Apply to Design for Government 2021!

Are you interested in designing for the government? Apply to DFG 2021!
Deadline for applications 31 Jan 2021.

Apply – in 2 steps

In the Design for Government course, the right mix of students and individual motivations are crucial. Addressing complex challenges benefits from a variety of backgrounds, skills and disciplines while critical thinking and creativity are important for developing new frontiers of design in the governmental sector. We therefore do not admit students on a first-come-first-serve basis but through the application process described below. Applications are reviewed and selected by the teaching team (final responsibility lies with the course leader).

1. Reflect on the final presentation videos from DfG 2019 or 2020

Check out the ministries 2019 project briefs and 2020 project briefs, and choose your favourite project brief. Watch the videos, and then choose your favourite student presentation. Write a reflection about your favourite student presentation (500 words max): propose three points for further improvement or investigation and say something about how your competencies could contribute.

2. Fill out the application form

Enter your written reflection and additional info in this form.


You can apply if you have a valid study right at any school in Finland as long as you are a master’s student and your institution is under JOO-Agreement.

If you are not an Aalto student please follow these steps:

1. Fill out the JOO application form by 31st October 2020:

2. Fill out the DfG application form

JOO instruction for students applying to Aalto University:


10ECTS over two periods means a workload of 2.7 – 3 full working days per week. Avoid taking another big course at the same time! This is an advanced studio course, you would need to work more if you are unfamiliar with human-centered design or systems approaches.

More about the course schedule and assignments please check previous years MyCourses pages for DfG 2020. The course will follow the same structure. My Courses DfG 2021 page will be created with an updated schedule and dates in January.

Contact teaching days are on Mondays, at Aalto’s Otaniemi campus.

DfG 2021

This course is designed to happen on-site at the Aalto University campus*. You must be present in the contact sessions and during teamwork, which means you have to be in Helsinki for the 14-week course.

* Due to the Covid 19 pandemic situation, the teaching of this course can be arranged in part remotely and changes in teaching time and location may occur. Follow the course’s MyCourses page for updated information.

Key dates

    • Deadline for applications 31st January 2021 (end of day, 17:00)
    • Decision about selection 8th February 2021 (or sooner)
    • Course period: Study periods IV and V
    • Course starts on 1st March and Final Show is on 24th May.

Course cooperation

Starting in 2018, Design for Government is taught in parallel with the 5ECTS ‘Designing for Urban Governance and Services,’ which provides a complementary foundation in relevant theories and case studies. It’s possible to take both courses simultaneously (contact teaching is co-located for both courses on Tuesdays) for a total 15ECTS. There’s no application for ‘Designing for Urban Governance and Services’, register directly through WebOodi either at Aalto or University of Helsinki.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions in the process, consult our FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) page on this website.

Still more Questions?

Email course leader Núria Solsona 

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