Art and design knowledge building
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
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.
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.
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.