Doctorate On Campus

Arts, Design and Architecture

48 months
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The Arts, Design and Architecture programme of Aalto University is offered by the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and is for students seeking careers in art, design, film, media or architecture.


A special feature of the Arts, Design and Architecture programme of Aalto University is that the thesis can include art or design productions. The Department of Art, the Department of Architecture, the Department of Design, the Department of Film, Television and Scenography and the Department of Media offer doctoral studies for a Doctor of Arts (Art and Design) and a Doctor of Science (Architecture) degrees.

Objectives of studies

The main purpose of doctoral education at the Aalto Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture is to teach doctoral candidates how to create new knowledge through scientific and artistic methods and theories. During the research and studies, you will learn what it takes to be a professional academic researcher.

Doctoral studies provide skills and tools to apply knowledge and to create new scientific knowledge, including the ability to use research methods. In the field of arts, doctoral candidates should be able to independently create methods, products or performances that meet high artistic standards. They are also expected to publish scientific results in peer-reviewed publications and to disseminate the results on scientific fora.

Doctoral candidates are expected to have gained professional expertise on how to produce such syntheses and critical assessments as are required to solve complex problems in research and innovation and in other areas of society. They will also possess versatile written and oral communication skills. Doctoral candidates should work responsibly with respect to ethical and sustainable considerations. Their work in the scientific community should follow the responsible conduct of research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research through Art and Design
  • Methods of Qualitative Research
  • Artistic and Art-Based Research
  • Knowing Aesthetics
  • Global Perspectives: Re-mapping the History of Art
  • The Realm of the Senses

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Scanned colour copy of the original Bachelor’s and Master's degree certificates.
  • Scanned colour copy of the original official transcripts of study records.
  • If your degree certificate and the official transcript of records are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, scanned colour copies of authorised translations.
  • Research plan, including a schedule for the studies to be completed (study plan), schedule for doctoral thesis, funding plan and possible work plan & schedule for artistic components.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Copy of a valid passport or an official government-issued identification card with photo and information on citizenship. Upload a copy only of the personal information page of the passport (not all pages).
  • Portfolio (electronic), ONLY if your research plan contains work plan for artistic component.
  • If relevant in your case: the required documents pertaining to your language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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There is no tuition fee for doctoral education.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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