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 course provides the student with basic knowledge and skills in making comics. The student understands the working process of comics and is able to independently produce comics stories. The student learns to use common tools in comics, and basics of writing and storytelling.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 02.09.2024 - 30.10.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Marja Nurminen, Matti Hagelberg

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: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The working process of comics and typical working tools, orientations of contemporary comic art, methods of storytelling. Preconditions and premises of writing. The significance of perception.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The main working methods during the course are guided and independent work, group discussions and critiques. Themed lectures and presentations of comic artists.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 48 h, independent work 114 h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I - II
    2025-2026 Autumn I - II


    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students. Maximum amount of participants is 16 students.

    The order of priority for admitting students :

    1. Students in the Comics Expression minor
    2. Aalto ARTS students 

    After the registration has closed, SISU conducts a raffle to allocate all the seats while considering the possible prioritisation order stated above. If there are more registrants than available seats, ten (10) students from the remaining applicants are drawn and placed on a waiting list in numerical order. On the first day of the course, these students may check for available seats in case of no-shows. Any available seats are then filled in numerical order.