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Department of Teacher Education
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 5)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Home Economics and Home Economics teacher education,
Craft Science and Textiles teacher education

PO Box 8 (Siltavuorenpenger 10)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Special education
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Centre for Educational Assessment
PO Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 3 A)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

tel. +358 294 1911 (switchboard)
fax +358 2941 29611

Craft Studies and Craft Teacher Education


Craft science is characterised by diversity, multidisciplinarity and research-orientation. Teaching is problem-based, questioning and description of phenomena related to crafts. An important feature is the interaction between knowledge formation and design and manufacturing processes related to scientific thinking.  The teaching is based on research, which in turn is in close interaction with manufacturing. The basic and intermediate studies of Craft Science have been divided into: 1) basics of Craft Science, 2) studies in design and manufacture of craft products, and 3) basics of Craft Science research. In the advanced studies, the aforementioned content areas are supplemented by project studies and a thesis. Subject-specific studies focus on textile materials and techniques required in working with them.

A key objective of Craft Science is to strengthen and develop the special characteristics of the education as integrating various skills and research. Production of new knowledge, societal interaction, and national and international networking all play a major role. 

The students have the opportunity to choose from two degree programme alternatives: Textiles Teacher education or Craft Science education.

The Textiles Teacher education comprises studies both in Craft Science and Education (teachers’ pedagogical studies) and students graduating with a Master’s degree will have a qualification to work as textiles teachers.  Studies in Craft Science education do not entail teachers’ pedagogical studies, which are replaced by other minor subject studies and students graduating from the discipline are employed, for example, as researchers, experts or in development duties. 

Degree programmes:
Textiles Teacher Education
Studies in Textiles Teacher Education combine manual skills and scientific and applied subject-specific knowledge with pedagogical skills. Craft Science and Education are studied side-by-side all through the studies. The aim is to produce teachers who are willing to research their own work.

The majority of textiles teachers are employed in the educational sector as teachers. Graduates from the education also work in retail, industry and media. Teachers’ pedagogical skills are useful even in tasks which do not entail teaching but in which leadership, interaction skills and ability to control group situations are appreciated.

The key aim of Textiles Teacher education is to ensure that crafts and crafts skills remain part of general education and lifelong learning. Crafts can be used to develop creative and cognitive processes, such as planning skills and problem-solving, as well as organisation and evaluation of work.  

Approximately 30 new students are admitted to the education annually.

Craft Science Education
Education is aimed at students who are interested in Craft Science without teacher education. Education provides the students with extensive competence for research, expert and development duties, as well as the design and manufacture of a textile product which takes into account the whole lifecycle of the product. Various combinations of minor subjects also increase the graduates’ opportunities to seek new kinds of work duties in emerging areas.

Research goals of Craft Science may be:

  • crafts professional
  • design and manufacturing processes of products
  • products and product development
  • equipment, machinery and tools required in the manufacture of crafts products
  • relationship between crafts products and culture
A maximum of three new students are admitted to the education annually.