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.


On a successful completion of the course, students

- are familiar with various photo books and the solutions used in them.

- have  basic understanding of the design and production of a photo publication and are able to apply this information in their own photo publications.

- know the materials used in photographic publications, such as different paper grades and binding styles, and understand how they affect the end result.

- understand the meaning and potential of layout in visual narrative and photo book design .

- are able to design their own photobook, its layout and material choices.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 02.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Marjaana Kella

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marjaana Kella

Contact information for the course (valid 17.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Please note that participation in the course requires existing material for a possible photo publication and students for this course are selected based on a motivation letter. 

In this letter you should describe what kind of material / project you have. If you already have some plans for the book, you can tell about those as well. You can also include a few sample images. Send the letter preferably in PDF format. Please send the letter latest by the August  31 to! 

The detailed list of locations and/or links for remote classes will be published on the course front page at the beginning of September.

For more information, please contact Juha Nenonen:

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:

    Designing one’s own photo publication. Presenting photo publications and analysing them. Discussing content, technical and artistic possibilities and solutions in photo publications. The relationship between image and text, graphic form and funding a photo publication.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, assignments, personal tutoring, demonstrations. The accepted performance of the course requires completing the assigned tasks and 80% attendance at course meetings. If a student implements his or her own photo publication, the personal tutoring is possible at the stage of the implementation of the publication.


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Credits can be comprised of the course and designing and/or completing one's own photobook. The course  is worth 6 ects, in addition you can get credits for additional independent work.

    Contact teaching approx. 30-40 %: lectures, personal tutoring, critique.
    Independent working 60-70 %: preparation for the lectures, completing assignments, preparation for critiques

    In case the student is completing a photobook, the credits are evaluated according to the student’s workload, so that 1 ects equals to approx. 27 hour’s independent work .


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be agreed separately with the teacher.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    DOM-E3042 Valokuvataiteen työpajat

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participation in the course requires existing material for a possible photo publication.

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