Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
|Aalto-yliopiston taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu
Aalto-universitetets högskola för konst, design och arkitektur
|Motto||Pro Arte Utili (Latin)|
Motto in English
|For useful arts|
|Dean||Professor Helena Hyvönen|
|Campus||Arabianranta, Helsinki, and Otaniemi, Espoo|
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 the University of Art and Design Helsinki (known in Finnish as TaiK). TaiK, founded in 1871, was the largest art university in the Nordic countries. 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 and business networks. This eventually led to the decision to merge 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
The school in its earlier incarnation as Taik 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. The school of architecture, when part of Helsinki University of Technology, produced the foremost names in the history of modern Finnish architecture, most notably Eliel Saarinen, Alvar Aalto - after whom the new university is named - Viljo Revell, Reima Pietilä, Timo Penttilä and Juhani Pallasmaa.
Name change controversy
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. 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.
- "The new school to be called Aalto University School of Arts and Creativity". Retrieved 12 November 2011.
- Frilander, Aino. "Taikkilaiset eivät halua luovuusmaistereiksi". Retrieved 12 November 2011.
Media related to Aalto University School of Art and Design at Wikimedia Commons
- School of Art and Design – Official site
- The Guild of Architecture Arkkitehtikilta - Official site
- The Student union TOKYO – Official site
- Media Centre Lume – Official site
- The Department of Media – Official site