Transition Design Sprint: How to design pathways to the future? (5 ECTS)

Transition Design bounds together futures, design and system thinking and their methodology. Its aim is to tackle complex, even wicked problems, to create concrete multi-stage plans to achieve preferable futures. Transition Design is transdisciplinary field that stresses the role of societies and individuals as actors for any system level change. The aim of the study unit is to provide the 3UAS students understanding how to apply Transition Design in their working environment. The main lecturer of the implementation is Zeynep Falay von Flittner

Futures Week is for Bachelor and Master’s degree students and the staff of 3UAS. There will be 60 places available for the course. The course is especially suitable for people interested in broadening their understanding of service design and foresight methodology and learning tangible tools to apply in their work environment. However, no previous studies in either of the disciplines is required. The assessment criteria for Bachelor degree and Master degree students and the tasks included are different.


15th August – 7th November: Enrollment period

7th November: The deadline of the pre-assignment I: Selecting the group-work topic

21st November: The deadline of the pre-assignment II: Introduction to Transition Design

24th – 26th November: The Transition Design Sprint week at Haaga-Helia’s Pasila Campus, daily between 09:00-17:00

11th December: Deadline for individual assignment and peer review 

Learning objectives of the course

  • Explain the principles of Transition Design
  • Apply Transition Design approach and basic tools in authentic case study
  • Bachelor Level (AMK)/EQF6: explain the stages of Transition Design process
  • Master Level (YAMK)/EQF7: reflect the usability of Transition Design methodology in futures working life

Structure of the course

This five ECTS study unit is equivalent to 135h of work and consists of pre-assignment, 3-day Transition Design sprint, individual course report and a peer review. To pass the study unit, the student is required to submit the pre-assignment, individual course report and a peer review and to participate in all three days of the Sprint.

Note! It is not possible to participate in the sprint remotely.

Pre-assignment, (pass/fail)

The aim of the pre-assignment is to form groups for the transition Design Sprint and familiarize the participants to the principles of Transition Design. The pre-assignment includes videos and reflective questions. Submitting the assignment is a pre-requirement for participating in the Sprint.

Transition Design Sprint week

The three-day Sprint consist of lecturer led lectures and facilitation, but the main weight is on group work in multidisciplinary heterogenous teams. During the Sprint the teams apply the process and tools of Transition Design.

Individual Course Report, (Grades 1-5)

The students will reflect the theory and the applied process of Transition Design. The BA and the MA students have different study objectives and criteria for the task. The tasking will be published NLT 24th November in learning environment Canvas.


If you have questions related course’s timetables, content etc., you can contact the responsible course teacher:
  • Pasi Hario (

You may also contact the other contributing teachers:

  • Vesa Heikkinen (
  • Päivi Käri-Zein (
  • Annukka Jussila (
  • Leena Björkqvist (

If you have questions related enrolment or you want to cancel your enrolment, you can contact Heidi Isotalo (

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