: Baltic Modo 2009, Media Modo 2010 and the latest: Euro Modo 2011. Students from partner universities have been active participants in these competitions. Joint seminars and workshops have been arranged during the competition processes. KyUAS Culture sector has also been active in EU projects like Leonardo projects (eg. IDE-EDI –project 2003-06, in which KUAS Design co-ordinated the project). With non-EU partners especially KUAS Media has been active with a Russian university partner with educational exchange and joint projects.

National Role

Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences is the only higher level educational institution in Kymenlaakso region and therefore its role in general and the role of KyUAS Culture sector especially for Kouvola region is fundamental. KyUAS offers some nationally unique and popular degree programme orientations in the design & media sector and the statistic figures like applicants per study places have been high during the recent years.

Main Focus

The Culture sector of Design and Media at South-Easter Finland University of Applied Sciences educates future professionals for the fields of design, media and restoration. We emphasise a visual and contextual approach in education, use of technology and development of the student’s communicative skills. Design and Media is a part of the faculty of International Business and Culture. Close cooperation and joint-projects with the Business unit promote entrepreneurial working methods. On practical, educational level it requires vocational product and service design projects in collaboration with companies. The degree is Bachelor of Culture and Arts, either in Design, Media Communication or Restoration.

Faculties and Departments

Design Programme in Bioproduct Design

Degree Programme in Fashion and Costume Design

Degree Programme in Game Design

Degree Programme in Graphic Design

Degree Programme in Interior architecture & Furniture design

Degree Programme in Service Design

Master`s Degree Programme in Service Design 


Bachelor Level Programs

Bachelor of Culture and Arts in: – Design – all 240 ECTS credits – estimated duration time: 4 years


Master Level Programs

– Master`s of Culture and Arts in Design – 60 ECTS credits – estimated duration time: 1,5 – 2 years

Research Activity and Main Areas

The Kymi Design&Business unit is the RDI (research, development & innovation) unit of Media and Design. It realizes design, media and product development projects either as research schemes or as direct commissions from enterprises. The current & main orientations in the research field are: – Boatbuilding design – Computer game industry – Wood construction development

Doctorate Level Programs


Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Design: basic studies, various design studios, professional software courses, art courses, professional projects – briefing also in English Design (taught in English) – same as above Media – same as above Restoration – same as above

Application Deadlines

Incoming: June 1st (autumn semester), November 1st (spring semester) Outgoing: between December 1st – January 31st

Teaching Languages

Finnish English (Degree Programme in Design, also briefing & tutoring in English for exchange-students on most courses)

Semester Dates

autumn semester: September 1 – December 15 spring semester: January 3 – May 25

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Costs approximately: 600 € / student / month – including all basic costs of living


Bachelor: 580
Master: -
Doctorate: -

Exchange Students

Incoming: 25
Outgoing: 25

Teaching Staff

Professors: 2-3
Lectures: 25
Part-time Teachers: 12-15

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