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University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) offers all Aalto students and faculty an opportunity to explore art and design 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 circa 30 different UWAS courses each year 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.

For 2020-2022, UWAS courses are organized under six transdisciplinary categories:  

Anthropocene courses address issues such as global warming, sustainability, resources, and energy. They respond to and reflect on the great challenges related to our current geological era.

Actions courses deal with different aspects of making and creating in arts, design, and architecture, and explore their connections to practices in other fields.

Reflections courses offer theoretical and critical approaches to present human and non-human conditions. This might include explorations of futures and utopias, identity and identities, and global and local ecosystems.

Manifestations courses deal with communication, visualization, presentation, and representation of information, how is it applied, and how to understand its impacts.

Collaborations courses explore participatory and cooperative practices in arts, design, and architecture, and their links to other fields.

Tensions courses explore traditions, paradigms, and histories between disciplines, and how they are expressed and reflected upon today.


Registration for these courses is done 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).

2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Study programme (under preparation)


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0002On Site - Island Workshop3
UWAS-C0035Electric Energy in the Arts3
UWAS-C0032Under Pressure5
UWAS-C0051Designing Services with Emerging Technologies3
UWAS-C0048How 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-C0036Game Design and Production6


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0008Design Learning3
UWAS-C0013Introduction to Sound Culture. Audio Across Disciplines3
UWAS-C0049Creating Futures in Art, Science, Technology and Business3
UWAS-C0011UWAS 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-C0034Photography 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-L0001UWAS Doctoral Workshop: Participatory Practices and Social Change3


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0029Design and Culture5
UWAS-C0014Spatial Structures5
UWAS-C0023UWAS Discussion Series1-3


Koodi / Kod / CodeNimi / Namn / NameECTS
UWAS-C0046Creative Coding5
UWAS-C0042Kertomuksen äänet3
UWAS-C0025Art and Artificial Intelligence5