About Cumulus

-The International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

The University of Art and Design in Helsinki (TAIK) and the Royal College of Art in London, in co-operation with Danmarks Designskole, Gerrit Rietvelt Academy, Universität Gesamthochschule Essen and Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Wien initiated the Cumulus Network in 1990.

They all had a common desire to enhance the quality of education through co-operation, student and teacher exchange within the European Union Erasmus programme. The Network was transferred to Cumulus Association in 2001.

Cumulus has been a pioneer in developing jointly organised MA-programmes, intensive workshops, projects and biannual conferences. It has published ‘working papers’ which have documented the discussions and seminars in conferences, a First Aid Kit to help students and professors in planning mobility actions, kept up a web page, etc. These activities go on.

During the past ten years Cumulus has grown in size and ambition. The number of members has grown from 6 to 150 (2009). The members represent most of the European countries and during past years several countries overseas have also joined Cumulus. Member universities represent now 42 different countries. The aim is to build and keep on going a dynamic and flexible academic forum that would bring together top level educational institutions from all parts of the world.

New demands

Education and research in art, design and media are gaining an increasing importance in the cultural, social, economic and technological developments of modern and globally acting societies. This will lead to new and increased requirements in the quality and quantity of education and to the necessity to develop high level research in these fields.

Due to globalisation the general development of education and research, research in art, design and media cannot be dealt with only on a national basis. This has to be discussed also in a wider international context that Cumulus offers today.

Main activities of Cumulus


Twice a year, a member institution hosts and arranges a 2-3 day Cumulus conference in cooperation with the Board and the Secretariat for 200-500 participants depending on the premises and resources of the host. The conferences serve as a platform to meet people from all over the world, within and outside your discipline.

Seminars and workshops

The member institutions may also organize 1-2-day seminars and workshops targeted for a smaller group of people than the conferences.

Working groups

The working groups are a member initiative activity. They can be permanent or one time groups and they meet mainly during the conferences, for example once a year. Read more about the working groups here

Jointly organized MA-programmes

Cumulus encourages its members to create joint curricula. As an example can be a team of three Cumulus members that have a curriculum of years together on MA level. It will consist of two a minimum three month periods abroad in exchange in two partner institutions. The exchanges will be credited and formulate on part of the degree.

The official selection of the full papers is completed
Date: 2010-08-03 20:46:43
The official selection of the full papers is completed. 93 valid submissions of full papers were received by mid-June. Thank you all for this great participation!  According to the usual p
The latest progress on Paper Review
Date: 2010-08-02 20:32:23
The organizing committee of Cumulus 2010 Shanghai conference has received 93 full papers by mid-June. Thank you all for this great participation! Each paper was blind peer reviewed by two exper
Design Presentation at the Basel-Geneva-Zurich and Rotterdam Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai
Date: 2010-07-01 22:14:43
We invite all CUMULUS friends to join the design prenstation of the CUMULUS member institutions Zurich University of the Arts, Willem de Kooning Academie, jiangnan University – School of Design
03/08/2010 space selection result
Date: 2010-06-25 22:32:25
The following colleges have selceted their exhibition space successful till 03/08/2010: – 01 Tongji university C50+C51+C52 – 02 Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) A
Reminder: Please upload your full paper by June 15th
Date: 2010-06-09 16:32:01
Our official selection of the abstracts was completed in April. Please login to your own account to check the result(s) of your submission(s). The link to access your account is http://www.cumulus2010