A repository of UWAS past courses events, news, and exhibitions.
Yarn ball made out of multiple ropes and yarns on top of a rocky hill in Örö Island, 2018.
On site - Island Workshop at Örö Island, student work, 2018.

Since 2016, UWAS has developed an increasingly rich portfolio of activities and learning environments. In them, students all across Aalto have had the opportunity of coming together to engage in transdisciplinary discussions around complex societal and academic topics and modes of practice. Get to know some of the experimental teaching methods, out of the box experiments, student projects, and the people bringing them to life.

Course projects

Virtual worlds in creation

New minor courses in virtual reality introduce a creative angle on the design processes and implementation of virtually created worlds.


Developing design learning

More collaboration with Art Education in Aalto University and SuoMu, the Finnish Association of Design Learning


Design for the Aalto University Shop

Multidisciplinary groups of students create intriguing and educative items for the shop – and for themselves.

Aalto University Shop interiors with some people in

Design Inside brings design education to all Aalto students

Design offers tools and new perspectives that would not be found otherwise. . It can help make a difference in every field. That is why Aalto University wants all students to have access to design education.

Colorful Made in Aalto University -t-shirts hanging at Aalto University Shop's wall

Greetings from The Test Site and year 2019 in a nutshell

The Test Site, a student-led community doing projects in practical sustainability, summarises its eventful year 2019. Text by Mayumi Itoh and Jinook Hwang.

The Test Site projects 2019

Design Inside

Renewing societies requires world-leading design-based practices. The Design Inside initiative ensures we will have the world-class ability throughout Aalto to shape and explore the world around us.


Is artificial intelligence capable of love? 

Love simulation  EVE  studies the relationship between a human who wants to be loved and a loving AI.  

Smart Art - Is AI capable of love?


In UWAS we are committed to share the insights and processes happening in the transdisciplinary learning environments of our courses to a wide audience. We encourage and support teachers and students to show their prototypes and the varied artistic projects developed in the courses on campus and online exhibitions as well. Find here a catalogue of recent exhibitions organised by the program.

Art and Artificial Intelligence – Other Intelligences, spring 2020 (online)

Other Intelligences is an online exhibition of AI art made during an interdisciplinary course Art and Artificial Intelligence.

Rasmus Purola and Valtteri Nurminen, Fading the Boundaries, 2021

Previous Väre Exhibitions 2020

List of previous exhibitions at Väre 2020

Väreen aulaan on pystytetty näyttely, jonka rakenteiden alla voi kulkea: kattorakenteesta roikkuu kasveja ja julisteita

Events March 2020

Aalto University and its partners arrange several hundreds of events annually, also open to alumni and corporate representatives. See the exhibitions below this events list.

A suspended narrow wooden bridge cruising over a rocky island landscape, surrounded by flowered bushes.

Previous Väre Exhibitions 2019

List of previous exhibitions at Väre 2019

'Puu ja Savi-Wood and Clay' course exhibition organised by Nathalie Lautenbacher. Väre Main Lobby, March 2019. Image: Eeva SuorlahtiJPG

Creative Coding, spring 2019 (Väre, Otaniemi)

Welcome to the opening of UWAS Creative Coding course's exhibition on Tuesday 21.5. at 2pm at the beautiful Terrace Lobby in the 3rd floor at Väre!

Course exhibition

UWAS Experiments, spring 2018 (Dipoli, Otaniemi)

The exhibition presents works from three University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) courses together with research material produced by the members of the UWAS working group.

A glass sculpture of a schematic fish, transparent except for the black tail, holding dry moss inside the belly.


U-Create Symposium: Teaching Art and Design Across Disciplines

The first U-create teaching symposium focuses on transdisciplinarity in art and design. Welcome to share your ideas and practices related to art and design pedagogy.

U-Create Teaching and Learning Seminar

UWAS Discussion Series: 15.3. Value Creation in Art and Business

The series of discussions will focus on current, interdisciplinary themes.



Juuso Tervo wins 2018 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for art education

Aalto alumnus and postdoctoral researcher recognized for excellence in art education research

© Jella Bertell

University Wide Art Studies steps into the spotlight with workshops, exhibitions, lectures and pizza

On November 1st and 2nd, learn more about Art and Creative Practices across disciplines at the first ever U-Create Seminar.


Creative pedagogy

Creativity is a continuous possibility to think and act differently.

Juuso Tervo (picture by Tuuli Saarelainen)

Making sense of a being

For Professor Harri Laakso, a photograph is much more than what the eyes can see on a wall or on a screen.

Harri Laakso

Aalto Excellence Recognition given to 18 projects in education and research-based innovations

The awarded Excellence Recognition projects have developed innovations with potential to spread outside the academia.

Everyday choices: What are arts teachers needed for, Marja Rastas?

The world contains a void in art education, says Lecturer of Visual Arts Pedagogy.

Marja Rastas. Kuva: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

Key figures of 2020 and reports

Aalto University’s academic results and international recognition maintained momentum in 2020. The university was able to promptly adjust to the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. On this page also the Annual Board Report and Financial Statements 2020.

Kaksi henkilöä kampuksella.

Key figures of 2019 and reports

Year 2019 was Aalto University's tenth year of operations. Academic results have developed strongly in the university's key areas.

Five students standing in the rain. One has a bike and two have a red umbrella.

Key figures of 2018 and reports

The development of campus took major steps in 2018. Academic results improved and internationalisation continued.

Students on Otaniemi campus. Open red umbrellas attached to trees, students sitting on a bench under the green-leaved trees. Photo by Aalto University /Unto Rautio
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