Department of Media

Department of Media

The Department of Media is an academic community of approximately 500 students and 80 staff members. We conduct research and provide education in Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programmes across a broad range of subjects and themes.

The study programmes and research of the department are organised within three units; Media Lab, Photography and Visual Communication Design. The programmes from the Department of Media are some of the most popular in terms of applicants.

Important notice! The departments of Art and Media at Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture are merging, as of 1st January 2022. Professor Harri Laakso has been appointed as Head of the new Department of Art & Media.

All existing operations in education and research of the Department of Art and the Department of Media will continue in 2022, within the context of the new Department of Art & Media. The web pages of the old departments of Art and Media (here) will continue to serve until such time that the new department’s web pages have been published.

Media Lab Demo Day

Study Options

The Department offers degrees in New Media, Visual Communication Design and Photography. Annual application period is from November to December for MA and March for DA studies. Find out the dates and application procedure for each programme from the study option specific page.

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Prototype at Media Lab Demo Day

Research at the Department of Media

Our research activities include practice-led and basic research on art and design related topics, including visual communication and photography, visual communication design, media culture and heritage, new media design and learning, sound design as well as computer games.

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Eva Durall's defence on Nov 1st 2018 - Department of Media Photo: Hilla Kurki

About Us

We are a key contributor to the artistic and research scene in both Finland and abroad. Shaping the future of the field of media through academics, we provide education to future game changers.

Our faculty members also are an active part of the both artistic and academic field. They are responsible for teaching in our portfolio of Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs.

Our Story

The Department of Media was formed within Aalto University 2010 by a merger of the Media Lab with the units of Visual Communication Design and Photography.

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Contact Information: Department of Media

Contact the Department of Media

Department of Media Demo Day

Events

The latest events from the department and more are listed here.

Spring Demo Day 2022
Exhibitions

Aalto Media Lab Spring Demo Day 2022

The Demo Day is an open gathering of the Media Lab's students, alumni, staff and friends. You are all welcome!

News

Find out the latest news from the Department of Media here.

Työelämäprofessori Sebastian Schlecht soittamassa virtuaalimaailmassa. Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto
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Inside the Quartet takes the audience to the virtual world of string quartets

Professional acoustics and sound specialists have been involved in implementing the virtual reality installation that will be on display in Hanover and Helsinki in May and at Our Festival in Järvenpää and Tuusula in July.
Photo from Art & Tech Open Call Demo Day event.
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Aalto Digital Creatives Art & Tech Open Call ‘22 received a record number of applications

Art & Tech Open Call ‘22 winners will be selected at the Media Lab Demo Day event on 1.6.2022.
Festival poster
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Art for All festival returns in August

The cross-artistic festival will take place 26.-28.8.2022 in the Helsinki Botanical Garden. The event features pieces from performing arts to installations and audiovisual works.
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Kone Foundation donates 800 000 euros to Aalto University's area of art and design

With this donation, the foundation wants to support research in the arts and artistic research in particular. The aim is to safeguard the diversity of disciplines and freedom of research in fields of education that have suffered from funding cuts and educational policy prioritisation.

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 our 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
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