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.


The student understands the current situation in the field of drawing, is familiar with research into drawing and concepts in the field. What is the difference between a drawing that is an artefact and a drawing that can be used in design 1. as a tool for communication 2. as an instrument of design 3. as a tool for analysis. If drawing is thinking instead of thought, how does it impact us?

Credits: 6

Schedule: 17.02.2021 - 31.03.2021

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

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

Contact information for the course (valid 21.01.2021-21.12.2112):


Marja Nurminen

Hanna Saarikoski

Study Coordinator

Sanna Väisänen

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 following themes are addressed in the course: the relationship between the body and drawing, the relationship between urban environment and drawing, drawing and the social environment, memory and drawing and a conceptual approach to drawing.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course is taught remotly via zoom.

    We have built the course content around findings in Marja Nurminen's doctoral research (forthcoming) especially personal orientations towards drawing. Course has an important intensive period 22 nd - 25th of February (Monday - Thursday) when the students are working with their own project. Under the intensive period there will be also guest lectures every morning.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Exercises, lectures, personal guidance and independent work.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    88h contact teaching, 74h independent work


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Handouts distributed during the course

    Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover December 1, 2005

    by Emma Dexter (Author)

    Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover May 21, 2013

    by Editors of Phaidon (Author)

    On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century Hardcover  December 31, 2010

    by Connie Butler (Author), Benjamin Buchloh (Author), Catherine de Zegher (Editor)

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Look at the MyCourses the materials you need to have from the first day.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    01250 Contemporary Drawing

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Art Periods 1, 2,3 or Introduction to Drawing and Painting 1 and 2 or equivalent knowledge level.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption