From fashion industry to satellites, our graduate Tea Tüür started to work as a Design Thinker at Catapult Satellite Applications in Harwell, Oxford, this past April, just after graduating in January.
Now she looks back on her time with us and her personal development: “Design and Engineering is a truly unique study programme in Estonia, transmitting skills and knowledge that are relevant and sought-after in many modern international companies. It opened up my worldview, enabled me to gain international contacts and cross-disciplinary teamwork experience. I loved the topicality and diversity of the projects we could work on – no two semesters were alike.
I was uncertain about my career path when I started the programme. The most important thing I gained from D&E is the discovery of what I’m good or not-so-good at and what are the things in life I really care about. In addition to learning to analyse the cultural, social and economic changes in society, every student received feedback and support to assess their personal development.
I would definitely recommend D&E to a wide variety of people – whether at the start of their career or already well established; passionate about tech, design, business, psychology or all four. You are guaranteed to get a new perspective on things, learn a lot and meet a bunch of great people along the way!”
Since graduating in 2015, Taylan Acarsoy has been working as a creative director in an agency in his home country of Turkey. He’s responsible for preparing visuals for cosmetic, medical and technology firms, including designing exhibition areas, stands and promotional materials.
“The design understanding of the northern European countries has always drawn my attention. In the Design and Engineering programme, you are in a foreign country with traditions and lifestyles that are completely different, while working on interesting projects with people from every corner of the world. The greatest benefit of the programme for me was this experience. I improved my social and cooperative skills with people, and studying abroad for your higher education is always a good credential for the private sector.”
Right after defending his master’s thesis in June 2016, Aigar Tälli was hired by the leading supplier of car safety systems, Autoliv R&D department. Now he works as a product development engineer in Hamburg and looks back on his studies in the Design & Engineering joint programme at Tallinn University of Technology and Estonian Academy of Arts:
“The D&E programme offered by TUT/EAA can be considered a curriculum which may fundamentally change your point of view on how and why all things around us are made.
Having finished my bachelor’s in product development and production, I can speak about the transition from engineer to design engineer.
I had always been interested in “design” as such, but as it came out later, had not fully understood the meaning of the word. Usually people – including me – refer to “design” as the aesthetic value of a product. Well, that can only be called the tip of the iceberg of what you will learn in this programme.
The classical way of engineering works in the way of problem -> solution. Add a little bit of design thinking from D&E and it can show you that, firstly, there is not only one solution, and, secondly, that the problem at hand may even not be the actual one that needs fixing. You can come out with a great idea that is vastly different from and better than conventional solutions.
For me, this programme was a real eye-opener on various topics — from user-centered design, product branding, user interfaces to innovation management processes and many more. All of these are necessary to understand for a person who wants to call him or herself a designer engineer… a multidisciplinary thinker with innovative ideas.
All of the courses are led by professionals in their field with real-life experience and are an absolute pleasure to listen to and discuss with. Students with various backgrounds bring different ideas and perspectives to all of the work and discussions.
I would recommend this programme to people who are fond of product and service development, are open-minded, and would like to experience a world where design and engineering work together to create a better tomorrow.”
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