School of Arts, Design and Architecture

School of Arts, Design and Architecture


We educate the next generation of filmmakers, designers, artists and art educators, photographers, architects and researchers to impact society through their creative work and research.
Students at a table_photo by Unto Rautio

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art. We produce world-class research in art education, design and design thinking, digital media and visual culture, urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture. We educate students to be global citizens, contributing to their communities with imaginative, collaborative, compassionate and unconventional approaches to some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today.

Rankings and reputation

As one of the leading international universities in our fields, our teaching, research and impact are well respected in the field and we are often ranked among the best in the world.

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Key figures

For over 150 years, we have been educating Finnish designers, architects, filmmakers, artists and more.

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Campus maps, addresses and opening hours in Otaniemi

Here you will also find restaurants, the map, the Aalto Space mobile app, access control - all practical information on one page! You can also visit the campus virtually.

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Aalto-yliopisto / Unto Rautio
a few layers of different, colourful textile prints put together

Our living strategy (external link)

The ongoing mission we have is to learn from each other, gather insights and release the innate creativity and leadership in us all. Get to know our vision and join us in our strategy work!

The Ateneum building, photo by Archive Collections, Finnish National Gallery

Our history

In many ways, the story of our school is the story of the Finnish creative industries: design, arts, architecture, film and new media.

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