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.


Participants with an intermediary to advanced set of skills and experience in areas of art design and ecology will spend an intensive period of time with peers and faculty with the objective of deepening, focusing and situating existing knowledge and engagements pertaining to critically ecological thinking and practice.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 31.05.2021 - 04.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Lucy Davis

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Lucy Davis

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 Field Ecology Intensive proposes an intensive period of transdisciplinary, research and reflection in a field location of key ecological significance. The course is designed as a collaboration between disciplines and possibly also departments. It is targeted at students with an existing interest in nature and culture in their art design, media or activist practice. It might be beneficial for students who are considering such concerns as part of their thesis.

    The precise emphasis and site of this course will change from year to year, depending upon the combination of faculty involved.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    InsideCourse Time: Lectures & in-class exercises (30%)

    Participation will be followed by a final presentation and a written reflection on the field work intensive process.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    42h Contact teaching, 93h independent work.

    As this is a participatory process, complete attendance is especially important for this off-campus workshop. The course is designed so that participants come with existing experiences, research projects or engagements and use these as means of critical reflection.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided in syllabus.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This is an intermediary-to-advanced level course. Participants are required to have already taken an MA-level course at the Aalto School of Arts, Design or Architecture on a topic pertaining to Art and Ecology/Culture and Nature (or equivalent) in order to qualify for this course.

    This course has maximum 15 participants and requires students to submit a motivation letter


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land