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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.

Degree Programme in Photography

1965 A part of the Department of Camera Art at the Institute of Industrial Art
1973 Photography as an independent field of study at TAIK
Distinct BA and MA in Photography since 1994
Doctoral Studies since 1983, the first doctorate degree 1997
Helsinki School established 1995
- strong internationalization began at Stockholm Art Fair 1998
Centre of Excellence in Artistic Activity, 1995 and 2000

Media Lab

Founded in 1993
First transdisciplinary MA programme in 1994
Doctoral programme since 1995
Research groups since 1997
No BA programme, all students have a BA or equivalent before enrolling

MA in New media, with major subjects:

  1. New Media Design and Production
  2. Game Design and Production
  3. Sound in New Media

Courses available for exchange and minor subject students.
∼45 staff (4 professors, 5 lecturers)

Degree Programme in Visual Communication Design

The Unit of Visual Communication Design dates back to 1927. During 2007–2009, the degree programme was granted the title Unit of Artistic Excellence for its artistic and professional achievements. In terms of applicants, it persists as one of the most popular programmes in the School of Art, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS).

The visual communication design graduates work in publishing, illustration, non-profit organizations, as well as marketing and advertising, to name but a few.  A growing number of graduates are choosing entrepreneurship, seeking new ways for the designer to engage with the society.

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