Credits: 3

Schedule: 26.02.2019 - 02.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Tuija Peltomaa

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is focused on Finnish design in the modern era. The aim is to develop an understanding of Finnish design in its historical, cultural, social, economic and technological context. Students will become familiar with designed artefacts and their relationship with the built environment, learn about materials, innovations, production and consumption.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is suited for both, Finnish and Exchange students.
Our learning is focused on the history of design in Finland from the art nouveau to the contemporary era. Introducing the primary phases, designers, crafts and designed artefacts. We will explore how art and design have historically influenced one another. We will study and discuss the narrative of Finnish design in a cultural, social, economic and political context. We will ask how designed objects and environments reflect historical, social, economic and political conditions. The selected themes and examples are designed to increase students’ ability to apply historical knowledge in analysis about contemporary Finnish design. Encourage the students’ points of interest thus contributing to their own creative work.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

  • No previous studies on the subject are required.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, presentations, group work and discussions. Visits to museums or current exhibitions.
Learning diary or portfolio.
Successful completion of the course requires students to participate in 80% of the classes, as well as to complete all the given assignments

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

  • Successful completion of the course requires students to participate in 80% of the classes, as well as to complete all the given assignments.
  • You will be asked to make a learning diary of on 4 themes, from 5 lectures of your own choice and of 1 visit to the Design Museum.
  • The assignments are given as the course proceeds and they are published in MyCourses.
  • In addition you may be asked to prepare for the lessons / museum visit by reading short texts or making annotations on a given theme.
  • Active participation in our meetings each Tuesday and taking part in the discussion is counted for your benefit.
  • Evaluation 0 – 5.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 18 h, independent work 36 h.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Recommended reading

  • Finnish Design. A Concise History, Pekka Korvenmaa, 2009.
  • Modern Life! Finnish Modernism and the International Dimension. Parvs, 2017.
  • Now the Light comes from the North. Art Nouveau in Finland. Bröhan-Museum, 2002.
  • From Folklore to Applied Arts. Aspects of Finnish Culture. Päivi Molarius (ed.), 1993.

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Minimum amount of participants is 8 students.
Two places are reserved for exchange students.
Written assignments may also be done in Finnish or Swedish.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

See MyCourses –> Schedule


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