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 student understands the current situation in the field of drawing, is familiar with research into drawing and concepts in the field. What is the difference between a drawing that is an artefact and a drawing that can be used in design 1. as a tool for communication 2. as an instrument of design 3. as a tool for analysis. If drawing is thinking instead of thought, how does it impact us?

Credits: 6

Schedule: 16.02.2022 - 30.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marja Nurminen, Hanna Saarikoski

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):


Marja Nurminen

Hanna Saarikoski

Study Coordinator

Juhana Harju

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The following themes are addressed in the course: the relationship between the body and drawing, the relationship between urban environment and drawing, drawing and the social environment, memory and drawing and a conceptual approach to drawing.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exercises, lectures, personal guidance and independent work.

  • applies in this implementation

    • Course compelation requires at least 80% attendance and completion of assigned work given by the teachers by a specific deadline.
    • Students are requested to notify the teacher via e-mail, whose classes you are
      absent from of any absence due to illness or another serious reason.
    • If you are sick, make a substitute assignment for the actual day, which you can find in MyCourses before the next lecture day.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    88h contact teaching, 74h independent work


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Handouts distributed during the course

    Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover December 1, 2005

    by Emma Dexter (Author)

    Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover May 21, 2013

    by Editors of Phaidon (Author)

    On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century Hardcover  December 31, 2010


  • applies in this implementation

    Vitamin D3: Today's Best in Contemporary Drawing, 2021, Editors of Phaidon

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students.

    Two places are reserved for exchange students.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III-IV

    2021-2022 Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:


    The order of priority for admitting students:

    1. Exchange students in Aalto ARTS, 2 places (applies to courses taught in English)
    2. Minor students (applies to compulsory courses in the minor)
    3. Degree students in Aalto ARTS

  • applies in this implementation

    We have built the course content around findings in Marja Nurminen's doctoral research (forthcoming) especially personal orientations towards drawing.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Course has an important intensive period 21st - 24th of February (Monday - Thursday) when the students are working with their own project. Under the intensive period there will be also guest lectures every morning.