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 will also acquire:
a) Basic academic research writing skills needed for scholarly work in visual culture, curating and contemporary art.
b) An introduction to a wide variety of experimental academic writing possibilities
c) Support for students who are attempting to articulate the research dimensions of their practice (and how references and theory might talk to these attempts).
d) Assistance in the development of modes of writing about, through and as art practice.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.04.2022 - 23.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Lucy Davis, Maria Villa Largacha

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:

    The course provides a basic understanding of what research might be in the context of the ViCCA MA, through introducing a diverse series of research and writing methods that are attuned to visual culture, curating and contemporary art practices.

    The course provides introductory exposure to academic, theoretically-informed and experimental writing approaches and how these might be combined.

    The course includes lectures, readings, discussions and critical and experimental writing assignments where students are encouraged to focus on subject matter pertaining to their thesis research, their current practice, and/or course interests.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    80% presence.  Assignments completed by end of the course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 35h and 100h independent work.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Provided in the syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III

    2021-2022 Spring V, 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: