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.

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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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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

Contact the Department of Media

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Events

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

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Dissertations

Defence of doctoral thesis in the field of Visual Communication Design, MA Laura Valojärvi

Valojärvi’s doctoral research offers a new way to think about creative resources that will help people to achieve and sustain creative well-being.
HyMEx 2021 Hybrid Museum Experience Symposium
Conferences and workshops

Join the HyMEx online symposium’s programme

In 2021, the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art organises HyMEx, a symposium that aims at deconstructing and reconstructing the hybrid museum experience through the involvement of pluridisciplinary angles. The online symposium involves more than 20 international speakers from all around the world.
HyMEx 2021 Hybrid Museum Experience Symposium
Conferences and workshops

CALL FOR PAPERS – HyMEx 2021 Hybrid Museum Experience Symposium

Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest) aims to bring together leading researchers, scholars in digital and experimental museology, collection care, curatorial practice, art mediation, as well as researchers from a broad spectrum of discplines to exchange views on challenging situations and latest innovations in the field of hybrid museum experiences, with a focus on contemporary art.
Aalto Media Lab Demo Day
Exhibitions and fairs

Aalto Media Lab Spring Demo Day 2021

The annual Aalto Media Lab Spring Demo Day is coming up again!

News

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

Pauliina Pasasen väitös käsitteli valokuvaajaksi oppimista.
Research & Art Published:

‘A photographer is born together with the camera, through many different encounters’

In her doctoral thesis, Pauliina Pasanen examined learning to be a photographer.
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Studies Published:

Experience: Change course for peace and understanding

The Koe: Muutos (Experience: Change) course delved into questions related to design activism, peace processes and creating mutual respect in spring term 2021.
Pystyssä auki olevan kirjan sivuilla näkyy kuva polyyppi hydrasta ja viereisellä sivulla tekstiä.
Honoured Published:

Immortal and Art as We Don’t Know It among the Most Beautiful Books

Books published by Aalto ARTS Books gain another recognition.
Opiskelijat Milena Rinne ja Hanna-Kaisa Eskelinen loivat Aalto ARTS 150 vuotta -juhlavuoden ilmeen.
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This year we celebrate Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture

We have been educating creative professionals for 150 years.

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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