Cumulus (Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media) was founded in 1990 by the former University of Art and Design Helsinki TAIK with Royal College of Art London. Danmarks Designskole, Gerrit Rietvelt Academy, Universität Gesamthochschule Essen and Universität für Angewandte Kunst in Wien joined Cumulus in the very beginning.
Cumulus Secretariat is hosted by Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. Cumulus has grown over the years to a global association and in 2010 Cumulus had 169 members world wide from 43 countries.
Cumulus organizes annually two major conferences but also seminars, courses, workshops and exhibitions. Cumulus collaborates with companies and organizations. Cumulus has so far agreed to organize conferences till 2015. Cumulus partners do among them student, teacher and staff mobility, intensive courses, curriculum development and research.
- Cumulus' website (cumulusassociation.org)