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.


- identify various approaches to narratives within art, design, literature, and society at large- recognise structures of narrative and storytelling in creative work- develop an understanding of the specific domain(s) of visual narrative- assess issues of diversity and representation in visual narratives- assess the use of visual narrative in their own design practice

Credits: 3

Schedule: 08.09.2023 - 13.10.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Arja Karhumaa

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 is an introduction to diverse approaches to the notion of narrative, especially in the context of design and visual communication. The course consists of talks by designers, artists, writers, and researchers who introduce examples of narratives which work over multiple modes of communication, including but not limited to text, image, layout, typography, photography, choreography, and comics, as well as time-based media such as animation, games, and motion graphics. The course also includes critical examination of visual representation and the ubiquitous role of narratives in the contemporary society.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Evaluation criteria: participation in teaching, completed assignments

    Minimum 80% attendance.

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  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    3 ECTS ≈ 81h

    Lectures 24h

    Independent reading and writing 17h

    Reflection and thinking 40h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

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

    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: