Credits: 10

Schedule: 26.02.2019 - 04.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Maarit Mäkelä

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

Maarit Mäkelä

tel. +358 50 3722168

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The aim of the course is to provide challenging environment for action, where the student is encouraged to experiment his/her ideas related to a given theme with a brave and open-minded attitude. The main objectives of the course are 1) to nourish the creative process with material exploration and experiments with different techniques 2) to support the self-managing of the creative process with documentation, reflection and discussions. At the end of the course the student should be capable to exhibit a tangible art/craft piece or design and reflect on its birth and meaningfulness in written format.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Each year the course have special theme and the course starts with five-days excursion to the theme-related destination in Finland. The starting point of the course is an idea of a researching artist/designer with a capability to conceptualize the perceived phenomena and experience. For supporting the process, the students keep working diary throughout the course. In the diary, the students reflect the working process by sketching and writing. In addition, the students document the entire process by photographing, videotaping or with other recording media. The students can utilise different studios when elaborating their individual tasks and producing their final artefact. This work is supported with tutoring sessions, shared discussions, lectures, excursions and literature assignments. The course consists in three phases: (I) collecting information (excursions, lectures, literature); (II) processing and interpreting the collected data (working in studios, sharing the process in group sessions); and (III) presenting the interpretation (final artefact and related exhibition).

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

During the second week of the course 3-9.3.2019 we will travel with night train for a 6 nights journey in Northern Finland. Travels and accommodation are payed, but the students have to pay 100 euros for the food. The journey is elemental part of the course and the students who does not participate to the journey can not take the course.

The exhibition will be built 8-10.4. Exhibition opening is Wednesday evening 10.4. and final critique takes place on Thursday 11.4.

After the course, the students have one period time to write and deliver the final reflection the deadline being 31.5.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

For passing the course, the student has to participate in excursion, lectures and group activity (80%), and present the final artefact. After the course, the student has to deliver learning diary. Evaluation criteria: activity during the course, the creative process, quality of the final artefact and learning diary.

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

Activity during the course 25 %

Creative process 25 %

Qualiiy of the final artefact 25 %

Learning diary 25 %

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

270 h

Journey 50 h

Briefing, reviews, lecturing and tutoring sessions 40 h

Independent art/craft/design work 130 h

Learning diary 20 h

Personal reflection 30 h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

The workload is calculated so that it is 6 weeks full time working (10 study credits).

During the 7th week the students build up an exhibition. Showcasing the work in the exhibition is credited with 2 extra study credits.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Kosonen, Krista & Mäkelä, Maarit (2012). Designing platform for exploring and reflecting on creative process. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 45, 227 – 238. Other literature sources will be given during the course. Other literature sources will be given during the course.

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

Kosonen & Mäkelä is the first reading in the course and has to be read for Thursday 28.2.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course replaces course MUO-E5010 in the old degree requirement

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Priority to Contemporary Design students and Product and Spatial Design students who have this course accepted in their personal study plan. 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.


Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Max 15 students. Please notice that the enrollment time ends two weeks before the course starts. The acceptance will be informed to all applicants one week before the start of the module.

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

After getting the course acceptance, the student has to send a confirmation e-mail to the teacher.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

The weekly schedule follows the below timeline:

Mondays: Writing weekly reflection

Tuesdays 9.15 - 17.00: Contact teaching / going through weekly assignments

Wednesday: Reading assignment & Taking further personal assignment

Thursday 9.15 - 12.00 or 15.00: Contact teaching / going through weekly reading assignment + lectures + excursions

Friday: Possibility for personal tutoring & Personal assignment


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