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.


Upon completion of the course, the students are able to:

- identify ideas related to the meanings and functions of design in live and mediated performance

- develop discussions on aspects of performing and screen arts design

- recognize various ideas, methods and processes involved in design for live/screen/media-based performance and related areas by different scholars and creative professionals

- explore further different practices for design in live and mediated performance

- analyze a work in the field of the performing arts, film or media from a design perspective

Credits: 1

Schedule: 21.09.2020 - 12.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sofia Pantouvaki

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sofia Pantouvaki

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:

    The Scenography, Production and Costume Design Lectures address the theory and practice of design for the performing and screen arts and related areas through encounters with different aspects of design for live and screen/media performance, and with the work and ideas of various professionals. The lectures stimulate critical and analytical thinking on design, culture and performance through the presentation of case studies, comparative studies, artistic work, technical aspects, ideas and theoretical concepts. Based on presentations and discussions, the lectures open new perspectives to special areas in design for live and mediated performance. Scholars and design professionals from the field of performing arts, film and media are invited to present their ideas, experience and practice. The lectures include visual and audio-visual materials or original samples of work materials and artistic work.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    ELO-E5016 Scenography, Production and Costume Design
    Lectures (1-4 cr)


    Autumn 2020

    Monday 21 September 2020

    13:00 – 16:00, on
    Zoom (link:
    / Meeting ID: 683 2052 4477, Passcode: 481895)

    Costume Lecture

    Costume designer in collaboration:
    perspectives from process-based contemporary dance productions

    Tua Helve, Costume Designer and Doctoral candidate
    Aalto University (in English)


    Monday 5 October 2020

    13:00 – 16:00, on Zoom (link: / Meeting ID: 677 7924 2889)

    Costume Lecture

    “Interactive Opera at Primary Schools”: Costume and
    Scenography as Tools for Creative Interaction and New Social Encounters

    Sofia Pantouvaki, Aalto University (in English)


    Monday 2 November 2020

    13:00 – 16:00, on Zoom (link: / Meeting ID: 656 1795 0587)

    Costume Lecture

    Is the Fox Cunning?

    Pipsa Keski-Hakuni, Prop Designer and Maker Finnish National Opera & doctoral candidate Aalto University


    Monday 7 December 2020

    13:00 – 16:00, on Zoom (link: TBC)

    Costume Lecture

    Title TBC


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students' development during the course, motivation, attendance and active participation in discussions. Outcome of independent work, if undertaken.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Attendance to lectures / presentations and participation in in-class discussion 80% and reflection 20% of the total workload.

    Attendance to four (4) Lectures gives 1 credit. The students are free to attend as many lectures as they wish.

    Additional credits can be obtained if students are interested in undertaking a written essay or research assignment or prepare a presentation related to a specific subject or case study from the field of performing and screen arts design.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Texts used in the class will be handed out during the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality