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.

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.

Demo Day

Contact Information

Contact the Department of Media

Department of Media Demo Day

Events

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

HPM conference
Conferences and workshops

CANCELLED: Helsinki Photomedia 2020

The theme of the 5th Helsinki Photomedia Conference in 2020 is Images Among Us.
The conference brings together international photography researchers and academics. It offers various platforms where artistic, philosophical, social, cultural, economic and technological approaches to photography meet.
vk20
Conferences and workshops

Cancelled: Visualizing Knowledge 2020

VK20 invites you into a collective exploration of democracy and the role of knowledge visualization in democracy. Now, more than ever, the visualization of knowledge plays a vital role in the democratic process. Topics we will explore include; open data, visualizations in elections, government reports for decisionmakers, democratic journalism, the accessibility of data and information, and the visualization of global themes and concerns.

VK20 brings together visualization experts, researchers, educators, innovators, and enthusiasts to envision how we can make democracy more visual, and thereby, enabling more people to be informed participants in democracy. We will collaboratively ideate and imagine how data visualization and information design can be utilized to unleash the potential of democracy.
7th Art of Research Conference
Conferences and workshops

Art of Research Conference VII: Authorship and Responsibility

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

News

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

Helsinki Biennial 2020
Research & Art Published:

Samir Bhowmik in Helsinki Biennial 2020

Samir Bhowmik reflects on how humans hijack nature with their infrastructure and technology.
Maria REhbinder
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Finnfoto Award 2020: Maria Rehbinder

The Finnfoto Award is given annually to an individual or organization that has contributed significantly to the development of Finnish photography, as well as creating the conditions for increasing appreciation of photography.
new media
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Engaging audience and space

New Media MA student Robbert Groenendijk has been selected to create an installation for Mänttä Art Festival 14.6.–31.8.2020. His upcoming work "Protocol" places the visitors within the data flow between two computers.
Annual Review: Dean Tuomas Auvinen, professor Jenni Reuter, HR Coordinator Hanna Nurmela. Photo: Enni Grundström
Honoured, Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Aalto ARTS Annual Review celebrated the highlights of 2019

Nine awards and prizes were presented 5 February 2020 at the traditional get-together for Aalto ARTS faculty, staff and students.

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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