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.


Each clinic deepens and strengthens the students' personal approach, visual thinking and technical skills building up students' personal knowledge on certain areas of photographic techniques, e.g. analogue processes and lab work, image post-production, studio, lightning, video, editing and digital printing.

1-3 cliniques will be offered per year and the topics arise from current technical development and changes in the equipment. Students may choose  clinics based on their personal demands.

On a successful completion of each clinic, students

  • have built up their previous knowledge of particular techniques, tools and materials
  • are able to apply new techniques to their work
  • are capable of applying learned new skills and practices to their own personal work
  • can specify the separate sectors that are needed for the pursued outcome
  • can explain and reason the varied steps of making that lead to particular results
  • are able to work on one's own initiative
  • hold knowledge where and how to find additional information when necessary

The learning outcomes vary and are related to each workshop and they will be described in detail in the course description of each study event.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 21.02.2022 - 25.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heli Rekula

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

Katri Lassila


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:

    Personal work and group work in the guidance of the teacher of the clinic.

  • applies in this implementation

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    B&W Lab -klinikka on filminkehityksen ja hopeagelatiinivedostuksen perusteiden intensiivikurssi. Ensimmäiselle kerralle mukaan omat kuvatut (mutta ei kehitetyt) mustavalkofilmit!


    Maanantai 21.2.

    9.15-11 Aloitusluento. Filminkehityksen teoriaa.

    11-17 Tutustuminen Väreen ja Otakaaren pimiöihin. Filminkehityksen harjoittelua Väreen pimiössä (pohjakerros, käytävässä studioiden vieressä). Lounaat joustavasti harjoitusten välissä.

    18-20 (Vapaaehtoinen). Näyttelyvierailu Stoan parvigalleriassa Itäkeskuksessa, Sesongin jälkeen -näyttelyssä (Katri Lassila ja Jarmo Lehtinen).


    Tiistai 22.2.

    9.15-11 Valmiiden filminegatiivien arviointia. Hopeagelatiinivedostuksen historiaa ja teoriaa. Pimiöturvallisuus. Esimerkkivedoksien tutkimista.

    11-12 Harjoituksia pimiössä: pinnakkaisten teko ja ensimmäiset koevedokset.

    12-13 Lounas

    13-17 Vedostusta pimiössä.


    Keskiviikko 23.2.

    9.15-12 Koevedosten tutkiminen ja vedostuksen erityispiirteitä: kuvan valinta pinnakkaisista, kontrastien säätösekä lisävalotukset ja varjostukset.

    12-13 Lounas

    13-17 Vedostusta pimiössä.

    18-20 (Vapaaehtoinen) Vierailu Valokuvataiteen museossa Helsinki Darkroom Festival -tapahtuman päänäyttelyssä.


    Torstai 24.2.

    9:15-10.30 Pimiön luovista mahdollisuuksista. Vedosten tutkimista.

    10.30-12.00 Vedosten sävyttäminen ja heikennys.

    12-13 Lounas

    13-17 Vedostusta pimiössä.


    Perjantai 25.2.

    9:15-13 Vedostusta pimiössä

    13-17 Vedosten viimeistely ja kurssin kritiikki. Kurssipalaute ja kehitysehdotuksia. Kuinka jatkaa analogisen valokuvan polulla?


    Black & White Lab (clinic) is an intensive course in the basics of film development and silver gelatin printing. For the first session bring along your photographed but not developed BW films!


    Monday 21.2.

    9.15-11 Starting lecture. Film developing in theory.

    11-17 Visit in the Väre and Otakaari darkrooms. Film developing excercises in the Väre darkroom. Lunch in between the excercises.

    18-20 (Voluntary) Visit in the Stoa gallery at Out of Season exhibition (Katri Lassila and Jarmo Lehtinen)


    Tuesday 22.2.

    9.15-11 Assessing the developed film negatives. Theory and history of silver gelatin printing. Darkroom safety. 

    11-12 Excercises in the darkroom: contact sheet and first test prints.

    12-13 Lunch

    13-17 Darkroom printing


    Wednesday 23.2.

    9.15-12 Trial prints and special features of silver gelatin printing: choosing the negative for printing, contrasts, burning and dodging.

    12-13 Lunch

    13-17 Darkroom printing

    18-20 (Voluntary) Visit to the Finnish Museum of Photography Helsinki Darkroom Festival exhibition.


    Torstai 24.2.

    9:15-10.30 Creative possibilities in the darkroom. Assessing the prints.

    10.30-12.00 Toning and reducing of the prints.

    12-13 Lunch

    13-17 Darkroom printing.


    Perjantai 25.2.

    9:15-13 Darkroom printing.

    13-17 Finishing touches and course critique. Course feedback, small test and developing propositions. How to continue on the analogue path?

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Typical ways of working are lectures, demonstrations, hands-on individual and group work and practice. Methods vary from clinic to clinic.


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    See details of the contact hours and other ways of working from the course description of each clinic.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teacher will provide in the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Clinic topics and content, as well as the course periods vary yearly.

    Teaching Period:


    (2021, 2022) - No teaching

    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:

    Registration through WebOodi

    2021-2022: max 12 students

    The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

    The order of priority is as follows:

    1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
    2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
    3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
    4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major s or programme s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
    5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major s or programme s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
    6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
    7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
    8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
    9. other students.


    Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

    This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

  • applies in this implementation

    MV pimiön intensiivikurssille otetaan vain kuusi opiskelijaa. Sekä Väreen että Otakaari 1 pimiöissä on kussakin kolme työpistettä, joka mahdollistaa samanaikaisen työskentelyn kuudelle opiskelijalle.


    The intensive BW Lab course can take in only six students. Both Väre and Otakaari 1 darkrooms have three workstations, that enables simultaneous work for six students.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Katso aikataulu kurssin sisältötiedoista.


    See the details on the course content.