Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.03.2019 - 01.04.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV 2018-2019

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


  • The students learn to examine critically their surroundings and to find out about the role of concepts like “efficiency”, “failure” or “learning” in our every day experiences.
  • The students learn to do an experimental artistic work and to put it into the context of an environment. The students learn to address issues that have an effect on our every day lives and are often left unnoticed.
  • The students learn to use the continuous prototype also as a thinking model, as an artistic tool to get different views to our surroundings or to an issue at hand. 

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

In this course students will become acquainted with artworks, art making and artistic research from the point of view of a continuous prototype. Students will then be able to develop the idea of what a ‘prototype’ means in their own fields and how to use it as a thinking tool in new ways.
A prototype is normally defined as “a first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction” or as ”a standard or typical example” (Webster Dictionary) In connection to artistic work the discussion about prototypes points to material, technical or spatial experiments. In addition to that it also points to experimenting with time or deals with imaginary issues.

The prototype discussed during the course is not heading towards production. Instead the experience gathered from a test setup is used to develop the next work in the next test setup. To reject a working setup and to build a new one from scratch is part of proceeding with the work.
During the course the students use their own respective fields of interest to build continues prototype situations, i.e. test setups.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 36 h
Independent work 99 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Will be given in the beginning of the course

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

UWAS course selection criteria: Registration order is not the primary selection criteria for this course. In order to ensure that students from different programs and schools of Aalto University may take UWAS courses, the selection is also based on the variety of students' disciplines. Master's students are also welcome.


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