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.


The aim of the seminar is to advance doctoral students' research skills and facilitate discussion about photography research methods, theoretical approaches and current phenomena. The seminar supports the students in developing their own doctoral dissertations and the related argumentation and presentation skills.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 22.09.2022 - 25.05.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Harri Laakso

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:

    Seminar program is published in the beginning of each term. Seminar meetings are generally about once a month. In the seminar the doctoral students present at least once a year their research topic and texts, theoretical background literature, artistic work and research material. In addition to discussing the doctoral students' own research projects the seminar includes discussion on other current issues in photography research. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Active participation in discussions, feedback and reflection is required in addition to own presentations and to reading assigned texts.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The total amount of credits is 6, 2 ects per year. Meetings are generally once a month, 1/2-2 days. Outside the meetings the participants are required to read preparatory research texts and each other's drafts.


Substitutes for Courses


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 :

    Minimum number of participants: 6
    Maximum number of participants: 14

    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,