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.


Students gain tools to study and present mathematical ideas via artistic methods. Through site-specific thinking in terms of e.g. scale, proportion and materials, students are encouraged to assess and control the variables of visual expression. Consequently, the students develop an intuitive and visual approach to the study of mathematical phenomena. They learn how to develop their thinking and plans in multidisciplinary teams, how to set and achieve common goals, allocate roles and responsibilities, break the project down into separate tasks and determine the final outcomes. Scheduling, budgeting, documenting skills are enhanced.


Credits: 15

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 27.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kirsi Peltonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kirsi Peltonen

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:

    During the course student groups will build a prominent, mathematically themed art exhibition targeted to a wide audience. Through the art projects students deepen their understanding of various geometric and topological phenomena, and find new interpretations of them.

    Various topics especially from low dimensional topology and geometry. Symmetries and tilings through classifications. Euclidean, spherical and hyperbolic models for geometry. Polyhedrons in low dimensions, geometry of surfaces and orbifolds. Minimal surfaces, ruled surfaces, projections, Hopf fibration and other structures. Ideas from fractal geometry and dynamics.  Topics from Kleinian groups and knot theory. Origami and its connections to diverse fields. Algorithmic Architecture. Artists and architects in related fields from past to present.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Students must participate in 80% of the contact teaching. The course consists of project work completed in groups of at most six people at Aalto Design Factory. All steps of the project: planning, implementation, documentation and presentations will have an impact on grades. Individual input is also taken into account by reflections, portfolios, exercises and essays. Optional forms of completing the course can be provided, if required. A complete evaluation and monitoring of learning is performed during the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching: 6h/week x 12 weeks=72h, exhibition 36h, independent study: 150h



Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be determined at the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Mat-1.3000 Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics meets Art and Architecture (6-10 cr)