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Department of Art

Department of Art

The Department of Art is known for high quality artistic and art pedagogical activities, and scholarship and research. The department has three study programs that are taught by leading scholars and practioncers in their field. The programs focus on art education, Nordic visual studies, and visual culture and contemporary art. We offer a space for the development, construction and presentation of new knowledge and new skills about art, visual culture, curating, and pedagogy.

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The programs focus on art educationNordic visual studies, and visual cultures, curating and contemporary art. The course and program offerings help students build a well-rounded and well-tailored degree that supports both depth and breadth. In this sense, our degree structure offer students the possibility to either deepen their knowledge on their major/master degree subject or utilize the wide range of Aalto University’s multidisciplinary course offerings in their minor studies and electives, organized together with other Aalto schools. In addition, students can receive a minor from other Finnish universities through the JOO-program, or do an international exchange study abroad.


The Department of Art has an active and dynamic research unit consisting of doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, and professors. We conduct research on art and other forms of visual culture, and its practices and education, through a transdisciplinary approach that brings together theoretical and practical knowledge.

We are interested in developing critical, analytical, and artistic research skills that help to approach art and visual culture in their various contexts. Our research denotes an active process where one extends themselves to the world, works within the world, and examines and synthetizes knowledge, skills, and experiences that stem from that process.

Research Activities at the Department of Art

The Department of Art engages in research at all levels of programs, teaching, learning, and outreach.

research activities

Doctoral Studies at the Department of Art

The Department of Art, through Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, offers an international doctoral programme for those interested in conducting research on art and other forms of visual culture, and their practices and education.


The Department of Art has hosted a large array of meaningful conferences

Past conferences

This page is for past conferences

Other units working at the department

Department of Art is also home for the Centre for General Studies and the Pori Urban Platform

Centre for General Studies

Centre for General Studies (YoYo)

Pori Urban Platform

PUPA – Aalto University’s project multidisciplinary platform in Pori

Cotton factory


Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu
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The Kone Foundation grants for academic researchers at ARTS

A total of over 578 800 euro was awarded to research projects at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
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Introducing Bassam El Baroni, Assistant Professor in Curating and Mediating Art

Bassam came to Aalto in May 2018 from the Dutch Art Institute MA program at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Quantum Garden
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World premiere: Play Quantum Garden and help build a quantum computer!

Quantum Garden, a new and exciting Science and Art project, will be exhibited from 16.11 until 14.12. at A Bloc shopping center, Otaniemi.
Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka. Photographer: Veera Konsti.
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Artificial intelligence meets art

The story of AI will not be fully explored without the inclusion of art, believes doctoral student Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka, who wants to collide art and technology – while exploiting the tensions that exist between them.


Where to find us


Otaniementie 14. Open Mon-Thu 8.00-21.00, Fri 8.00-20.00, Sat 9.00-17.00.

Väre / aula / kuva: Mikko Raskinen