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.



Students gain knowledge and understanding of:

  •   Theoretical approaches to change and interventions through art and visual communication
  •   Methods for analyzing and evaluating changes and interventions through art and visual communication
  •   Professional and research-based practice with a chosen topic


Students acquire skills in:

  •   Planning, conducting, and evaluating an independent project with external stakeholders
  •   Applying and reflecting concepts and methods from visual communication and art education in project-oriented work
  •   Communicating the outcomes of problem-based project work to external stakeholders and non-academic audiences


Students acquire competences for:

  •   Working with project-based and problem-oriented mindset when applying knowledges and skills from visual communication and art education in professional, institutional, organizational and/or digital media contexts
  •   Initiating and leading an independent project
  •   Utilizing creative, critical, and novel approaches to project-based work and problem-solving

Credits: 20

Schedule: 26.02.2024 - 07.06.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Juuso Tervo

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:

    This course provides knowledge and skills for planning and conducting a creative problem-solving project that aims to change and/or develop existing practices in professional, organisational and/or digital media related contexts. During the course, we discuss changes and interventions through visual and digital communication and art pedagogical practice as well as meaning-making activities in different contexts and forms of interaction. Main part of the course consists of planning and conducting a research project with an external stakeholder and communicating the project results to a broader audience. The course also includes a five-days mandatory research symposium in either Aalto or Aalborg campus (location to be announced later).

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Active participation in teaching, completed assignments.

    See Aalto OpenLearning for more detailed information on evaluations methods and criteria.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    20 ECTS = 540 h

    Contact teaching: 80 h
    Independent work: 220 h
    Symposium: 40 h
    Group work: 140 h
    Supervision: 40 h
    Reflection: 20 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Relevant literature on the topic. See Aalto OpenLearning for more detailed information on study materials.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Co-taught together with Aalborg University

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2023-2024 Spring IV - V

    Enrollment :

    Max. amount of students: 16
    Min. amount of students 6

    This course is open for NoVA students only

    Registration in Sisu. The order of priority follows the guidelines decided by the Academic Committee of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture: https//