February 7, 2011

Aalto University: Call for applications

Aalto University
Master’s Degree Program in Fine Arts
Deadline for applications: 28 February 2011

“Art is not a mirror that reflects the reality but a hammer which shapes it.”
Bertolt Brecht

The MA program, lasting 2 years, takes in max 10 new students each year and aims to produce contemporary artists that are artistically, philosophically and politically conscious and active.

The studies are a combination of theoretical studies and studio practice. In addition to organized teaching and course schedule each students is provided with personal studio space and/or other resoures needed for his/her autonomous artistic work.

The program is not tied to any single artistic medium: painters, media artists, performance artists, interdisciplinary artists etc. study side by side in the program and we see this as a major advantage and an important form of cross-pollination.

The program’s combination of practical and theoretical studies also encourages and enables its students to apply for doctoral studies after the MA degree.

The program is lead by artist, Professor (Doctor of Fine Arts) Teemu Mäki

Teaching languages
English and Finnish, according to the needs of the students.

About application process and the program

More about the program
The Master’s Degree Program in Fine Arts prepares students to be contemporary artists. The extent of the studies is 120 ECTS credits, two years of study. The program started in 1994 under the name PALLAS Master of Arts program in Fine Arts. The program has a social emphasis; understanding the surrounding society is as important as studies in art history and theory. Art is not a retreat from the world, but a form of understanding and changing the world.

Applicants do not have to consider themselves as social or political artists. The program is open to everyone, regardless of their form of expression, school of thought or world view, but it always views art as a philosophical and political phenomenon and a part of society – not as a separate refuge for “pure aesthetics”.

The central principle behind the Master’s Degree Program in Fine Arts is the interaction between art and science, and between fine art, design and visual culture. The program’s location in a multidisciplinary art and science university allows for this interaction and diversity in a way that is unique for Finland and fairly rare in the whole world.

Links to other art and design professions represented at the School of Art and Design (e.g. new media, photography, graphic design, ceramic and glass design, textile art and design, scenography, spatial design, industrial design) and now also at the School of Economics and the four schools of technology provide students with opportunities for understanding the artist’s profession in a much broader context than before. The program also often collaborates with other local art universities, such as the Theatre Academy of Finland, and has an active international student and faculty exchange system.

Some of our current students:

Timo Bredenberg
Aulis Harmaala
Miina Hujala
Heidi Hänninen
Riina Hänninen
Sanna Härkönen
Henna Inkinen
Jonna Karanka
Katariina Katla
Mika Korento
Mari Pihlajakoski
Anna-Liisa Kankaanmäki
Kukka Ranta
Hannele Rosenbröjer
Toshie Takeuchi
Susanna Vuorio
Kari Vehosalo
Eero Yli-Vakkuri

A few artists who have graduated from the program:

Ulrika Ferm
Mika Karhu
Eeva-Mari Haikala
Samuli Heimonen
Minna Jatkola
Kaisu Koivisto
Anne Koskinen
Tommi Lehtovirta
Marcus Lerviks
Laura Lilja
Suvi Parrilla
Selja Raudas

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