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:

  • Research paradigms, methodologies, and methods in visual digital communication, art-based research, and art education
  • Relation between research methodologies, scientific and art-based methods, and theory in transdisciplinary settings
  • Problem-based, art-based, art pedagogical approaches to theories and practices of research


Students acquire skills in:

  • Seeking, analyzing, and discussing advanced research literature in art education, digital visual communication, and arts-based research
  • Applying theories and concepts from advanced research literature and practice in independent research projects
  • Evaluating and reflecting the implications of using artistic and scientific approaches, concepts, and practices in research


Students acquire competences for:

  • Independently initiating, planning, and conducting creative problem-solving in specific contexts of practice  
  • Combining creative and scientific research approaches when investigating issues in visual communication and art education
  • Recognizing novel contexts for transdisciplinary and creative problem-solving

Credits: 10

Schedule: 07.09.2023 - 27.09.2023

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:

    In this course, we discuss theories, methodologies, and methods in research on digital visual communication, art, and education. We learn problem-based, art-based, and art pedagogical approaches to research practice through site-specific activities and advanced research literature. The course 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 MyCourses for more detailed information on evaluations methods and criteria.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    10 ECTS = 270 h

    Contact teaching: 40 h
    Symposium: 40 h
    Independent work: 100 h
    Group work: 50 h
    Supervision: 20 h
    Reflection: 20 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Co-taught together with Aalborg University

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2023-2024 Autumn I - II

    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//