The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the six schools of the Aalto University. Aalto University was established in 2010, and is a merger of three Finnish highly regarded universities with centuries of experience in research and education: The Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and The University of Art and Design Helsinki. With its nearly 13 000 full-time undergraduate and doctoral students and 5000 employees, Aalto opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research.

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is focused on providing education and pursuing research in the fields of design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The Department of Media is one of the five departments of the school with an academic community of approximately 500 students and 80 staff members. The department has three units, which conduct research and provide education across a broad range of subjects and themes: Media Lab, Graphic Design and Photography.

The Media Lab is the leading department of its kind in Finland focusing on digital design and new media. The mission of the Media Lab is to explore, discover and comprehend the new digital technology and its impact in society; to find and exploit the possibilities it opens to communication, interaction, education and expression and to evaluate, understand and deal with the challenges it poses to design and creative production.