Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 08.04.2019

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

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-IV 2018-2019

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will gain practical understanding of multisensorial experiences in everyday life and in art and design making. Participants will have basic knowledge of speculative and critical design and learn to communicate sensoriality in design projects.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course offers understanding of multisensoriality and its potential in communicating ideas. We will explore multisensoriality through personal experiences, learning about sensory impairment and hands on studio-assignments. Art and design practices are approached as means of personal exploration as well as aiming for societal impact.
Students will learn to communicate ideas using the concepts of speculative and critical design. Also playful and absurd thinking is welcomed to express ideas in these areas. Each student will plan and execute an individual or group project focusing on sensory experience. Students are encouraged to work in transdisciplinary groups to explore the theme.

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

Hands on studio-assignments include exploring sensorial experience and materiality through hapticity, sound and e.g. clay and glass material.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, excursion, hands-on studio work, group work, presentations, discussions and learning diary
80% attendance to contact sessions is required, as well as execution of assignments and a project.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

49 h lectures, excursions, contact teaching
85 h independent and group work
80 % attendance is compulsory

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

Monday afternoons are reserved for meetings, discussions, lectures, workshops and project work. Reading and writing assignments will be given to be completed in between classes. Each student will prepare short presentations and is expected to take part in discussions and group work. We will work together on the topic for the first half of the course. During the second half the students will complete an individual or group project. 

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

To be announced.

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Pass / Fail

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.

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 


Introduction to each other and to the topic and aims of the course. Discussion and exercises.


Clay workshop


Haptic exploration workshop: 

Visual and hearing impairment

Haptic exploration of environment, including social contact

Social-haptic communication, basiv touch messages

Feeling music, exploring and how to portray musical elements


Lecture on critical and speculative design. Presentations on given topic.


Glass workshop.

Presentations on given topic.


Group work. Bring pens, water colors / quache, brushes, paper glue, scissors etc.

18.2. -


Presenting your project


Project work


Project work


Project work


Project work


Project work




Registration and further information