Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On successful completion of this course, you  will be able to:
- express ideas and narratives by means of visual writing and experimental typography
- recognise the multiplicity of textual practices, their conventions and potentialities
- express yourself confidently by textual means
- challenge preconceived ideals of readability, legibility, and authorship
- describe theories on and give examples of the materiality of language
- use writing as material for design, and design as material for writing

Credits: 6

Schedule: 16.04.2019 - 22.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Arja Karhumaa

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Arja Karhumaa

Contact information for the course (valid 15.04.2019-21.12.2112):

Assistant Professor Arja Karhumaa

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Focusing on the materiality of language, this course helps you amplify your identity as a 'visual person' towards full confidence in working with text, and to expand your vocabulary of expression accordingly. With a playful and experimental mindset, the course introduces you to a variety of methods, examples and theories concerning language and writing from a visual and material perspective.

    Notions and methods such as textual appropriation, translation, illegible writing, flarf, writing by rules and constraints, as well as other means of uncreative writing are explored both in practice and in theory. Experimental typography as well as concrete, visual and conceptual poetry can be explored according to your interests.

    The course projects can be gathered and presented as a book, a website, an installation, an exhibition, or any combination of these.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Class exercises and course assignments/projects. The successful completion of this course will require 80 % attendance. Students will be required to give course feedback in order to successfully complete this course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course evaluation is graded 1–5.

    As evaluation criteria, the following are considered at the end of the course, each of them equal:

    - reflective and original responses to assignments

    - attentiveness and evolution of design/writing/thinking process

    - active participation in class activities and discussions

    - an element of care in craft and presentation

    - an understanding of how technology and media contribute to text

    - consideration, participation and respect towards fellow students’ work

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Class work 48 h, independent work 114 h

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Hours in class are approximately divided in

    10 h lectures
    10 h group work 
    20 h Interactive teaching sessions 
    20 h independent work

    Hours of independent work are approximately divided in

    10 hours reading 
    6 h commenting on each others work
    40 thinking, evaluationg, preparing for class
    45 h working on the assignment


Study Material
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course materials can be found on the Mycourses main page.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    10 Reduced Inequality


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course schedule can be found on the Mycourses main page.


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