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Studies and programmes
When you choose to study at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, you take a step towards joining a community of brilliance, creativity and a pioneering spirit. Once here, you will be encouraged to work hard in your chosen field and beyond it, to develop a unique vision and build skills, and to see the broader picture.
If you are ready to explore studies at Aalto University, please find our programmes below. We offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral studies.
Be part of the new Bachelor's programme in Design.
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture offers 23 MA programmes and two MSc programmes, most of which can be completed in English. In addition, the school participates in two cross-disciplinary MA programmes with other Aalto schools (Creative Sustainability and International Design Business Management), as well as the Urban Studies Programme in combination with the University of Helsinki, which offers an MSc degree in Architecture and one in Landscape Architecture.
Master's programmes in the Department of Art
ViCCA explores emerging knowledges and practices at the intersections of visual cultures, curating and contemporary art. We facilitate students to develop and contextualize their own practices within and in between these contexts. The programme is open to artists, curators, scholars and practitioners with different backgrounds and experience, who are looking for opportunities to understand, challenge and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us.
Master's programmes in the Department of Architecture
Interior architecture addresses the close human scale of space and furniture to create meaning and value to people and organisations, and to transform and renew the everyday living environment. Dealing with the design of immediate interior and exterior environments, interior architecture requires understanding on human culture, needs and aspirations, the bodily experience and senses, and the spatial, material and technological means to meet these. A skilled interior architect is capable of integrating diverse elements into functional and experiential design solutions that exceed the users’ and clients’ expectations and are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.
The programme educates interior architects with a distinct design personality. It comprises studies on spatial design and furniture design. Concrete design assignments form a major part of education. The studies emphasise advanced practical design skills combined with conceptual and strategic design thinking and research-driven design. Students are encouraged to expand the frontiers of the discipline by addressing systems level problems and societal challenges across the scale of built environment.
Students graduated from the programme are eligible to work as professional interior architects.
Would you like to work on the future of urban environments? The Aalto - University of Helsinki joint USP programme will enable you to understand and address complex urban development challenges. The programme balances theory and history with training in key methods and skills, as well as experiential learning. You'll gain a broad knowledge of the problems and issues affecting cities, and how to address them in collaborative and concrete working groups.
Architecture is technical and artistic, it is a social art and also an artful science. Architecture is about creating spaces for all types of human activities. To be a successful architect, you should be able to see problems from different perspectives, which forms the basis for the broadness of the degree. At the Aalto Architecture programme your scientific and artistic thinking will be developed, aiding you in designing buildings and cities for a sustainable future while promoting health and well-being and enriching lives aesthetically.
Master's programmes in the Department of Design
The programme deepens and extends the students’ skills in fashion, clothing and textile design on a high artistic and professional level, strategic thinking as well as creating fashion concepts coordinating and leading design processes.
The Master's Programme in International Design Business Management helps you become a future creative professional in integrating design and technology with global business development through transdisciplinary teamwork and real-life challenges provided by our renowned industry partners. IDBM students tackle these complex challenges in multidisciplinary teams and develop holistic perspectives on the questions of tomorrow. The IDBM curriculum integrates business, design and technology to enable students to create new value and meaningful innovation.
Graduates of the program earn a master’s degree in business, design or technology, and gain extensive interdisciplinary teamwork experience that enables them to work in a wide variety of fields.
Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.
The Contemporary Design Programme supports students to discover and advance their individual creative processes and in linking them to the problem-solving processes and methods of others. Students are working in a multifaceted learning environment that provides support for creativity, as well as critical and analytical thinking.
Are you interested in learning the strategic and technical skills necessary for design innovation? The Master’s programme in Collaborative and Industrial Design (CoID) focuses on the role of design in society, and prepares you to work as a design entrepreneur and in a range of roles within industry, business, communities, education and the government. The project-based curriculum, multi-disciplinary teamwork and wide alumni network give you an excellent foundation for your future career.
Master's programmes in the Department of Film, Television, and Scenography
Master's programmes in the Department of Media
In the Aalto VCD programme, communication design is seen as a material practice involved in multiple and diverse knowledge domains. Our education and research work has an investigative approach that works through the areas of graphic design, visual narratives, and information design. The master’s programme encourages you to situate your own practice within societal, cultural, political and environmental frameworks. The programme supports you in finding your own individual design approach, while fostering a sense of community, collaboration, and peer learning.
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.
Are you interested in learning game design and production with leading professionals in an international atmosphere? Game Design and Production is a Major Subject within the Master’s Programme in New Media focusing on game design for interactive digital media. The education is project-oriented and provides a unique possibility for developing game design skills while also building conceptual understanding on games. You will deepen your skills based on a personal study plan. Multidisciplinarity is emphasized by the highly diverse backgrounds of students – one can apply with any Bachelor’s degree, and the students include programmers, 3D artists, animators, creative writers, architects, and even psychologists. The teacher network includes top game industry professionals and game scholars. The programme is taught in English, and students can write their thesis in Finnish, Swedish or English.
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.
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.
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The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture doctoral programme enables you to study at a leading research university in several disciplines, under the supervision of our distinguished faculty.