School of Arts, Design and Architecture

School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art and design in the world. We are ranked number 9 in the world in the field of Art and Design (QS 2018).

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Welcome to the new and developing!
Antonina Sedakova at Hyères by Chris Vidal Tenomaa

Everyone at Aalto told me to follow my vision.

Antonina Sedakova


Fruitful interaction between science, art, design and architecture makes research carried out at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture highly versatile.

Our most important topics of research relate to the fields of art, design, digital media, audiovisual communications, visual culture, urban planning, emerging technologies and architecture with wellbeing and sustainable development as an all-encompassing theme.

The acclaimed research in our departments is conducted by our international team of experts. Together we work towards critical and human-centred art and research, and offer new ways of thinking artistically and scientifically about the world. To learn more about the impact we make, get to know our departments and their strengths.

Department of Architecture

We train professionals to design human-centred environments.


Department of Art

Art, art pedagogy, research and scholarship.


Department of Design

The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. In design, we appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression.


Department of Media

The Department of Media is an academic community of approximately 500 students and 80 staff members.

Demo Day at the Department of Media

Department of Film, Television and Scenography

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography ELO is Finland's only university-level film school.


Our people

An inspiring atmosphere leads to enthusiastic, student-centred learning that emphasises creativity and critical thinking. Art allows us to see the world in a new way and provides a new perspective on reality, enriching society in Finland and internationally. Get to know some of our community members!

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Illustrator Lotta Nieminen

A woman who is changing the world

Illustrator Lotta Nieminen shows that perseverance and talent can take you far.

Solip Park screenshot video interview

Be part of something brave

It is never easy to move to a new country, but Korean born Solip Park did it twice.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Janne Saario

Make your own path

Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leader Janne Saario took his two passions – skateboarding and landscape architecture – to create something new.

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Daniel Julier

From the Alps to Aalto University

An Aalto University student, Daniel Julier, found his calling, fell in love and moved to Finland.

Follow us

Check out our social channels or follow the hastag #aaltoarts

You can find our exhibitions and public art at Showcase!



Where to find us


Otaniementie 14. Open Mon-Thu 8.00-21.00, Fri 8.00-20.00, Sat 9.00-17.00.

Väre / aula / kuva: Mikko Raskinen