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: 

- recognise and summarize their own learning achievements.
- apply visual communication design to interpret complex problems.
- explain dimensions of designers responsibility and possibilities to influence.
- exemplify and organize strategic goals for design.
- co-create and justify future learning challenges in design.
- produce visual designs to illustrate key aspects of design challenges.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 20.04.2022 - 03.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Rupesh Vyas, Turkka Keinonen

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

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 evaluate and reflect on their learning achievements during the first academic year and identify and decide on socially and environmentally relevant themes for their forthcoming study contents for the following year. The working modes in the course include lectures, reading assignments, workshops, visual design assignments, self-reflective assignments and design reviews dealing with visual communication design, personal learning achievements, responsibility and impacts of design. The evaluation and theme setting is organized through a collaborative process supported by various information visualization techniques.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The final grade for the course is based students attendance and participation in the contact teaching (20%) as well as the quality of their poster assignments (50%) and reflection assignments (30%). The criteria for assessment include depth and level of justifications of design insights, communication skills and timely submission. 

  • 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) 35 hours
    • Individual and group work 37 hours
    • Personal reflection 8 hours
    • Giving course feedback 1 hour



Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Only open for major students in English-medium BA programme in Design. 

    The course has 42 study places.

    A minimum of 20 students are required for running the course.

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