November 29, 2021

MA in Art and Media: Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art

Aalto University

Courtesy of Selina Oakes, Marika Latson, and ViCCA staff.

Courtesy of Selina Oakes, Marika Latson, and ViCCA staff.

Courtesy of Selina Oakes, Marika Latson, and ViCCA staff.

Aalto University welcomes applications for the two-year major in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA). The ViCCA major is part of the newly established MA Programme in Art and Media. The major merges theoretical and practice-based artistic and curatorial processes, providing an opportunity for students to develop, deepen and re-contextualise their skills and knowledge across disciplines. At ViCCA, the faculty works with students to diversify and develop their knowledge base, offering concrete opportunities to further research competencies, methodologies and a sense for artistic and critical thinking. The wider programme facilitates the exchange of ideas and the development of independent collaborations between students across all programme majors.

Characterised by a strong transdisciplinary approach across art, science and technology, the ViCCA major offers students access to emerging knowledge and practices at the intersections of multiple fields through an arts-driven engagement with societal, political, economic, ecological and philosophical concerns. Students are encouraged to situate, explore and evolve their position as critical thinkers, artists and curators within contemporary contexts. During their time at ViCCA, students are presented with opportunities to meet established cultural and creative practitioners that will support the development of their own knowledge and network.

Encouraging experimentation with diverse practices, contexts and forms of research, the ViCCA major is a study option that is open to artists, practitioners, curators and research-oriented individuals with different backgrounds and experience, who are looking for opportunities to understand, challenge and shift the paradigm of contemporary art and the world around us.

Please note: there will be student intake for the ViCCA major in 2022—application period December 1, 2021–January 3, 2022 3PM (Helsinki Time EET). The next intake will be 2024 (application period beginning in December 2022).

Apply to ViCCA. Applications must be submitted in English.

For admission queries: [email protected] / T +358 2944 29290. See the opening hours of the telephone service at Admission Services contact information.

Aalto University
Located in Otaniemi, Espoo, a 15-minute metro ride from Helsinki city centre, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture shares a campus with the Schools of Science, Business, Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. This enables students to experiment with different paradigms of knowledge by extending their studies to include a broad variety of courses inspired by Aalto University's disciplinary scope. The university encourages cross-pollination of disciplines and provides students with opportunities to take advantage of the wider university framework. The QS World University Rankings ranked Aalto the 6th best in the field of Art and Design in 2021.

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