Heikka Valja

Heikka Valja


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    Heikka Valja is a part-time lecturer and doctoral candidate in the Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. He holds a master's degree in art education. His master's thesis is published on the website of Systems Intelligence Research Group.

    Valja's doctoral research concerns play, games and gaming in art education. He is interested in the experientality of digital and non-digital games and gaming. Valja's view on games is in line with constructionist ludology.

    Valja teaches a wide variety of subjects in Aalto University: game history and game design, game education and gamification, online learning, digital art and illustration, graphic design and social media. 

    Valja is part of Martial Arts Based Research team in which he studies the playful and game-like aspects of martial arts.


    #games #gaming #gamedesign #arteducation #visualculture #onlinelearning #gamification #sports #martialart #gender #ableism #digitalart #graphicdesign

    Education/Academic qualification

    Taiteen maisterin tutkinto, kuvataidekasvatus, Aalto-yliopisto

    Award Date: 24 May 2013

    Kuvataidekasvatuksen koulutusohjelma, Aalto-yliopisto, Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu

    Award Date: 3 Sept 2010


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