University of Art and Design Helsinki
Overview
 
Aalto University School of Art and Design , known commonly as TaiK, is the largest art university in the Nordic countries
Nordic countries
The Nordic countries make up a region in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic which consists of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and their associated territories, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland...

, and was founded in 1871. 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 Arts
Bachelor of Arts
A Bachelor of Arts , from the Latin artium baccalaureus, is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, the sciences, or both...

, Master of Arts
Master of Arts (postgraduate)
A Master of Arts from the Latin Magister Artium, is a type of Master's degree awarded by universities in many countries. The M.A. is usually contrasted with the M.S. or M.Sc. degrees...

, and Doctor of Arts
Doctor of Arts
The Doctor of Arts is a discipline-based terminal doctoral degree that was originally conceived and designed to be an alternative to the traditional research-based Doctor of Philosophy and the education-based Doctor of Education . Like other doctorates, the D.A. is an academic degree of the...

.

The university has been active in establishing research projects and industrial collaborations via the private sector.
Encyclopedia
Aalto University School of Art and Design , known commonly as TaiK, is the largest art university in the Nordic countries
Nordic countries
The Nordic countries make up a region in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic which consists of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and their associated territories, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland...

, and was founded in 1871. 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 Arts
Bachelor of Arts
A Bachelor of Arts , from the Latin artium baccalaureus, is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, the sciences, or both...

, Master of Arts
Master of Arts (postgraduate)
A Master of Arts from the Latin Magister Artium, is a type of Master's degree awarded by universities in many countries. The M.A. is usually contrasted with the M.S. or M.Sc. degrees...

, and Doctor of Arts
Doctor of Arts
The Doctor of Arts is a discipline-based terminal doctoral degree that was originally conceived and designed to be an alternative to the traditional research-based Doctor of Philosophy and the education-based Doctor of Education . Like other doctorates, the D.A. is an academic degree of the...

.

The university has been active in establishing research projects and industrial collaborations via the private sector. During the rectorship of Yrjö Sotamaa
Yrjö Sotamaa
Yrjö Sotamaa, is a Finnish designer. Sotamaa is Professor Emeritus of Design Innovation in the Aalto University School of Art and Design and President Emeritus of the University of Art and Design Helsinki . He served as the head of TAIK from 1986 until 2008...

 the university was active in integrating design into Finnish innovation networks. This eventually led to the amalgamation of TaiK together with Helsinki University of Technology
Helsinki University of Technology
Aalto University School of Science and Technology , was the temporary name for Helsinki University of Technology during the process of forming the Aalto University...

 (TKK) and the Helsinki School of Economics
Helsinki School of Economics
The Aalto University School of Economics , known as Helsinki School of Economics until 2009, is the largest and leading business school in Finland and one of the most renowned in Europe...

 (HSE) into a new charter university, Aalto University
Aalto University
Aalto University is a Finnish university established on January 1, 2010, by the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki....

, which started in January 2010.

Organization

Degree programmes are organized under five departments:
  • Department of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design
  • Department of Media, including the former department Media Lab
    Media Lab Helsinki
    The Media Lab is a unit focusing on digital design within the Department of Media at the School of Art and Design, Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. The lab provides MA and Doctoral education, and does research on design and production of digital culture, digital media, interaction design and...

  • Department of Design
  • Department of Art
  • Department of Art and Media Pori
    Pori
    Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. The city is located some from the Gulf of Bothnia, on the estuary of the Kokemäenjoki river, which is the largest in Finland. Pori is the most important town in the Satakunta region....


Notable alumni

The school has during its history educated many of the household names of Finnish art, design and cinema. Many alumni, such as Tapio Wirkkala
Tapio Wirkkala
File:Wirkkala.jpgTapio Wirkkala was a Finnish designer and sculptor, a major figure of post-war design. His work ranges from plastic ketchup bottles and metalware to glass, ceramics and plywood in a range of styles. He designed the Finnish markka banknotes introduced in 1955...

 and Kaj Franck
Kaj Franck
Kaj Franck was one of the leading figures of Finnish design, the teacher of several generations of professional designers in Finland, and an influential figure in design and applied arts between 1940-1980...

 have earned international acclaim for their work.

Name Change Controversy

On November 8th, 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.

See also

  • List of universities in Finland
  • Finnish education system
    Education in Finland
    The Finnish education system is an egalitarian Nordic system, with no tuition fees and with free meals served to full-time students. The present Finnish education system consists of well-funded and carefully thought out daycare programs and a one-year "pre-school" ; a nine-year compulsory basic...


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