Art and design knowledge building

We aim to find new ways of solving supposedly impossible problems, to contribute to the wellbeing of people, and to have a positive impact on wider society.
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Knowledge building activities in art and design can be characterized by a quest for a human approach in any topic. In this way, Aalto University bridges different areas, such as art, technology and business.

The cultural approach taken by us focuses on experiences and on sensory and hands-on skills and knowledge.

Here at Aalto University, artistic and design activities are closely linked to the research carried out in the technical fields: many of our art-based researchers do not focus on new technologies or their development, but rather on the use of technologies within art and other socio-cultural contexts.

In addition, art and design knowledge building activities include technology-based actions related to systems design and sustainable development.

Our departments in this area

Student teamwork at Aalto University. Image: Unto Raunio

Department of Architecture

We train professionals to design human-centred environments.

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

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.

Department of Media
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Department of Design

The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. In design, we appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression.

Filming. Image by Unto Rautio.

Department of Film, Television and Scenography

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography ELO is Finland's only university-level film school.

Research at the Department of Art

Research and artistic activities at the Department of Art

The research and artistic activities of Department of Art takes place in the fields of contemporary art, art education, visual culture, and curating. The department has a long tradition with artistic and philosophical production and many researchers’ work emphasises contemporary, critical, political and societal entanglements of art, curating, and pedagogy.

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