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.


Students learn about a range of theories, philosophies, and articulated positions from which curatorial approaches can be constructed. Students are introduced to some basic concepts and frameworks of curating within the field of contemporary artistic praxis and gain insight into different curatorial and artistic strategies from the viewpoint of political transformation. The course enhances the students' abilities for self-actualisation and critical thinking.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.01.2022 - 18.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Patrizia Costantin

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

Patrizia Costantin

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:

    This course traverses theory in general in order to extract from it modes of thinking, operation and intervention that contribute constructively to curatorial discourses. The course works towards constructing a speculative framework through which topics as diverse as subjectivity, spatiality, collaboration, participation, institutional & technological infrastructures, e.g. can be examined and reconsidered in relation to current curatorial and artistic practices.   

  • applies in this implementation

    This year course will focus on 5 macro themes that have appeared in the curatorial discourse in the past few decades. We will look at activism, participation and relationality, climate crisis, technology and postcoloniality to explore how these topics have entered the realm of the curatorial. 

    We will look at a range of theories, philosophies, and articulated positions from which curatorial approaches can be constructed. We will examine exhibitions and engage with the 5 macro-themes in a critical exploration to understand how and if these topics are still relevant today and what they can offer to build frameworks for future curatorial projects and approaches.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Coursework and course participation.

  • applies in this implementation

    Students will be assessed on course participation and on the 3-part assignment (in class presentation + feedback + written component).

    For the written component, students can choose from:

    OPTION 1

    compiling a rationale for an exhibition or curatorial event or publication and a walkthrough of the exhibition (which includes artworks and explanation on why/how they contribute to the exhibition), or a detailed description of events participants and dynamics; or a detailed outline of the publication. 

    The rationale is 300-500 words. The second component is approximately 2000-2500 words.

    The topic has to be related to one of the themes addressed in the course.

    OPTION 2

    writing a 2500-3000 words critical essay on one of the themes addressed in the course. 


    Both options include:


    On the last day of the course, students will prepare a max 6-minute presentation on their chosen topic (to be uploaded by 17 Feb) and  will receive constructive feedback from their peers during the last session (each students will have to give short written feedback to peers' presentations in your group). 

    Deadline to submit the written component is 4th of March by end of the day.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    55 hours of contact teaching, 80 hours of individual work. Requirement of all schedules activities a minimum of 80%.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course is 5 credits (1cr: 27h; 5cr: 135h ) and the workload is approximately divided as such:

    - In class lectures: 3h x5= 15h

    - Time to reflect on lectures: 26h

    - In class afternoon discussions and exhibition visits (if allowed): 8h

    - Time to prepare (group task) and reflect on class seminar discussions or exhibition visits: 14h

    - Weekly readings and independent research for main assignment: 36h

    - Presentation prep time: 4h

    - Feedback time: 6h

    - Assignment writing time: 26h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be provided in syllabus

  • applies in this implementation

    All material will be provided in mycourses and via email.  

    Please be aware that lectures won't be recorded and that you need at least 80% of attendance + submitting presentation and give feedback at least half of fellows' presentations + submit written assignment 1 OR 2 by March 4th to pass the course.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    10 Reduced Inequality

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Spring III, Teaching period changed by decision of Academic Committee for Arts, Design and Architecture on 16 June 2021.

    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:


  • applies in this implementation

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Schedule (online*)

    9:15-12:15 Lecture (with break in the middle)

    12:15-13:15 Lunch

    13:15-15:00 Seminar 

    *at the moment the course is online only but if allowed, we will be working in hybrid mode in Otakaari 1 Y405 lecture theatre.