University-Wide Art Studies

As no discipline owns issues like climate change, Aalto encourages the formation of transdisciplinary communities of teachers, students and researchers who, together, tackle these and other issues in new and creative ways. By this we aim to educate game changers.

As an example of this is the arts-based university-wide course offerings, University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS). It offers all Aalto students and faculty a unique opportunity to explore and study art and design based practices and processes in higher education. The instructors of UWAS courses meet high standards in pedagogy, art and design.
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For whom are the UWAS courses aimed at?

The courses are designed for all Aalto students that want to challenge their own thinking and routines, and they help students observe themselves and society from different perspectives. Discussions and transdisciplinary encounters feed collaborative learning.

UWAS courses are not traditional basic courses in art and design, and previous knowledge or skills in arts are not required. By applying the creative methods and tools, the participants will learn about creative thinking.

Students can choose from 30 different UWAS courses annually. Thematically focused, these experimental art and design courses facilitate encounters between students from various backgrounds.

UWAS aims to ensure that Aalto University graduates understand how art and creative practices shape and define the world around us and that they will have a wide range of skills and capacities to engage with complex issues both locally and globally.

Awarded creative experimentation in higher education

Since its initiation in 2016, UWAS has offered courses on topics such as sound technology, creative writing, site-specific art and design, visual culture theory, mathematical art, and arts-based material studies. All courses are specifically planned for UWAS and scheduled so that they are available for students in every Aalto school.

For Aalto faculty, UWAS offers a possibility to develop their curriculum and teaching practice either by helping to design new courses for study programs or reassessing existing ones. For more information about this opportunity, please contact the UWAS Working Group.

In 2017, Aalto University’s student union AYY gave UWAS the Seal of Approval award for the development of university-wide art education in Aalto. UWAS also received Dean’s Award of Excellence the same year.

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Courses

Fall 2019 UWAS Courses

In academic year 2019-20, UWAS courses are organized under seven thematic categories that link the course contents to larger, transdisciplinary questions. These categories are: Global and Local Issues; Sites and Environments; Crises and Turning Points; Senses; Materials; Narratives; and Technologies. In addition, UWAS Varied Contents courses are project-based courses on topical, changing issues. UWAS is also participating in piloting MathArts minor together with the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis.

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Spring 2020 UWAS Courses

In academic year 2019-20, UWAS courses are organized under seven thematic categories that link the course contents to larger, transdisciplinary questions. These categories are: Global and Local Issues; Sites and Environments; Crises and Turning Points; Senses; Materials; Narratives; and Technologies. In addition, UWAS Varied Contents courses are project-based courses on topical, changing issues. UWAS is also participating in piloting MathArts minor together with the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis



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Most common questions regarding UWAS

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Contact

Juuso Tervo

Director, University Lecturer

Alejandro Pedregal

University Lecturer

Mari Kekola

Planning Officer

Tuuli Saarelainen

Course Assistant
Juuso Tervo wins 2018 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for art education

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