09 November 2011
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture brings together art, design and architecture
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Aalto University in Finland will form a new school to be called the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS). The new school formed by the current Aalto University School of Art and Design and the Department of Architecture at the School of Engineering will begin to operate on the 1st of January 2012.
The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture will be a school of design, media, architecture and arts bringing together areas that focus on designing and implementing human-oriented environments. The basic philosophy of the school will be close to a humanist world view, which will be reflected in the human-centred and user-oriented nature of its research, teaching and other activities.
In the future, the new school will produce specialists and innovators of design, arts and architecture with not only strong artistic skills but also competence in user-driven design.
”For these professionals of the future and developers of our built environment, links with construction technology will play a key role. The term ‘design’ in the school’s Finnish name embraces an important link with all fields of Aalto University – technology as well as economics”, explains Antti Ahlava, Head of the Department of Architecture.
The new school will be a unique opportunity for Aalto University. Concentrating know-how in the visual environment at one location will bring added value to society. The establishment of the new school will also support Aalto University’s strategic goals and help to raise its international profile. The amalgamation will not have a bearing on the actual education of architects, and the close links between architecture and engineering sciences will be maintained.
The name for the new school was sought in a competition that was open to the entire Aalto community, including stakeholders and the general public.
From the beginning of next year, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture will be a community of some 2,100 degree students, 300 post-graduate students and 500 personnel members. Also in the future, the students of the school will be able to complete a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Master of Arts degree or a Master of Science degree in Architecture or Landscape Architecture. The new university will offer 12 study programmes in Finnish leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and 23 Master’s degree programmes and Doctorate programmes in English, in the fields of art, design and engineering.
For further information please contact:
Dean Helena Hyvönen, tel. +358 50 324 3657
Head of the Department of Architecture Antti Ahlava, tel. +358 50 324 1179
Communications Manager Anne Tapanainen, tel. +358 50 5319180
Aalto University in Finland is a new multidisciplinary science and art community in the fields of science, economics, and art and design. The University is founded on Finnish strengths, and its goal is to develop as a unique entity to become one of the world's top universities. Aalto University's cornerstones are its strengths in education and research. At Aalto University, there are 20,000 basic degree and graduate students as well as a staff of 4,700 of which 340 are professors.
Schools of Aalto University:
School of Art and Design (School of Arts, Design and Architecture as of January 2012)
School of Chemical Technology
School of Economics
School of Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering
School of Science
Aalto University, Communications
Minna Pasanen, tel. +358 50 573 4415