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.


On a successful completion of the course, students

- know how a thesis can be technically and contentwise completed.

know how to present their work in progress and how to give feedback on other students' projects.

have started their theses works and processed them.

know how to define a research question.

have recieved comments and assist regarding their work in progress.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 16.09.2021 - 17.03.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heli Rekula

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

Heli Rekula / / +358 50 3290017

Hanna Timonen /

Harri Pälviranta /

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:

    During the seminar, students will present their work in progress and participate in discussions on the research questions of other students' theses. In the seminar, we review and discuss both artistic and academic parts, as well as propose source literature related to each thesis.

  • applies in this implementation


    In the Master´s Thesis Seminar we discuss issues related to the content and form of students' theses in progress. The main methods of the seminar are presentations and discussions about students´ work at their different stages. In the seminar we also explore alternative approaches for structuring the thesis and review previous theses in the field of photography and art.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminar work and personal tutoring.

  • applies in this implementation

    Completion of the course requires 80% attendance at seminar meetings, two presentations of your work during the course, preparing for comments, participation in discussions and a group work.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    45 hours of group meetings, 20 hours of independent work.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be given during the seminar.

    Get to know about the graduation and about the master's thesis in ARTS in

    Students should consult the "Master s Thesis Guide of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture" for further details.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-Spring IV

    2021-2022 Autumn I-Spring 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:

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    We have six seminar meetings in the autumn 2021 and six in the spring term 2022. Autumn seminars are on Thursdays, in the afternoon at 13:00-16:30. Spring seminars are in the morning from 9:15-12:00.