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University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) offers all Aalto students and faculty an opportunity to explore art-based practices and processes beyond disciplinary boundaries. Its course portfolio consists of thematically focused and carefully curated courses where art and design facilitate transdisciplinary encounters between students from various backgrounds. UWAS aims to ensure that Aalto University graduates understand how art and creative practices shape and define the world around us and have a wide range of skills and capacities to engage with complex issues both locally and globally.

Students can choose from 30 different UWAS courses annually and need no previous knowledge or skills in the arts to attend them. Since its initiation in 2016, UWAS has offered courses on topics such as sound technology, creative writing, site-specific art and design, visual culture theory, mathematical art, and arts-based material studies. All courses are specifically planned for UWAS and scheduled so that they are available for students in every Aalto school.

Registration for these courses is done mainly via Oodi, where one can also find more information about the courses. You don't need to separately apply for a study right for these courses.

For more information on UWAS courses, see their own site (opens in a new tab).

2019-2020 Study programme


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0002On Site - Island Workshop3
UWAS-C0035 Electric Energy in the Arts3
UWAS-C0032 Under Pressure5
UWAS-C0051 Designing Services with Emerging Technologies3
UWAS-C0048 How did we get into this mess? Exploring the Past in History, Science and Art3


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0003Creating Stories and Narratives5
UWAS-C0036 Game Design and Production6


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0008Design Learning3
UWAS-C0013 Introduction to Sound Culture. Audio Across Disciplines3
UWAS-C0049 Creating Futures in Art, Science, Technology and Business3
UWAS-C0011 UWAS Project: Film as an emotional artifact3


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0015Visualized Me: Creative Ways of Thinking and Using Visual Tools5


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0027Film, Work and Labour6
UWAS-C0034 Photography and The City5
UWAS-C0024Freedom - An Artistic and Experimental Approach5
UWAS-C0004Miten idea materialisoituu5
UWAS-C0023Fashion in Culture3 / 5


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0045 AV Club: Thinking and Doing Moving Images5


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C00503D Prototyping in Context of Creative Practice3
UWAS-C0030Human-Material Interaction2
UWAS-L0001 UWAS Doctoral Workshop: Participatory Practices and Social Change3


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0029Design and Culture5
UWAS-C0014Spatial Structures5
UWAS-C0023 UWAS Discussion Series1-3


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0046Creative Coding5
UWAS-C0042 Kertomuksen äänet3
UWAS-C0025Art and Artificial Intelligence5