Heikka Valja


Doctoral candidate 2015–
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Master of Arts 2013
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Art Education

Masters thesis: Working with image in the changing university 

Student exchange in Japan 2010–2011
Western Painting

Internship Frey Oy 2013, graphic design, branding, marketing, animation

Teaching Experience

Part-time lecturer 2009–, Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture
Digital Art, Graphic design, Information and communication technology, Game pedagogy

Part-time lecturer 2016–, Helsinki Vocational College
Game Art, Graphic design

Teacher 2010–2011, Annantalo Art Center for Children and Youth
Drawing and Painting


Northern Savonia art teachers, Kuopio 2014

Finnish association for Art Teachers, Kouvola 2014, Should I be interested in games

NAEA, New York 2012 with Reetta Nisonen and Juuso Tervo

InSea, Rovaniemi 2010 as a part of Finnish-American student presentation

Working experience

Entrepreneur 2009–, Illustration, Graphic Design, Game Design, Training

Art Director 2015, Kubo Oy

Partner and AD 2013–, Pimu Consulting Oy

AD and Game Designer 2010–, Cycpops! -role playing game publisher

Assistant (image and visibility) 2011–, Aalto University

Producer 2010, AHNE-art festival

Performance artist 2009–2010, Espoo Museum of Modern Art

AD, graphic designer 2008, AHNE-art festival

Positions of responsibility

Founding member 2014–, Finnish association for Game education

Member of the board 2008-2009, Board of the Degree Program in Art Education

Representative 2008, Student Union TOKYO

Cabinet member 2008, Subject Association of Art Education


Fluent English

Excellent ADP skills. Adobe CS.

Good technical skills: lithography, metal graphics, painting materials and techniques, sculpture.

Finnish kendo champion 2013 and 2014