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 who successfully complete the 2ECTS version of the course should be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of examples across a broad continuum of research through art and design practices including artistic research, practice-led and -based research approaches
- Demonstrate an ability to connect and critically discuss across the examples including some common issues pertinent to all forms of research
- Critically articulate their understanding of the relation of artistic research to conventional research paradigms

Students who successfully complete the 4ECTS version of the course should also be able to:
- Articulate a critical comprehension of more specific approaches (including artistic and -based research, practice-led and -based research) between theory and art and design practices
- Demonstrate an ability to motivate, integrate and apply this comprehension to their own research (or research plan).


Credits: 2

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 01.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mira Kallio-Tavin, Maarit Mäkelä

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mira Kallio-Tavin, Maarit Mäkelä

Contact information for the course (valid 09.10.2020-21.12.2112):

Mira Kallio-Tavin

+358 50 3442082


Maarit Mäkelä

+358 50 3722168

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 course introduces a variety of approaches, methodologies, issues and concerns in ‘research through practice’. Here, ‘research through practice’ refers to a broad continuum of artistic research approaches, arts-based, practice-led and -based research approaches, and constructive design research approaches, relevant across practices in Aalto  ARTS. The course introduces researchers and their research work from Aalto and elsewhere, including and increasing dialogue with and among these researchers. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Lectures, Discussions, Reading assignments. The 4ECTS version of the course also includes reading circle and mapping exercises.

    - Participation in contact teaching sessions (including 85% attendance)

    - Completion of preparation and reflection work (reading and writing).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    2ECTS = 54 hours
    - Contact teaching 32h
    - Individual/group work: 22h

    The 2ECTS version of the course is a broad introduction to the topic.  The 4ECTS version of the course focuses on deepening and applying this through pedagogical activities that guide students to integrate such perspectives within their own research work.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Two of the below articles / chapters:

    Arlander, Annette & Elo, Mika (2017). Ekologinen näkökulma taidetutkimukseen. Tiede & Edistys 4, 335-346.

    Mäkelä, Maarit (2016). Personal exploration: Serendipity and intentionality as altering positions in a creative process. FORMakademisk 9 (1), Article 2, 1-12.

    Suominen, Anniina & Kallio-Tavin, Mira & Hernández-Hernández Fernando (2017). Art-Based Research Traditions and Orientations in Europe. Perspectives from Finland and Spain. In Patricia Leavy (Ed.) Handbook of Arts-Based Research. The Guilford Press: New York. 101-120.

    Additional literature will be given during the course

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality