Art and Technology studies in the academic year 2013-14

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The MA level study module Art and Technology, which was kicked off the present academic year will continue in the academic year 2013-14. It brings media art and electronic art as independent subjects to the curriculum of the university. It’s also an example of new multi-disciplinary collaboration that is made possible by Aalto.

The study module combines media artistic thinking and practice with the aesthetic and philosophical foundations of the field. Students are encouraged to cross over boundaries between technology, art and design.

One of the starting points of Art and Tech is to make the work done by students and researchers more visible. This will happen through exhibitions, performances and events organized in collaboration with others actors in the media art scene.

The emphasis is on interactive artworks that are spatial, embodied, or mobile. Some topics to be covered are interactive installations, experimental user interfaces, wearable electronics, and ubiquitous technology. In addition to artistic projects there will be studies in media art history and the technical tool skills that are needed.

The scope of the module is 20-25 ECTS. It can thus be included in a master’s degree as a minor subject, or as a personal study module. The main language of teaching is English.

The application period for the first study year that starts in September 2013 is currently running until the end of May. Students from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply – such as from various fields of art, media, design, technology and human sciences. The module is open for students from the six schools of Aalto University, as well as for exchange students and for students from other Finnish universities within the JOO agreement. A group of 10-12 students will be selected for the first year of the study module.

The Art and Technology study module is made possible through collaboration between three departments within Aalto University – the departments of Art, Media, and Media technology, and with coordination by Aalto Media Factory.

The Art & Technology application deadline is May 31st. Application consists of application form, motivation letter (1-2 pages) and extract of study record. The application should be sent to Vesa Kantola to Aalto university, School of Science, Department of Media Technology, P.O. Box 15500, 00076 AALTO AND via email to

Further information:
Lecturer Vesa Kantola
Tel. 050 5562029

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