Department of Art

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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.

Degree Programmes

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Master's Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education (NoVA)

NoVA is a two-year masters programme that educates professionals and researchers of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication.

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Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA)

Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) is a two-year transdisciplinary Master’s Degree Programme at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland.

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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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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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(Im)possible Labor #3 – WWW³ (WORLD WIDE WEB - WILD WO.MEN WITCHES : WORLD WITHOUT WORK), 2019. Installation. Galleria Augusta, Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Sheung Yiu
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Call for Papers: Animals, Plants, Bryophytes, Lichen and Fungi in Contemporary Art and Research

Research in Arts and Education journal welcomes manuscripts for the February 2022 Issue.

The special issue of Research in Arts and Education focuses on exploring research with species other than humans. Diverse approaches to research and art are welcomed, including artistic research, theoretical and philosophical texts, art historical, postqualitative research, research working with art & science, educational and arts-based research.

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TICK TALKs: Questing Ticks with Laura Beloff, Kira O'Reilly and Jani Sormunen

Artists Laura Beloff and Kira O'Reilly discuss methods of tick population fieldwork with Jani Sormunen from University of Turku.

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Like Shadows Through Leaves premiers at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2021

The film Like Shadows Through Leaves by The Migrant Ecologies Project will premier at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2021 under International Competition.

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International Women's Day 2021: Feminist Practices and Practitioners from the MA ViCCA Programme

A series of contributions from practitioners who are speaking, listening, conversing, making, reading and writing about feminist practices.

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On the Philosophy of Central European Art Published by Rowman & Littlefield's Lexington Books

Senior University Lecturer Max Ryynänen's book is an introduction to the history of the concept and the institution of (fine) art, from its ancient Southern European roots to the establishment of the modern system of the arts in eighteenth century Central Europe.

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Artists from the peripheries in parallax research group take part in a performance: they hold a red string between them. They stand in a snowy forest.

peripheries in parallax: BRAVE NEW PERIPHERIES, Opening Conference and Art Event

peripheries in parallax: BRAVE NEW PERIPHERIES is a two-part conference mapping out the implications and alliances of ‘peripheries’ and ‘peripheral approaches’ through art, artistic research and related fields in society. Alongside the conference, a durational, curated Art Event ‘MATTER’ takes place at the Aalto University Campus. The opening event will be held on the 22nd January 2021.

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Museum of Impossible Forms wins State Art Prize 2020

ViCCA congratulates its students and alumni who have been active (and often founding) members of the Museum of Impossible Forms (est. 2017) – an anti-racist and queer-feminist cultural center in the suburb of Kontula – for the 2020 State Art Prize that they received from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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ViCCA Students Launch Walk & Talk Initiative: #1 Mushroom Picking in Nuuksio

The first ViCCA Walk & Talk took place on 17 October 2020 in the Nuuksio National Park.

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Doctoral Candidate Einat Amir presents her research as part of the Berlin Science Week 2020

The presentation will be about combining performance art and social psychology to increase empathy between different groups in society. It is part of her doctoral research and done in collaboration with Dr. Yossi Hasson, a social psychologist from the Hebrew University.

Comic artwork by Solip Park

NoVA alumni news: The Finnish Game Research Society (Suomen pelitutkimuksen seura Ry) has announced the winner of master thesis prizes of 2020 Game thesis competition

The Finnish Game Research Society (Suomen pelitutkimuksen seura Ry) has announced the winner of master thesis prizes of “2020 Game Thesis Competition” to Ms. Solip Park, one of the 2020 graduates from the Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education at Aalto.

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ViCCA's staff and students in front of the amphitheater on the Otaniemi campus. Sunny day of June.

Inaugural ViCCA CROW Awards & Graduation Picnic (and Senior CROW Award for Retiring Senior Lecturer, Taina Rajanti)

17.6.2020
On 17 June as we emerged from lockdown, the MA program in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) hosted an appropriately-socially-distanced, graduation picnic beside the Aalto University amphitheatre. 

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Mikko O. Koivisto's doctoral dissertation was awarded at the Most Beautiful Books 2019 competition

Mikko O. Koivisto's dissertation The Art of Egress: Madness, Horror, and the Pedagogy of Depsychiatrization has been selected for the Most Beautiful Books 2019 collection. The book was designed by Tuomas Kortteinen and printed by Unigrafia.

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Art as We Don’t Know It invites readers into the fascinating world of bioart

Art as We Don’t Know It presents a richly illustrated selection of artworks and bioart research.

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Anniina Suominen, an Associate Professor of Art Pedagogy at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She is standing in front of the camera, smiling, arms crossed. In the background there is a stack of logs.

Want to change the world? Call in the art educators!

Art educators can equip people to challenge the status quo and demand change. The secret lies in love, hope, empathy and community — plus art.

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Easy Riders and American Beauties: playing around with middle-class identity

Popular culture serves as a tool for shifting towards more flexible identities.

Events

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3rd International Conference on Disability Studies, Arts and Education

The 3rd international conference on disability studies, arts, and education brings together researchers, students, and members of the disability community who share an interest in, or whose work addresses, the intersections and interplay between critical disability studies, arts, and education. The scope of the general call for the conference comprises all art forms, as well as different contexts of education, such as primary education, artist education, and public pedagogy.

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MA ViCCA Thesis Presentations Spring 18 March 2021

The first presentation of 2021 from MA ViCCA graduating students will take place on Thursday 18 March.

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Laser Talks Helsinki Espoo Aalto University

LASER Talks: Adaptation and Bodies in Context

In what ways are we (humans) as a species able to adapt to the changes in our habitat and environment? And what does that imply?

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peripheries in parallax: BRAVE NEW PERIPHERIES

The event is a series of four 1-day online Conferences mapping out the implications and alliances of ‘peripheries’ and ‘peripheral approaches’ through art, artistic research and related fields in society.

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7th Art of Research Conference

Art of Research Conference VII: Authorship and Responsibility

Art of Research Conference: Authorship and Responsibility, Aalto University, Dec. 3-4 2020

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Aalto Sustainability Talks - Quality education for sustainable development

Quality education for sustainable development

This session of Aalto Sustainability Talks discusses education's role on sustainability and sustainable development through quality lenses.

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