Department of Media

Study Options

Prototype at Media Lab Demo Day

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

Master's Programme in New Media – Game Design and Production

Game Design and Production is a multidisciplinary major that offers a unique mix of technical and artistic aspects of game development. Students can apply for the major with any Bachelor’s degree, and accepted students include programmers, 3D artists, animators, creative writers, architects, and even psychologists.

Climbing wall

Master's Programme in New Media - New Media Design and Production

Would you like to explore the exciting opportunities new digital technology opens to communication, interaction and expression – and find a career where you can utilise your creativity? New Media Design and Production is a major subject within the Master’s Programme in New Media, focusing on art and design in interactive media. The education is project-oriented, combining practice with theory. You can focus on dynamic visualisation, art & culture, interaction design and interactive & generative storytelling. The programme is fully taught in English, and your master’s thesis can be written in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Department of Media prototyping

Master's Programme in New Media - Sound in New Media

Are you passionate about discovering and widening the scope of sound design in the digital era? Welcome to study Sound in New Media Major Subject. The education is project-oriented, joining practice with theory. It combines art, design and media driven aspects of sound, covering a wide range of disciplines from concept design to live performance and from storytelling to programming. Teaching is fully in English, and students can write their Master's thesis in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Petteri Mäkiniemi and Ilpo Jauhiainen Musica Nova 2019 - Sound in New Media

Master's Programme in Photography

Welcome to the Master’s Degree Programme in Photography at Aalto University! At the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, inspiring teaching combines with a deep understanding of contemporary photography.

Photo by Petri Juntunen, called Untitled (Of Clouds and Clocks), 2019. A horse standing in front of clouds in the red-shaded picture.

Master's Programme in Visual Communication Design

The Master’s Programme in Visual Communication Design (VCD) is an international learning community committed to investigating new modes of action within visual communication. As a critical response to the contemporary conditions, the studies enable you to reconsider the established notions of graphic design. The programme supports you in rethinking and redefining your own design practice, in order to situate it in wider societal and environmental frameworks. By providing the competence areas of information design, visual narratives, and type & written language, the curriculum encourages you to turn your design practice towards the public and the sustainable, and towards multiple and diverse knowledge domains. The VCD programme provides you time and space to redefine your individual design approach, with continuous backup from community, collaboration, and peer learning. The studies support you in this with a combination of theory and practice.

Visual Communication Design

Doctoral Studies

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture offers doctoral studies in the fields of architecture, art, design, media, film and scenography. There are seven research groups and three focuses in which DA students can complete their studies.

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Get to know our research groups

AVCD Research Group

Aalto Visual Communication Design Research Group is actively involved in researching the role of visual communication design and broader design thinking in a wide range of applied areas with societal impact, including sustainability, education, health and well-being.

Visualizing Knowledge - Photo by Sebastian Wolf

Embodied Design Research Group

Embodied Design Research Group studies embodied design as a design agenda. Current computing systems treat human beings mostly as connected minds, quite completely disregarding our bodily engagement with the world. Embodied design embraces the human body as a central resource for action, communication, and play.

EDG Research Group

Game Research Group

The game research group is led by prof. Perttu Hämäläinen, who joined Aalto in 2012 after a six-year period as the CTO of Virtual Air Guitar Company (e.g., Kung-Fu Live and Kung-Fu High Impact).

Augmented Climbing Wall - Game Research Group

Photography

Photography research at Aalto is mainly conducted at the doctoral level. In addition, we host a biennial international photography research conference, the Helsinki Photomedia, which was established in 2012.

Image of the Aalto ARTS photography studio by Antti Huittinen

Learning Environments Research Group (LeGroup)

The Learning Environments Research Group (LeGroup) is involved in research, design, and development of New Media tools, as well as their use in the field of learning.

+Andscape, Augmented reality sandbox

Sound and Physical Interaction Research Group

Sound and Physical Interaction (SOPI) research group’s main interests are centred on the broad area of Sound and Music Computing (SMC) and Sonic Interaction Design (SID).

Sound and Physical Interaction Research Group

Systems of Representation Research Group

The Systems of Representation seeks to make knowledge related to heritage tangible through the use of representation and digital media.

Systems of Representation Research Group

Study at Aalto

Do you want to study in the Nordics in Finland? At Aalto University science and art meet technology and business. We believe in the power of curiosity and encourage our students to explore the unknown as well as to learn and do things in a whole new way.

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Student life

Aalto has six schools with around 12 000 students and 4000 employees of which close to 400 are professors. Our campus is located in the city of Espoo, in the Greater Helsinki area in Finland. With 40% of our academic faculty coming from outside Finland, we are a highly international community with strong academic standing.

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