Aalto University: School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS)

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and art.


Global Exchange School
  • Helsinki, Finland

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

January — May

Fall Semester

September — January

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Apparel
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Film/Animation/Video
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Photography
  • Textiles

University Website
University Exchange Website
Fact Sheet
Course Catalog

Spring Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Sep 26, 2019
School Deadline: Oct 15, 2019
Fall Semester Application Deadlines
RISD Deadline: Apr 9, 2020
School Deadline: Apr 15, 2020
Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • Finnish
  • English

Some English instruction

About Aalto ARTS

Studies at Aalto at a Bachelor's level are in Finnish, but Master's level studies are in English and advanced RISD undergraduate students may apply for exchange in Master's coursework at Aalto.

Applications to the following departments will be accepted:

  • Master's Program in Architecture
  • Master's Program in Collaborative and Industrial Design
  • Master's Program in Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design
  • Master's Program in Landscape Architecture
  • Master's Program in New Media
  • Master's Program in Visual Communication Design
  • Master’s Program in Interior Design
  • Master’s Program in Urban Studies and Planning

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Ready to Apply? Applications for Spring 2020 Global Exchange and AICAD Exchange are now open!

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Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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