Education, Research, Impact & Collaboration

Photo: Materials from Nature, CHEMARTS, Eeva Suorlahti


The education sector is booming as a growing global population has a keen thirst for knowledge. But how can today's universities prepare students for a world that doesn't yet exist?


Universities are a source of reliable and unbiased information. There is now a huge demand for our knowledge outside of academia.


Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture cultivates creative and transformative research in a dynamic relationship with business, society, technology and the environment.


At Aalto ARTS, we are developing our education curricula and teaching methods to respond to the needs of a rapidly changing society. Alongside formal degree-based provision, the need for continuous and life-wide education is growing, while digitalization is also opening up fresh opportunities. We seek synergies between all forms of education as well as collaborations with emerging actors in the education ecosystem. This way we can ensure that the training we offer remains relevant under all the different and possible future scenarios. The traditional role of universities might be challenged in the future — we say bring it on! Read more about our studies and programmes.

Sustainable solutions, an entrepreneurial mindset and radical creativity.


Universities are a source of reliable and unbiased information. There is now a huge demand for our knowledge outside of academia. In particular, there is a need to put purpose above profit, to develop a better understanding of humanity, empathy, storytelling, equality, ethics, user and planetary centric designs, sustainable lifestyles and living environments as well as attractive cultural and creative organisations – to name just a few. At Aalto ARTS we can speed up change and increase our social impact. What we look for in our partnerships, are shared values and mutual benefits. Dialogue, two-way learning and research and employment opportunities for our talents are just some of the benefits collaboration can bring. At the same time, we’re looking for new ways to safeguard our funding. Are you looking to explore an alternative perspective? Contact us!


In our research, we are focused on:

  • Co-creating sustainability through art, design and architecture. We are shaping a sustainable world through transdisciplinary and inclusive participatory research topics and methods.
  • Social responsibility through art, design and architecture. Our research drives ethics, justice and empowerment in a shifting society.
  • Creative practices in art, design and architecture. We promote creative professional practices in all their forms to achieve reflection, impact and economic viability and sustainability.
  • Digital opportunities in art, design and architecture. We are inspired by innovation, experience, narration and learning in the digital world. Below, you can find more information on open techno-scientific entities.

To learn more, get to know our departments and their strengths.

When logic says no, creativity says: why not?


Video documentation of audiovisual collective ALOES by Aalto graduates Alex van Giersbergen (Medialab) & Marloes van Son (ViCCA)

Technology is spreading through our lives and creating a new landscape of opportunities. The boundary between what is human and what is machine is becoming blurred. Despite their increasingly sophisticated decision-making abilities, technological systems still need human inputs, such as creative thought processes and reasoning. The grey area between human and machine is of enduring interest to us at Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture. We explore creativity in stimulating techno-scientific innovations, philosophies and emerging practices with a human touch. How can artists and designers create and manipulate sound, visuals and games using digital, computational and AI methods? How do we empower creative expression? How can we positively affect how the world is seen and understood, including through artistic and information visualisation or novel imaging technologies? Ultimately, we are interested in what it means to be human, and how our way of perceiving and interacting with the world is shifting.

Shaping a Sustainable Future