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.


The aim of the course is to provide challenging environment for action, where the students are encouraged to experiment their ideas related to a given theme with a brave and open-minded attitude. The main objectives of the course are (1) to nourish the creative process with material exploration and experiments with different techniques and (2) to support the self-managing of the creative process with documentation, reflection and discussions. Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

* Identify suitable ways to document their ideas, processes and outcomes

* Understand how creative process proceeds

* Implement their ideas in to a form of an artefact by using a variety of skills, tools and materials

* Organise the issues related to their creative process in a written format

* Coordinate their own creative process

* Produce a tangible art/craft piece or design and reflect on its birth and meaningfulness in written format

Credits: 10

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 08.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Maarit Mäkelä

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Maarit Mäkelä

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:

    Each year the course have special theme and the course starts with five-days excursion to the theme-related destination in Finland. The starting point of the course is an idea of a researching artist/designer with a capability to conceptualize the perceived phenomena and experience. For supporting the process, the students keep working diary throughout the course. In the diary, the students reflect the working process by sketching and writing. In addition, the students document the entire process by photographing, videotaping or with other recording media. The students can utilise different studios when elaborating their individual tasks and producing their final artefact. This work is supported with tutoring sessions, shared discussions, lectures, excursions and literature assignments. The course consists in three phases: (I) collecting information (excursions, lectures, literature); (II) processing and interpreting the collected data (working in studios, sharing the process in group sessions); and (III) presenting the interpretation (final artefact and related exhibition).

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    For passing the course, the student has to participate in excursion, lectures and group activity (80%), and present the final artefact. After the course, the student has to deliver learning diary. Evaluation criteria: activity during the course, the creative process, quality of the final artefact and learning diary.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    270 h / 10 cr

    Journey 54 h / 2 cr

    Briefing, reviews, lecturing and tutoring sessions 54 h / 2 cr

    Independent art/craft/design work 108 h / 4 cr

    Learning diary 27 h / 1 cr

    Personal reflection 27 h / 1 cr


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kosonen, Krista & Mäkelä, Maarit (2012). Designing platform for exploring and reflecting on creative process. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 45, 227 238. Other literature sources will be given during the course. Other literature sources will be given during the course.

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