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.


1-basic understanding on diversity and stylistic development of illustration as a professional practice as well as on the history of the discipline

2 -understanding of the interplay of text and image, sequential image-making and visual narrative

3 -increased ability to create visual concepts and to communicate ideas and information visually

4 -practice on personal visual expression in the context of illustration

Credits: 6

Schedule: 04.10.2022 - 03.11.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Penni Osipow

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


Robert Lönnqvist


Teacher in charge

Penni Osipow

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - fundamentals of graphic storytelling, visual narrative and sequential image-making

    - fundamentals of different illustration genres and the contemporary illustration landscape - introduction to the professional, cultural, theoretical and historical contexts of pictorial storytelling

    - visual explorations of the boundaries of illustration

    - visual explorations on personal visual language

    - creating illustration sequence for a defined context.

  • applies in this implementation

    During the course we will work on two illustration assignments.

    1. The first one will be based on an existing text/article. 

    2. The second one will be based around a theme. Our objective is to set up an exhibition around the second assignment.

    In addition we will have two other assignments:

    1. Documenting our learning process into a folder, with sketches and short notes on self-reflection.

    2. Finding and reading an article or book about related content and writing a short summary about our findings.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in teaching, completed assignments.

    Minimum 80% attendance.

    See MyCourses for more detailed information on evaluations methods and criteria.

  • applies in this implementation

    The main focus is not the quality of the final work.

    It is about participation, experimenting and self reflection and the means to document this learning process.

    During the course the teacher will keep track of each student's participation, completed assignments, process and sketches and overall motivation.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    6 ECTS ≈ 162h, of which 56 h contact teaching



Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    Always have at hand your go-to sketching equipment, be this a laptop/tablet or a traditional pen and sketchbook.

    In case your natural sketching method is digital, be prepared to bring printouts to class during the course.

    Also please always carry pens and markers, a few sheets of paper and scissors just in case.

    During the course I will let you know beforehand if we need some specific tools.

    We will be documenting our process into a folder, but we can talk more about that in our first meeting.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for courses: Sisu. 

    Priority order:

    1. Bachelor’s Programme in Art and Media degree students and exchange students
    2. Bachelor’s Programme in Design degree students
    3. Other ARTS students

    Minimum amount of participants: 8
    Maximum amount of participants varies according to the implementation of the course.