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QS Ranking 7th in Arts &Design 2019

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

About

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

Departments

Our areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, architecture, as well as urban planning and design.

Students working at a laptop

Studies and programmes

Studying at Aalto will challenge you, surprise you, and help you grow within your chosen field. Our excellent professors and hands-on approach puts you at the centre of your own education.

Students at the Aalto University Learning Centre, photo by Unto Rautio

Contact us

Find out more about us, our experts in art, design and architecture, or contact our management.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima

News

Unconscious bias arrises from in-group favouritism
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Brain scans on movie watchers reveal how we judge people

Researchers used brain scans to reveal the biases people feel towards people who are like them, even if they can’t see that they are like them
Ramia Mazé. Kuva: Sanna Lehto
Cooperation, Research & Art, Studies, University Published:

'My goal is to educate designers who can work at the highest levels of government'

Professor Ramia Mazé tells how design can bridge the gap between citizens and policy making. She's also pushing design in a whole new direction.
Aalto Festival /Aalto University / Illustration by Anna Muchenikova
Studies, University Published:

Science, technology, art and business collide during the annual Aalto Festival

Starting on 8 May, Aalto University showcases talent in seminars, parties, lectures and exhibitions during Aalto Festival 2019.
fragile water infographic urban water lin peiyun 2
Research & Art Published:

​​​​​​​How can we conserve the natural cycle of water in cities?

Changing water circulation to resemble more the natural cycle with nature-based solutions.
Wood workshop photo by Unto Rautio

Studies and programmes

We train designers, architects, art scholars and teachers, filmmakers, hackers, and more.
Learn more about our study programmes

Students working at a laptop

Departments

Our areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, architecture, as well as urban planning and design.

Explore the departments and their research

Students working together in front of Nokia flags, photo by Abigail Garbett

Collaboration

We maintain close ties with our alumni, employers, companies and communities.

Learn more about collaboration with us

Events

Iines Jakovlev: Hidden Lake Photo: Anne Kinnunen
Exhibitions and fairs

Fragile Water design exhibition at Helsinki Airport

The exhibition Fragile Water brings attention to our use of water.
Lisa Erdman´s dissertation
Dissertations

Defence in the field of Art Education: MFA Lisa Erdman

The dissertation, Performing false hope, examines the dialogical outcomes and ethical issues that emerged from Finnexia®, the primary artistic production of this artistic research. The Finnexia production consisted of a multimedia advertisement campaign for a (fictitious) medication that helps people learn the Finnish language. Finnexia was presented as a performance intervention in the Helsinki Railway Station over the course of three days, in 2012. The performance intended to generate a space for public dialogue about the experience of the foreigner in Finland and the process of learning the Finnish language. As a secondary goal, Finnexia aimed to present a satirical critique of overmedicalization and the proliferation of pill-based treatments for human ailments.
Avantgarde, tiede ja teknologia
Lectures and seminars

Network of Finnish Avant-garde and Modernism (FAM) seminar

Avantgarde, tiede ja teknologia; kolmas FAM -seminaari Väreessä 29.4.2019
Dissertations

Defence in the field of Art Education: MA Taneli Luotoniemi

Although our everyday perception of space tells us that it is composed of three spatial dimensions of length, height and width, it is possible to imagine a space having four spatial directions that are exactly identical with respect to each other, and meet at right angles. This concept of a four-dimensional space has had a profound and lasting effect not only on philosophy, mysticism, mathematics, and theoretical physics, but also on fiction and visual arts.

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Check out our social channels or follow the hashtag #aaltoarts

Aalto Showcase

Art and creativity is one of the main pillars at Aalto University. Aalto Showcase introduces to you what is going on in our galleries, tells you about public art at the university and the Aalto Artists-In Residence programme.

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Aalto University, Väre art works by Grönlund and Nisunen, Insight. Photo: Aalto University / Mikko_Raskinen

Aalto Art and Design Cases

Aalto Design Cases is a platform for activity-based creativity and practice-based research in the Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Aalto Arts and Design Cases
Nyang'oro Girls Dormitory, a project by Hollmén Reuter Sandman

Where to find us

Väre

Address: Otaniementie 14
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Mon-Thu at 8.00-21.00, Fri at 8.00-20.00, Sat at 9.00-17.00.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture by Sari Dhima

Undergraduate Centre

Address: Otakaari 1
Mon-Thu 7.45-21.00, Fri 7.45-20.00

Aalto-yliopisto / Kandidaattikeskus / katsomo / kuva: Tuomas Uusheimo

Otakaari 7

Otakaari 7

Updated 8.4.2019
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