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Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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Motto in English  For useful arts
Students  Around 2000
Total enrollment  1,954 (2010)
Founded  1871
Established  1871
Location  Helsinki, Finland
Phone  +358 9 47001
Dean  Anna Valtonen
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Campus  Arabianranta, Helsinki, and Otaniemi, Espoo
Address  Hämeentie 135 C, 00560 Helsinki, Finland
Motto  Pro Arte Utili (Latin, For useful arts)
Notable alumni  Tapio Wirkkala, Yrjö Sotamaa, Harri Koskinen, Timo Sarpaneva, Stefan Lindfors
Similar  Aalto University, Aalto University School of, Academy of Fine Arts - Hels, University of the Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy Helsinki

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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 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 2015, the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture was placed 14th in the art and design subject area.

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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

    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.

    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.


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