AKTO (Athenian Artistic & Technological Group) AKTO College

mission statement

AKTO is the leading non-state Art & Design Institution in Greece. We are committed to preparing successful and creative professionals, who are distinguished by their talent, professionalism and ethos. Education at AKTO is built on solid academic foundations, while at the same time, its career-focused-scope fully incorporates the latest industry trends. We aim at supporting our students to form well-rounded personalities and to confidently pursue their future in a global market.

international role

AKTO was the first Greek institution to seek and attain validation for its programmes from a UK University, in 1991. Since then, AKTO has become Middlesex University's strategic partner in Southeast Europe. AKTO currently offers eight BA (Hons) and two MA programmes, validated by Middlesex University. Many of these programmes did not exist elsewhere in Greece, nor existed in the curriculum of Middlesex University at the time when they were submitted for validation, making thus AKTO a higher education pioneer. AKTO's long relationship with Middlesex University has prompted other Greek colleges to seek alliances with several European institutions. AKTO can therefore be seen as the educational institution leading the way in associating Greek private higher education with its European counterparts.

AKTO and its programmes are subject to periodic audit and review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the Greek Ministry of Education as well as constant assessment by Middlesex University.

national role

Collaborations between national educational institutions and private colleges do not normally occur in Greece. AKTO, however, has collaborated with prominent academics to organize a series of conferences and lectures, including: Education in Fine and Applied Arts, Visual Design & Creative Expression, Architecture & Industrial Design, Education & Society, inviting thus public university faculty members as speakers, as well as prominent politicians, artists, publishers and journalists. In addition, AKTO’s libraries have a standing collaboration with those of public institutions. AKTO supports organizations, associations and institutes which promote the arts, culture and design, either in the form of sponsorship or with the mutual organization of educational or cultural events.

AKTO students and graduates’ work was presented in 2010 at “Art Athina” – the International Contemporary Art Fair in Athens, where galleries and cultural institutions, publishing houses and media from around the world were involved. The “Pecha Kucha” Night (meaning “the sound of discussion” in Japanese) started in Tokyo in 2003 and by now is widely recognized, as it takes place in 155 cities worldwide. The “Pecha Kucha” Night Athens, mainly relating to the young public, within the broader area of art and design, was also sponsored by AKTO. The Greek “Graphic Design & Illustration Awards” (EVGE) are also supported by AKTO, who participates in the annual competition under the hospices of the International Confederation of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) and the Greek Association of Graphic Designers (EGE). ΑΚΤΟ also sponsors the “Hermes Awards”, the only awards in Greece acknowledging Creativity in Communication. It is a very important event, which is organized on an annual basis by the “Greek Advertising & Communication Companies Association”.

Further, several AKTO tutors, students and graduates participated with their distinguishable cows, in the “Athens Cow Parade”, the international art event that has been hosted by more than 50 countries worldwide, amongst them Greece (Athens). At the same time, ΑΚΤΟ has supported, for a number of years, the International Comics Festival, “Babel Festival”, organized locally since 1996. The festival aims to share current trends in international comics and graphic design with the public. The festival events include contemporary artists’ exhibitions, concerts, street theatre, publications & fanzines, as well as presentations dedicated to prominent illustrators and creators of comics, whose work is a point of reference for new generations. In addition, the Organizing Committee for the 2004 Athens Olympics assigned to AKTO students the design of exhibition kiosks, where specifically designed stamps for the 2004 Games were displayed. AKTO Graphic Design students also created posters for the Paralympics, while the Photography students had the opportunity to work at the Kodak Press Centre. On the same basis, the Municipality of Athens approached AKTO to redesign the uniforms of its cleaning and technical services staff ahead of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

AKTO students organized a photography exhibition that included shots of several concerts of the National Orchestra of Athens, on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. The exhibition was held at the foyer of the Athens Concert Hall, Greece’s state-of-the-art complex for orchestral music and opera. Moreover, in 2008, the Greek National Opera presented some events dedicated to composer Giacomo Puccini on the 150th anniversary of his birth. The opening of these performances was accompanied by an exhibition of posters designed by AKTO’s Graphic Design students, held in the foyer of the historic Olympia Theatre. AKTO has also held a couple of collaborations with the Hellenic Air Force: Graphic Design students were assigned a poster design to mark the HAF’s annual celebration event and at the same time the Interior Architecture students competed in redesigning the Museum of the Air Force Academy in Athens.

AKTO participated in the 2010 “Design Lab”, the pioneering Greek exhibition for Architectural, Interior and Industrial design, presenting AKTO students’ projects. Two of the canoe-kayak models exhibited, designed and built by our students, were highly complimented. The materials were sponsored by Sunseeker Hellas. Besides, AKTO photography graduates organized an exhibition titled “Apopseis” (views) in collaboration with Photovision, Greece’s premier photographic exhibition since 1995. The exhibition attracts a large number of visitors and is accompanied by a series of cultural events.

Industrial & Business Connections – Enjoying unbroken trust in the employment market is very important for an educational institution. The high standards of education offered by AKTO is appreciated by the Greek market and has given us the opportunity to run innovative and exclusive industry projects, competitions or activities of social and educational interest with significant industry partners. By introducing industry-inspired projects to curriculum studies, or as extracurricular activities, AKTO brings students in touch with real market conditions, assisting them in networking even before their graduation. Collaborations lead to public presentation of student work and awards for the winners. Indicative examples of collaboration include: Motorola on the occasion of the company’s promotional campaign in Greece, during which our Fashion, Fine Art and Photography students organized a show and exhibition, inspired by two of the telecom giant’s telephone models, Pebl & Razor. Further, on the occasion of the circulation of the A-Class model, Mercedes Benz Hellas assigned AKTO’s Fine Art students the creation of relevant contemporary artwork. The end result was presented at an exhibition and the best works were awarded prizes by representatives of the company. Campari Amvix, Campari’s importer in Greece, commissioned a competitive exhibition of original artwork entitled “Red passion”, while Texaco Greece assigned a competition to AKTO’s Photography students. The 12 award winning photographs were printed and comprised the creative element in the company’s calendar. Neoset, one of the largest Greek furniture chains in Greece, announced a competition among AKTO’s Product Design students titled “A proposal for a new way of life 15-25”. The students designed multi-use furniture for the age bracket and presented their proposals at an exhibition, which was dismantled and re-displayed in all the Neoset salesrooms. Coffeeway, one of the largest coffee retail chains in Greece, requested AKTO’s support in adding an artistic touch to its stores. For a period of one year, AKTO’s students participated in a series of briefings run by the company’s marketing department, thus producing creative proposals. The nominated work every month decorated the windows of the chain stores, nationwide. AKTO Sketch–Comics–Cartoon and Fine Art students created work using intense colouring based on the main characteristic of Hewlett Packard. These artworks were exhibited at open-air events on central squares in Athens and members of the public were offered the opportunity to take prints displaying the outstanding colour, a result achieved by HP technology. The event was presented under HP’s banner, “the value of authenticity”. Mont Blanc Tzannes, the representative of Mont Blanc in Greece, assigned a creative photography competition to AKTO students. The theme was the historic Meisterstuck fountain pen. The results were displayed at a photography exhibition in Athens, accompanied by the publication of an album with the award-winning photographs. AKTO Interior Architecture students decorated the windows of the most prominent Greek bookstores, Eleftheroudakis. The winning proposals were used as the bookstores’ Christmas window decorations.

main focus

AKTO’s main focus is on its undergraduate BA (Hons) degrees as well as its postgraduate MA programmes, but at the same time attention is paid on its lifelong learning and vocational training programmes in all its art and design disciplines. Our future goal will be the development of a number of new postgraduate courses.

faculties and departments

BA Department, MA Department, Vocational Training Department (IEK), Life Long Learning Department (Distance & Open Learning, Short Courses & Seminars)

bachelor level programs

BA (Hons) Graphic Design (3 years)

BA (Hons) Product & Design Innovation (3 years)

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture (3 years)

BA (Hons) Fine Art & New Media (3 years)

BA (Hons) Fashion Design (3 years)

BA (Hons) Photography (3 years)

BA (Hons) Animation & Interactive Media (3 years)

BA (Hons) Sketch-Comics-Cartoon (3 years)

master level programs

MA in Design (3 semesters)

MA in Digital Design & New Media (3 semesters)

research activity and main areas

While AKTO does not yet have a research programme, there is a strong research requirement in the main MA Projects which are conducted in various art and design study fields, offered by the College, and could be further developed in the future.

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