Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture ; 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 (UAIH, known in Finnish as TaiK). TaiK, founded in 1871, was the largest art university in the Nordic countries. The 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.

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
MottoPro Arte Utili (Latin)
Motto in English
For useful arts
DeanProfessor Anna Valtonen
StudentsAround 2000
CampusFinland Otaniemi, Espoo
The old Arabia ceramics factory where part of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture was located until July 2018.

The university is known for its research projects and industrial collaborations. 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.

In the QS World University Rankings in 2018, the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture was placed 9th in the art and design subject area,[1] in 2018 it was placed 9th.[2]


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 Aalto Media Lab

Notable alumniEdit

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 Signe Hornborg, Eliel Saarinen, Alvar Aalto – after whom the new university is named – Viljo Revell, Reima Pietilä, Timo Penttilä and Juhani Pallasmaa. Internationally acclaimed Marxist theorist and activist Franco Berardi defended his dissertation in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2014.[3] Raija Jokinen, Finnish Textile Artist of the Year 2020, graduated with a master's degree in textile design in 1990.[4]

Name change controversyEdit

On November 8, 2011 Aalto University officials announced that the school's name would be changed to "Aalto University School of Arts and Creativity" on January 1, 2012.[5] 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.[6]

Väre buildingEdit

Officially opening to the public in September 2018 the School School of Arts, Design and Architecture moved from Arabia Campus, located in the historical building of the Arabia ceramics factory, to the new Väre building in Otaniemi. Its construction began in late 2015 and was completed in summer 2018. The new building block also houses the metro station and a shopping centre.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Laura Bridgestock (1 May 2015). New Rankings of the World's Top Art Schools. Quacquarelli Symonds. Accessed August 2015.
  2. ^ "Art & Design". Top Universities. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  3. ^ "10/23/14: Dissertation in the field of art: Franco Berardi". 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  4. ^ "Vuoden tekstiilitaiteilija 2020 on 30-vuotista uraansa juhliva Raija Jokinen". Ornamo (in Finnish). Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  5. ^ "The new school to be called Aalto University School of Arts and Creativity". Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  6. ^ Frilander, Aino. "Taikkilaiset eivät halua luovuusmaistereiksi". Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Aalto University's new building open to the public in September | Aalto University". www.aalto.fi. Retrieved 2018-11-09.

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