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.


After completing the course students are able to:
- apply acquired design skills to different media platforms and environments
- develop their creative expression in a more diverse way in the fields of visual communication design and fine arts related activities

Credits: 2

Schedule: 13.12.2021 - 17.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tarja Nieminen, Arja Karhumaa, Heikki Lotvonen

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

Responsible professor Arja Karhumaa

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:

    Varies by workshop. Individual or group work.

    VCD offers multiple one-week workshops over the study year with varying content. See content descriptions of specific study events for more detailed information.

  • applies in this implementation

    Modular graphic design with GlyphDrawing.Club is a hands-on workshop. During the week we will be exploring the process of creating modular graphics, type and illustration using the GlyphDrawing.Club -editor. There will be some lectures where we look at the history of text art and modular design, but most of the time will be spent experimenting with the editor in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. At the end of the workshop week, we will combine the works/output into a small collective publication/project. See the results from previous years here:

    This course is meant for everybody whether you are advanced in design looking for a new tool/process or just a curious mind. To participate all you need is an open mind, willingness to play and to learn something new.

    The workshop will be held in english.

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of the workshop the participants will have learned

    —a brief history of text art and modular design with lots of examples from the past

    —how to create graphics, type and illustrations using the modular design method

    —how to use GlyphDrawing.Club -editor effectively

    GlyphDrawing.Club is an online modular design and text art editor created by Aalto graphic design alumni Heikki Lotvonen. Heikki works as a graphic designer and web developer in Helsinki, but spends a majority of his time developing GlyphDrawing.Club and doing other text art related projects.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The successful completion of this course requires at least 80% attendance and satisfactory completion of assignment/s. 

  • applies in this implementation

    Evaluation is pass/fail. Passing the course requires minimum 80% attendance of workshop hours.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Student workload 54-405 h, the number of contact teaching and independent work hours depends on the workshop/s offered.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is primarily targeted for the Visual Communication Design students and exchange students (50% MA, 50% BA).

    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:


    -students and exchange students in VCD and are prioritized