University of Art and Design Helsinki
Media Centre Lume


The University of Art and Design Helsinki is an international university dedicated to design, audiovisual communication, art education and art. It is the largest university of this kind in the Nordic countries and one of the most highly acclaimed in the whole world. 

There are some 1 700 students enrolled in the University, 14% of whom come from abroad. The University founded in 1871 is a pioneer in research and education. The uniqueness of the University stems from an ambitious community of creative people and creative will.

Throughout its over 130 years of history, the University has been an integral part of the succeshe s story that is Finnish design. Today the University is actively engaged in the development of not only the cultural but also economic and industrial competitiveness of Finnish society. Close cooperation with the business sector promotes the introduction of innovations and the cross-disciplinary utilisation of research results.


Lume is a national education, research, development and production centre of audiovisual media. Lume combines the disciplines of cinema, TV, digital media and production set design. The special focus areas of Lume are cross-media content production and practice-based research which serves the needs of the content.

Media Centre Lume is part of the University of Art & Design Helsinki, but serves also other Universities, polytechnics, research institutions and companies. The Centre has extensive facilities for film, television, new media and theatrical productions. Moreover, facilities at Lume are also ideal for organising seminars, meetings, conferences, galas, festivals, or fairs. The education of the University, cultural and other projects along with research are combined in the Media Centre Lume.



The University of Art and Design Helsinki is located in Helsinki 's new project area called "Arabianranta". Arabianranta should soon be an inner city district with 10 000 residents, 8 000 workers and 6 000 students. It's the last free shoreline area in inner Helsinki.

Design and art are a part of everyday life in Arabianranta. The City of Helsinki demands that 1-2 % of the construction costs for new buildings in the area are spent on works of art. Arabianranta has achieved its goal of being the leading centre of art and design excellence. The partners in this venture include businesses, the University of Art and Design Helsinki and 5 other educational institutions as well as residents of the area. The Helsinki Virtual Village portal and the fastest and most modern areal network in Finland are among the services Arabianranta has to offer for residents, companies and students. With focus in good design, the goal is to make Arabianranta prosper.