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.


At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- discuss contemporary design and media cultures and their phenomena verbally and visually. 
- describe verbally and visually how their own work and aspirations relate to the broader historical and contemporary societal context.
- carry out a small video production project by designing, shooting, editing and presenting a short video narrative.  

Credits: 3

Schedule: 05.11.2021 - 17.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heidi Paavilainen, Teemu Leinonen

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

Course teachers are 

Heidi Paavilainen (
Teemu Leinonen (

Both are best to contact with email. Please write course code (ARTX-C1001) in the subject of email.

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:

    In this course, students familiarize themselves with international design and media history, main trends and discourses. The historical changes are studied in relation to the contemporary design and media culture. Each course session is supplemented with lectures, readings, documentary movies and video lectures, which students are expected to explore independently and to prepare to participate in the classroom discussions on them. Students must complete one group assignment, a video essay, during the course and present it to others at the end of the course.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The final grade for the course is based on students attendance and participation in the contact teaching as well as the assignments that the students complete during the course.
    Students must attend and actively participate in at least 80% of the contact teachings.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The total workload for the course amounts to 81 hours (I ECTS credits = 27 hours). 
    - Contact teaching (including final presentation) 24 hours   
    - Independent work (preparing to classroom sessions) 24 hours
    - Group work (assignments) 25 hours
    - Personal reflection 8 hours


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    A material list including video lectures, documentary movies, readings and articles is provided in the course syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Number of students: 60 max

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    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

    5.11. 9:15-16 Zoom visit to Intimacy exhibition in the Design museum and/or lecture. Course assignment introduction. (TL & HP)
    12.11. 9:15-16 Design as Media: Good vibes (HP)
    19.11. 9:15-16 Design as Media: Bad vibes (HP)
    26.11. 9:15-16 Media studies (TL)
    3.12. 9:15-16 New media and Social Media (TL)
    10.12. No class. This is reserved for finishing the video essays
    17.12. 9:15-16 Video screenings: your media and design