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.


After completing the course students are able to:
- apply acquired design skills to different media platforms and environments
- develop their creative expression in a more diverse way in the fields of visual communication design and fine arts related activities

Credits: 2

Schedule: 19.10.2020 - 23.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Arja Karhumaa, Tarja Nieminen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Antti Hietaniemi, Tarja Nieminen

Contact information for the course (valid 03.09.2020-21.12.2112):

Baltic-Nordic Mythology: a media workshop

(an optional online workshop)

19-23 October, 2020

Workshop coordinator:

Tarja Nieminen


VCD, Media Department

Workshop tutors:

Tarja Nieminen, Antti Hietaniemi and Santtu Oja (MA student assistant) from the Aalto Arts and Ausra Lisauskiene (and other lecturers) from the VDA, Academy of Arts in Vilnius, Lithuania

Workshop core:

• exchange of cultural heritage - especially that of mythology, its meaning and applications today (there will be presentations by visiting lecturers from both countries)

• cultural communication

• update of the cultural heritage to the present in the context of art and design

• software tutoring

In the workshop, each participant will design a set of moving mythological creatures.

The stress will be on the role of mythology - what do the characters
represent, what do they stand for? In addition to the mythology of
mainstream culture, information will be given on cultural minorities of
the regions (Baltic and Nordic countries),  e.g. Sámi culture and its

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:

    Varies by workshop. Individual or group work.

    VCD offers multiple one-week workshops over the study year with varying content. See content descriptions of specific study events for more detailed information.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The successful completion of this course requires at least 80% attendance and satisfactory completion of assignment/s. 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Student workload 54-405 h, the number of contact teaching and independent work hours depends on the workshop/s offered.


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022: