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.


At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- discuss contemporary design and media cultures and their phenomena verbally and visually. 
- describe verbally and visually how their own work and aspirations relate to the broader historical and contemporary societal context.
- carry out a small video production project by designing, shooting, editing and presenting a short video narrative.  

Credits: 3

Schedule: 30.10.2020 - 11.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Teemu Leinonen, Heidi Paavilainen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Teemu Leinonen, Heidi Paavilainen

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

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: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In this course, students familiarize themselves with international design and media history, main trends and discourses. The historical changes are studied in relation to the contemporary design and media culture. Each course session is supplemented with lectures, readings, documentary movies and video lectures, which students are expected to explore independently and to prepare to participate in the classroom discussions on them. Students must complete one group assignment, a video essay, during the course and present it to others at the end of the course.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The final grade for the course is based on students’ attendance and participation in the contact teaching as well as the assignments that the students complete during the course.
    Students must attend and actively participate in at least 80% of the contact teachings.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The total workload for the course amounts to 81 hours (I ECTS credits = 27 hours). 
    - Contact teaching (including final presentation) 24 hours   
    - Independent work (preparing to classroom sessions) 24 hours
    - Group work (assignments) 25 hours
    - Personal reflection 8 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A material list including video lectures, documentary movies, readings and articles is provided in the course syllabus.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022: