Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Aalto-yliopiston taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu
Aalto-universitetets högskola för konst, design och arkitektur
Aalto University School of Art and Design.svg
Motto Pro Arte Utili (Latin)
Motto in English For useful arts
Established 1871
Dean Professor Helena Hyvönen
Students Around 2000
Location Helsinki, Finland
Campus Finland Arabianranta, Helsinki, and Otaniemi, Espoo
Website http://arts.aalto.fi/en/

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS; Finnish: Aalto-yliopiston taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu; Swedish: Aalto-universitetets högskola för konst, design och arkitektur), was formed of two separate schools: the faculty of architecture (previously part of the Helsinki University of Technology) and TaiK. TaiK was the largest art university in the Nordic countries, and was founded in 1871. Media Centre Lume – the National Research and Development Center of audiovisual media – is also located in the university. The university awards the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Science in Technology, Architect, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Arts.

The university has been active in establishing research projects and industrial collaborations via the private sector. During the rectorship of Yrjö Sotamaa the university was active in integrating design into Finnish innovation networks. This eventually led to the amalgamation of TaiK together with Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and the Helsinki School of Economics (HSE) into a new charter university, Aalto University, which started in January 2010.


Degree programmes are organized under five departments:

  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Art
  • Department of Design
  • Department of Film, Television and Scenography
  • Department of Media, including the former department Media Lab

Notable alumni[edit]

The school has during its history educated many of the household names of Finnish art, design and cinema. Many alumni, such as Tapio Wirkkala and Kaj Franck have earned international acclaim for their work.

Name change controversy[edit]

On November 8, 2011 Aalto University officials announced that the school's name will be changed to "Aalto University School of Arts and Creativity" on January 1, 2012.[1] This provoked a strongly negative reaction in the school community, and in two days over 700 people signed a petition condemning the new name as well as the process used to decide on the new name.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The new school to be called Aalto University School of Arts and Creativity". Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Frilander, Aino. "Taikkilaiset eivät halua luovuusmaistereiksi". Retrieved 12 November 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Aalto University School of Art and Design at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 60°12′34″N 024°58′37″E / 60.20944°N 24.97694°E / 60.20944; 24.97694