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 student understands the current situation in the field of drawing, is familiar with research into drawing and concepts in the field. What is the difference between a drawing that is an artefact and a drawing that can be used in design 1. as a tool for communication 2. as an instrument of design 3. as a tool for analysis. If drawing is thinking instead of thought, how does it impact us?

Credits: 6

Schedule: 02.10.2024 - 27.11.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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:

    The following themes are addressed in the course: the relationship between the body and drawing, the relationship between urban environment and drawing, drawing and the social environment, memory and drawing and a conceptual approach to drawing.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exercises, lectures, personal guidance and independent work.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    84h contact teaching, 78h independent work


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Handouts distributed during the course

    Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover December 1, 2005

    by Emma Dexter (Author)

    Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover May 21, 2013

    by Editors of Phaidon (Author)

    Vitamin D3: Today's Best in Contemporary Drawing, 2021

    by Editors of Phaidon (Author)

    On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century Hardcover  December 31, 2010

    by Butler, C. H., & de Zegher, C.

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 30 students.  

    Prioritization order for admission is based on the prioritization criteria established by Aalto ARTS:


    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.