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: 

- recognise and summarize their own learning achievements.
- apply visual communication design to interpret complex problems.
- explain dimensions of designers’ responsibility and possibilities to influence.
- exemplify and organize strategic goals for design.
- co-create and justify future learning challenges in design.
- produce visual designs to illustrate key aspects of design challenges.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 21.04.2021 - 04.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Turkka Keinonen, Rupesh Vyas

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Turkka Keinonen, Rupesh Vyas

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: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    In this course, students evaluate and reflect on their learning achievements during the first academic year and identify and decide on socially and environmentally relevant themes for their forthcoming study contents for the following year. The working modes in the course include lectures, reading assignments, workshops, visual design assignments, self-reflective assignments and design reviews dealing with visual communication design, personal learning achievements, responsibility and impacts of design. The evaluation and theme setting is organized through a collaborative process supported by various information visualization techniques.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The final grade for the course is based students’ attendance and participation in the contact teaching (20%) as well as the quality of their poster assignments (50%) and reflection assignments (30%). The criteria for assessment include depth and level of justifications of design insights, communication skills and timely submission. 

  • 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) 35 hours
    - Individual and group work 38 hours
    - Personal reflection 8 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A reading list is provided at the beginning of the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students need to have completed the following courses before taking this course: ARTX-C1016 Introductory design project and ARTX-C1005 Thematic studio I. 

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption