Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


  • Students will present their work in critiques, where they will learn to articulate their own ideas and address the ideas of others.
  • Students learn the skills necessary to conceptualize, plan and execute original artwork.
  • Students learn various artistic techniques in support of their own creative work.
  • These include an understanding of visual perception, both spatially and temporally, and its component parts, including line, color, perspective, and light.
  • They will develop a basic understanding of contemporary art, and are able to connect it to earlier traditions.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 28.10.2020 - 02.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Marja Nurminen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jukka Lehtinen, Marja Nurminen, Hanna Saarikoski

Contact information for the course (valid 06.10.2020-21.12.2112):

Teacher in charge: Marja Nurminen


Hanna Saarikoski

Jukka Lehtinen

Supporting staff for this course:

Coordinator: Olivia Hakala

Workshop master: Maria Mastola

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:

    The core focus of Studio A is to develop the student's personal relationship towards making art. The keyword for the course is "I". The student concentrates on assembling a personal set of artistic and technical skills through learning-by-doing. Two and three dimensional, as well as time-based concepts are investigated through short exercises using observation, experience, and memory. The familiar is juxtaposed with novel and provocative concepts. The student is challenged to consider contemporary art's relationship with art history and tradition.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Please, see the assignments in MyCourses under Group 1 assignments and Group 2 assignments. Grading in the course is pass/fail. The
    reason for this is that students would dare to make short experimental
    rehearsals without a fear for failing. During course risk taking is

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Perception, exercise, and memory-based exercises. Assignments given by the teacher. Supervised task-based working, critiques, and discussions. Exercises using varying techniques (individual and group working9. Exhibition visits. 

    Assessment criteria. Student's personal development, active participation in class, and the ability to absorb and benefit from the instruction.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Grading in the course is
    pass/fail. The reason for this is that students would dare to make short
    experimental rehearsals without a fear for failing. During course risk
    taking is encouraged.

    method in the course is peer review. It means that both unfinished and
    finished works are looked and talked about together. The teacher
    evaluates the works in general critiques and in one to one.


    General Study Principals

    While working and studying on campus, each person must take care to
    maintain appropriate distance from others and good hand hygiene. If you
    have symptoms of a cold, flu or another contagious disease, stay home.

    Based on the broadened mask recommendation from Finnish authorities,
    Aalto University recommends the use of masks in indoor spaces on campus
    starting 1 October. Exceptions can be made for health-related reasons.

    • Instruction
      is based on exercises, lectures and critiques. Evaluation is based on
      the activeness of the student in class, the development of skills and
      knowledge and his or her ability to what he/she has learned.
    • Course compelation requires at least 80% attendance and completion of assigned work given by the teachers by a specific deadline.
    • Students
      are requested to notify the teacher via e-mail, whose classes you are
      absent from (or if the teacher is unavailable, the teacher-in-charge) of
      any absence due to illness or another serious reason.
    • If you are sick, make a substitute assignment for the actual day, which you can find in MyCourses before the next lecture day.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    48 h contact teaching and 33 h independent work


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contemporary Practice: Art, Media, Design and Architecture Culture, Studio A and Studio B partially substitute for the earlier compulsory general studies in art and theory. Substitutions are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and depend on the student's previously completed studies in art and theory. Students may be given supplementary assignments/courses.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:



Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The class starts 9.15. The lunch break will be decided together with the half group and the teacher.