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 will be able to:
-Collaborate within international teams and build networking.
-Strengthen their skills on a special area within an international project.
-Plan, lead and execute a project to be presented in an international context.
-Act and communicate in an international and multicultural environment.

Credits: 10

Schedule: 27.09.2022 - 16.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sofia Pantouvaki

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

Professor Sofia Pantouvaki, email: sofia.pantouvaki[a]

This course will be supported by additional tutoring/supervision by 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:

    Working through collaboration in an international project or production organized either in Finland or abroad. Students complete a written and visual report outlining the project, describing their participation and learning experience.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course involves conceptualising, designing and realising the Finnish exhibit for the student section of Prague Quadrennial 2023 (PQ23) - a major international exhibition of performance design - as a collaboration between the students of the majors of costume design (Aalto ARTS) and students of lighting, sound design and design for the performing arts (Uniarts/VÄL). The course includes visiting the PQ 2023 exhibition in Prague in June 2023.

    Students implement the exhibition as a group work during their studies, and attend the Prague Quadrennial PQ23, the 15th edition of the largest international festival of theatre and stage design, which will take place from June 8 to 18, 2023 in Prague. Opening on June 7. Students will do the set up of the exhibition 3 days before the opening. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The project will be assessed through the student's own goals, creative outcomes, visual documentation and written articulation.
    Before starting the project, students negotiate with their own teacher about the participation in the project, the personal learning outcomes, the credits and the schedule of the final report.

  • applies in this implementation

    Active participation, contribution to the teamwork, transdisciplinary collaboration and responsibility in completing part of the work are important for completing this course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1cp = 27 hours of independent work, co-operation with the other members of the project team, discussions and feedback. The exact study methods depend on the nature of the project.

  • applies in this implementation

    The workload for each student will be calculated based on their participation. 


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    Course materials will be shared during the course as/where needed.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    10 Reduced Inequality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - Spring V
    2023-2024 Autumn I - Spring V

    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,

    Maximum number of students 20, minimum 2.

  • applies in this implementation

    Upon completion of the course, students are able to:

    -Collaborate within interdisciplinary teams and build international networking. 

    -Design and produce, as members of a creative team, a showcase for an exhibition within given limits and given space.

    -Identify various working cultures while working in the same premises with students from different schools and countries.

    -Recognise trends and underlying traditions of contemporary performance design through visiting installations and events of other schools and professionals.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Dates & deadlines:

    Course related:

    January concept & design weeks 4 and 5:

    Weeks 4 and 5, Tuesdays to Fridays the afternoons 13-17

    reserved space: KO-408 week4 and K-241 week 5

    Week 5, 3.2. presentation of ideas with tech team present

    Building phase in March and April:

    Weeks 13-17, reserved space: valostudio KO-136, whole days

    Easter the school is closed 7.-10.4.

    PQ organization related:

    15.12.2022 new organizational (more detailed) manual will be published

    If our exhibition piece will be a performance/live event, it needs to be communicated to PQ at the end of the February.

    PQ23 text material deadline:

    End of January, the title of the piece.

    End of March, catalogue text about the piece must be done and submitted. One paragraph, poetic and abstract text is okey.

    Installation in Prague:

    5.6.2023 the installation can start in Prague.

    5.6.-6.6.2023 from 8am until 10pm installation of exhibition.

    7.6.2023 from 8am until 4.30pm installation of exhibition.

    7.6.2023 4.30pm end of the installation. 5pm official visit (president etc).

    Opening of the exhibition:

    7.6.2023 6pm-midnight official public opening.

    Exhibition period open to public:

    8.6.2023 - 18.6.2023 daily from 9am to 6pm exhibition is open.

    (16.6.2023 9am-12am) *The day and time of the private view for the Jury is yet to be confirmed.

    Exhibition tear down:

    18.6.2023 7pm tear down can start.

    18.6.2023 7pm-12 midnight tear-down time

    19.6.2023 8am - 8pm tear down can continue


    Kick-off week: week 39 (26.9.2022-30.9.2022)

    [Please note that the following lecture is part of this course:] 

    Monday 26.9.2022 at 13.15-16.00 - lecture

    On Zoom (link:

    Lecture led by Kimmo Karjunen. Introduction to the Prague Quadrennial. Historical perspective, previous examples, including presentation of previous Finland Student Exhibits from 2015 and 2019. 
    Students telling about the previous PQ projects:
    Anders Karls, Susanna Suurla and Eero Erkamo - The other side 
    Oscar Dempsey and Vilma Vantola - Kolo
    Q&A regarding past PQ projects (challenges, collaboration and tips new students)
    Raisa Kilpeläinen will join on behalf of OISTAT Finland and the National section

    Tuesday 27.9. – Friday 30.9. at 9-17 (see below for details)

    Room: K-220 is the VÄS- class

    Tuesday 27.9.

    9-11     Introduction to the PQ course and project. Going through the organizational manual & guidelines/info. Timeline / schedule for the project. (Kimmo Karjunen)

    11-12   Individual task, outside of the school

    13-16   Students’ brainstorming (free discussion on wishes, ideas, interests). Kimmo and Elina

    Wednesday 28.9.

    Room: K-220 - 219

    9:30-12:00       Designing for outdoor conditions: spatial perspective (ephemeral constructions, materials, etc.) Andy Best, Elina Lifländer

    Hakasalmen huvila

    13:30 -17         Visit exhibition designed by Minna Santakari, Kimmo Karjunen. Discussion with Minna (at Hakasalmen huvila) about scenographic design and exhibition design: possibilities and challenges. Inspiration, about designing exhibitions as spatial experience.

    Thursday 29.9.

    Room: K-220

    9-12     Students’ brainstorming (free discussion on wishes, ideas, interests). Group work. Students search and collect inspirational materials and references. (Kimmo available, possibly also Sofia)

    13-15   Lighting for outdoor installations. Artistic possibilities, day/evening lighting condition, how does the experience change according to natural lighting/artificial lighting? Kimmo Karjunen and Tomi Humalisto

    15-17   Roles and functions of sound in outdoor installations. Artistic possibilities and environmental obstacles (noise, people etc). Tuomas Fränti


    Friday 30.9.

    Room: K-220

    9-12     Discussion, students and supervising teachers. Students show inspirational materials. Preliminary ideas as a result of this early brainstorming. A conclusion to the week. (all teachers)

    13-16   In the afternoon, students have time to work further. (plan some independent meetings and tasks)