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 successful completion of ANY studio course, you will be able to:

- identify your most important individual learning goals

- distinguish important milestones in your working process

- document your working process

- present and defend your creative choices and design decisions

- discuss and debate the work of others, and give constructive feedback


In addition, on successful completion of Studio: Visual Narratives course, you will be able to:

- apply aspects of narratives and storytelling in your own design practice

- develop and complete a self-organised design project exploring the various methods and standpoints of visual narrative

- recognise the specific qualities and effects of different media by applying the concept of adaptation

Credits: 12

Schedule: 01.03.2022 - 06.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Arja Karhumaa, Rupesh Vyas

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


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    General description for Studios

    The studio course is where you dedicate time and space for an investigative communication design project either individually or in a group. The thematics of the course may vary yearly, and activities can range from autonomous projects to experimental collaboration with an organisation, company, or community. Your task is to plan and execute a practice-based design/research project where learning goals are set both by you individually as well as on a common trajectory with your studio group. Background research in both theory and praxis as well as documentation are an important part of the process. Individual feedback sessions, milestone presentations, peer discussions and readings provide structure and support for your work.

    The four parallel studio courses share joint lectures as well as work-in-progress clinics out of which you can choose those which provides best support to your concept and execution. The final results of all the studio courses are presented in a joint exhibition/installation.


    Studio: Visual Narratives

    In this studio, you explore and develop variations of visual narrative. Here, narrative is defined broadly, focusing on the communicative and multimodal aspects of storytelling, whether linear on non-linear. For example, your project might use the methods of journalism, motion graphics/animation, bookmaking, printmaking, or illustration and comics, and it might start from a standpoint that is either personal, documentary, or curatorial. Through developing your own extensive narrative project, you will gain confidence in defining your individual design approach, and an opportunity to (re)situate your own practice within the vast field of visual communication.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The assessment is a synthesis of your design process, required milestones submitted on time, and the final outcome of the design project. Successful completion of this requires minimum 80 % attendance. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    12 ECTS = 324 h, of which

    •       27 h joint lectures shared by all studios
    •       90 h studio teaching
    •       39 h working independently OR in joint clinics according to need
    •       168 h independent work


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Study materials will be provided in the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Spring IV-V

    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:

    Visual Communication Design major alternative studies. VCD major and exchange students are prioritised. For students from other MA programmes, see prerequisites.