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.


Upon completion of the course, students become familiar with central theoretical concepts in and around the performing and screen arts; they are able to reflect on how these are applied to artistic practice and visionary thinking.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 04.10.2022 - 25.11.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Susanna Suurla, Sofia Pantouvaki

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

Responsible teacher: Susanna Suurla,

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 focus of this course is on how a range of theoretical approaches provide tools for analyzing personal thinking and design, and how such theoretical approaches create and increase contexts for the practice.

  • applies in this implementation


    The lecture series introduces a variety of contemporary, theoretical perspectives on performance and screen arts design. The lectures are held by practitioners and theorist working with performing and screen arts. Detailed lecture schedule below. 


    The practice-led workshop focuses on the students own creative working process. The aim of the workshop is to create space for observing how we as designers interact with the material world and the environments that surround us. How our engagement with the materials we work with shapes the work at hand and how we become influenced through this engagement.

    The theoretical approach of the workshop centers on the cultural theory of material thinking, mainly through anthropologist Tim Ingold’s views on how our material interactions with the world shape our thoughts and actions, our being within it, as our actions shape the world.

    In practice, each student will examine and reflect upon their own creative processes through the provided theories while making/creating or experimenting.  The creative process can consist of for example drawing, different material or immaterial experiments or even creating a (minor) piece of work/design as an end result.

    Please note, that the emphasis in the workshop is not on the material results created, but on observing the different aspects of material engagement and its impact on one’s own creative process.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment is based on assignments and participation, activity and ability to think artistic practices and theory in dialogue with each other.

    Attending the first day of the course is required.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, joint discussions and assignments. Contact teaching 32 hours, independent learning and/or group work 49 hours.


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    All reading materials will be handed out during the course. Details on workshop materials will be discussed on the first workshop meeting 14.10. 

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Minimum number of participants 3. Maximum 12.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 No teaching

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses: Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture,

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation


    Week 40

    • Tue 4.10.  9.15–12.00

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356

    Outi Lahtinen, Professor of Practice, Design for Performing Arts, Aalto

    Transformative Power/Performativity


    • Wed 5.10.  9.15–12.00

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356

    Timjami Varamäki, MA, Costume Designer 

    Meaning of the body, performing arts and film


    • Thu 6.10.  9.15–12.00

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa - 356

    Kaisa Illukka, MA, Scenographer

    Posthumanism, film and performing arts - From the critique of anthropocentrism to spaces of entanglement


    • Pe 7.10.  9.15–12.00

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356

    Samee Haapa, MA, Artistic Director (The Center for Everything), Doctoral Researcher (Teak)

    Norms, Values and Politics in Participation and Immersion


    Week 41


    • Tue 11.10.   9.15–12.00

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356

    Outi Lahtinen, Professor of Practice, Design for Performing Arts, Aalto

    Phenomenological Approach to Performance


    • Wed 12.10.  9.15–12.00

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356

    Tomi Lauri, Lecturer, Production Design, Aalto

    On Technological Mediation and Arts


    • Thu 13.10.  9.15–12.00

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356

    Susanna Suurla, MA, Costume Designer, Doctoral Candidate (Aalto)

    Workshop lecture: Tim Ingold’s theories on human-environment (material) correspondence


    • Pe 14.10.2022.  9.15–12.00

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356

    Workshop begins: Introduction to the workshop + independent reading assignment for weeks 42-46

    Teacher: Susanna Suurla


    Week 47

    • Tue 22.11.  9.15–12.00: Workshop meeting, Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356

     13.00-17.00: independent work, Otakaari 7, project space 147 - 147

    • Wed 23.119.15–17.00: independent work, Otakaari 7, project room 147 - 147

    • Thu 24.11.  Otakaari 7, project room 147-147

    9.15–12.00: workshop meeting

    13.00-17.00: independent work

    • Fri 25.11.  9.15–17.00: workshop meeting

    Otakaari 7, Kurosawa – 356 & Otakaari 7, project room 147 - 147