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 succesful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Summarize and outline historical and contemporary examples of interaction in new media art.
  • Identify and exemplify the aesthetics of interaction in new media art.
  • Recognize the opportunities and challenges of working as a new media artist in the Finnish art scene.
  • Work in a team to produce a public exhibition.
  • Develop a project proposal for an interactive artwork.
  • Implement their theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills acquired during their studies towards a more polished end result.
  • Create an interactive artwork that will be exhibited in a gallery or other public venue.

Credits: 12

Schedule: 17.09.2021 - 25.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matti Niinimäki

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:

    This course is an advanced course spanning over multiple teaching periods for MA in New Media students, who wish to implement their theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills acquired during their studies towards a more polished new media artwork. The students work as a group to produce an exhibition at the end of the course.

    Specifically, Interactive Art offers technical and artistic tutoring for thesis works that are related to interactive art or new media art. The course provides the opportunity for students to exhibit their thesis work to fellow students, academic staff, and the general public.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Each student participates in creating an artwork either individually or in a small group for an exhibition at the end of the course. The progress of each student will be evaluated in three stages:

    • Project Proposal: the student presents the proposal in class and submits a more detailed plan.
    • Work-In-Progress: a WIP version of the artwork.
    • Final Artwork and Documentation: the artwork should be exhibited in an exhibition at the end of the course and documented with photographs and video.

    Division of Credits 6 12 ECTS

    This course has a range of credits that will be given according to the following guidelines.

    • 6 ECTS
      • Taking part in the lectures and discussions
      • Delivering the project proposal.
      • Delivering the WIP version.
      • For students who are working on their MA Thesis in the class: Exhibiting a final artwork in the exhibition and delivering basic documenta

      • valid for whole curriculum period:

        The workload depends on the scale of the student's artistic work. Please see the Assessment Methods and Criteria for more information about the varying credit range.

        • 6 12 ECTS
        • 160 320 h
        • Lectures, demonstrations, seminars: 48 h
        • Tutoring: 12 h
        • Independent work: 100 260 h


      Study Material
      • valid for whole curriculum period:

        • Kwastek, Katja. Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015.
        • Other materials will be provided during the course

      Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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:

    In Weboodi, at the latest one week before the course starts.

    Maximum 15 students.

    Students must meet all prerequisites and have the course in their approved study plan. Priority will be given to fulltime MA in New Media students as this course is an integral part of their alternative studies.