The School of Arts, Design and Architecture was founded in 1871 as a Craft School. It has since grown into one of the most cosmopolitan schools in Finland. It is the largest in its field in the Nordic countries and among the most respected in the world. The school started operating in its present form in 2012. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is part of Aalto University, a multidisciplinary university specializing in technology, business & commerce, and the arts. Building on Finland’s established strengths, Aalto University’s strategic aim is to become a unique centre of excellence and one of the leading universities in the world.
The campuses are located in Helsinki, Espoo and Pori.
Aalto University offers two two-year majors in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art. ViCCA (Visual Culture and Contemporary Art) is a two-year major connecting the worlds of art and non-art. Central to the program are new and emergent professional practices born and developed in this new space of cultural production. Within this major, art is made and new professional agencies are explored within the broader field of visual culture, for which Aalto University offers an excellent multi-scholarly context. CuMMA (Curating, Managing and Mediating Art) is a two-year, trans-disciplinary major focusing on contemporary art and its public. It provides a structure for reflecting, acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere, aiming to explore, understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. We understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open to unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledge. The NoVA Master’s Programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education educates professionals and researchers, giving them an understanding of the best Nordic practices and traditions in art education and visual communication, and also providing relevant competencies and pedagogical interaction skills for working in cross-cultural and international educational situations and environments.
The Lahti Institute of Arts was founded in 1971 as the Lahti Arts College. The school originally offered two lines of studies, design and fine arts, and was owned by the City of Lahti. Later, the departments of applied arts were transferred to the State-owned Institute of Design, whilst the Institute of Fine Arts remained with the city of Lahti. In 1991, however, the Lahti University of Applied Sciences brought design and fine arts together again. Today, media and design complement each other, forming an interesting learning environment in which the creative community has an important role.
The Saimaa University of Applied Sciences offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Visual Arts, specializing in graphic art, painting, photography, sculpture or jewellery design.
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences offers a degree programme in Visual Arts.
Snellman-korkeakoulu is a private tertiary school that offers a degree programme in the visual arts.
The University of Lapland Faculty of Arts and Design is one of two university-level art and design institutions in Finland to offer education in the field of design up to doctorate level.