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Department of Art

Department of Art

The Department of Art educates and prepares professionals in the fields of art education, visual culture, curating, and contemporary art. The department is recognized internationally for high-quality artistic and art pedagogical activities,  scholarship, and research.

 

Photo: Railtrack Songmaps, 2018, Lucy Davis

Lucy Davis Railtrack Songmaps - Department of Art

About us

The department has three study programs that are taught by leading scholars and practioncers in their field. The programs focus on the combinaton of theory and practice—praxis— and transdisciplinary artistic and arts-based research.

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Study options

The Department offers degrees in Art Education, Nordic Visual Studies, and Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art. Find out the dates and application procedure for each programme from the study option specific page.

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Research and artistic activities at the Department of Art

The research and artistic activities of Department of Art takes place in the fields of contemporary art, art education, visual culture, and curating. The department has a long tradition with artistic and philosophical production and many researchers’ work emphasises contemporary, critical, political and societal entanglements of art, curating, and pedagogy.

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Research at the Department of Art

Doctoral studies at the Department of Art

Doctoral studies through the Department of Art focus on research through contemporary art practices, visual culture phenomena and research in art education and curating.

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Doctoral studies at the Department of Art

Past conferences

Department of Art has hosted many conferences such as The European regional InSEA Congress. Read more on our conferences listing page.

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News

News from the Department of Art and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Marja Rastas. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.
Aalto Magazine, Research & Art Published:

What are arts teachers needed for, Marja Rastas?

The world contains a void in art education, says Lecturer of Visual Arts Pedagogy.
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University Published:

Search for Heads of Departments at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture

The Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture requests applications or nominations for suitable candidates for positions of Heads of Departments´ at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
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University Published:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture is searching for Vice Deans

The Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture requests applications or nominations for suitable candidates for position of Vice Dean of Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Kalle Keinonen / Theo Weckström. Kuva: Veera Konsti
Studies, University Published:

Kalle Keinonen was nominated the Ceremonial Garland Weaver for the School of Arts, Design and Architecture

For the first time in the school’s history the position is held by a male student. The piece of jewerly for the Ceremonial Garland Weaver was designed by Theo Weckström.

Events

Events from the Department of Art and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

The Department of Art Research Assemblage
Lectures and seminars

Department of Art Research Assemblage April

The Department of Art Research Assemblage in April will be held on the 25th of April in Väre building Q202. Presentations by Pia Euro and Sasha Huber.
Lisa Erdman´s dissertation
Dissertations

Defence in the field of Art Education: MFA Lisa Erdman

The dissertation, Performing false hope, examines the dialogical outcomes and ethical issues that emerged from Finnexia®, the primary artistic production of this artistic research. The Finnexia production consisted of a multimedia advertisement campaign for a (fictitious) medication that helps people learn the Finnish language. Finnexia was presented as a performance intervention in the Helsinki Railway Station over the course of three days, in 2012. The performance intended to generate a space for public dialogue about the experience of the foreigner in Finland and the process of learning the Finnish language. As a secondary goal, Finnexia aimed to present a satirical critique of overmedicalization and the proliferation of pill-based treatments for human ailments.
Avantgarde, tiede ja teknologia
Lectures and seminars

Network of Finnish Avant-garde and Modernism (FAM) seminar

Avantgarde, tiede ja teknologia; kolmas FAM -seminaari Väreessä 29.4.2019
Dissertations

Defence in the field of Art Education: MA Taneli Luotoniemi

Although our everyday perception of space tells us that it is composed of three spatial dimensions of length, height and width, it is possible to imagine a space having four spatial directions that are exactly identical with respect to each other, and meet at right angles. This concept of a four-dimensional space has had a profound and lasting effect not only on philosophy, mysticism, mathematics, and theoretical physics, but also on fiction and visual arts.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious universities in its fields. We educate students to create imaginative, collaborative, compassionate and unconventional approaches to the most pressing challenges of today.

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Students riding bikes in front of the Aalto University Väre building, photo by Unto Rautio
Updated 4.4.2019
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