The Annual 2012

School of Visual Arts
Newsmakers

Cumulative Effect

SVA in Helsinki

On May 26, 2012, at a conference on the historic Toolo campus of Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, SVA was formally inducted into Cumulus, International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. Membership in the organization further enhances the College’s global presence by aligning it with 188 other member institutions. Hailing from 46 countries, these include schools such as Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design (U.K.), Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main (Germany) and the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Finland). Cumulus, which arranges conferences, seminars, workshops and exhibitions in association with industry, NGOs and professional bodies, is dedicated to the exchange of best teaching practices in relation to social issues. In the words of SVA Provost Jeffrey Nesin, who attended the conference with MFA Interaction Design Department Chair Liz Danzico, this makes it “a perfect fit for SVA.” As the College’s chief academic officer, Provost Nesin also represented SVA at the General Assembly.

The 2012 conference, a three-day assembly of 400 educators and researchers, focused on the role of creative workers in helping improve the quality of life for urbanites around the world. “Schools of design, art and media are engaged in all the major challenges that our societies face,” Cumulus President Christian Guellerin told the social design network Design 21 in March 2012. “Sustainable cities, aging populations, responsible innovation, ecology and the future of water are featured programs in all the schools.” At the event’s New Members Fair, SVA Executive Director of Admissions and Student Affairs Javier Vega and Director of Communication Michael Grant met representatives from international institutions looking to establish partnerships. Aalto University, an amalgamation of Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, is itself one of 25 institutions that host SVA students for semesters abroad under the College’s International Exchange Program.