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 objective of the seminar is to develop discussion and debate regarding the diverse aspects of the new media (in art and design) and its role in society at the local national level as well as within a global and international context. Participants:

1. Present their doctoral research, conference presentations, and essays. 

2. Work with an opponent during the presentation that can focus on the current state of the candidate s work and which can include data gathering techniques, theory, methods, and envisioned conclusions.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 28.09.2022 - 26.04.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Lily Diaz-Kommonen

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

The seminar runs from 15:00 – 18:00 and  takes place online at,

There are four sessions this semester. Please remember to register in Sisu.

28 September Welcome back!

An update on the European Media and Immersion Lab, EMIL project by Associate Professor Yu Xiao from Dept. Communications and Network. See profile,

See, EMIL project description at Aalto Studios,

19 October – Gautam Vishwanath (doctoral researcher)

Prof. Lily Díaz-Kommonen (Aalto University) and Dr. Leena Svinhufvud (Design Museum Helsinki)

23 November – Andrea Mancianti (doctoral researcher)

Prof. Sebastian Schlecht (Aalto University)

14 December  – Heini Haapaniemi and Edward Morrell (doctoral candidates)

Dr. Anna-Kaisa Kultimaa (TBC), Prof. Perttu Hämäläinen (TBC), Teemu Leinonen (TBC). 

25 JanuaryCvijeta Miljak (doctoral researcher) and Prof. Lily Díaz-Kommonen

22 FebruaryQiFeng Yan (doctoral candidate)

22 March – TBA

26 April – TBA

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:

    New Media Doctoral Seminar is a forum where the diversity of disciplines and interests that make up the postgraduate research community in the Media Lab are brought together for a discussion. The seminar meets 4 times per semester. Each session includes a presenter and an opponent who is also a guest speaker. The candidate's presentation is followed by a debate with the opponent. Participants in the seminar are encouraged to ask questions and debate.

    The themes vary in every session according to the background and the work of the presenters. Presentations about special topics by invited guests and speakers sometimes augment the sessions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Attendance and active participation are required. Students are required to prepare their own presentations and actively participate in discussions and reviews.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Seminar sessions once a month, 2h


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: 8
    Maximum number of participants: 20

    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,