About DfG

Are you interested in designing with the public sector and government?

We think Helsinki Design Lab and Design Driven City programme of Finland, Policy Lab under the UK Cabinet, MindLab of Denmark, Public Policy Lab of New York are just the beginning. Now the emergent domain of design requires a new set of skills and the right mindset with rigour.

Design For Government (DfG, MUO-E8012) is a 10-ECTS advanced studio course under Aalto Creative Sustainability master’s programme exploring the potential utility of design in the solving complex challenges of the government and public sector with emphases on systems approach, empathic design and behavioural insight.

In 2014, we worked with the Ministry of Environment with high-level and complex design challenges, and for 2015 we are working with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Schedule in 2016

DfG runs for 14 weeks from Feb through May (periods IV-V). Contact sessions are on Tuesdays at Arabia Campus (Hämeentie 135 A, Helsinki). More detailed   schedule can be found here:


10 ECTS = 275 hours of workload = 19.64 hours per week = roughly 3 full working days

Be prepared to work more if you are unfamiliar with systems approach, empathic design and behavioural insight. As this is an advanced studio course we assume that you are acquainted with the basics.

More information and updates

Course website http://dfg-course.aalto.fi
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/designforgovernment
Twitter http://twitter.com/Design_For_Gov