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.


  • You will gain experience of art and become familiar with exhibition spaces, museums, and galleries in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
  • You will find ways to describe, put into words and structure your own relationship with the contents, practices and presentation of art. You can write an exhibition report describing your experiences and thoughts.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 06.01.2025 - 30.05.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sini Vihma, Helena Sederholm

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: . Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    During the course, you will visit at least three self-selected art exhibitions. Each of the three selected exhibitions will be the subject of a personal reflective exhibition report consisting of three parts:

    1. Notes taken during the exhibition. Notes can be taken by writing, sketching, colouring, and by taking photos. Maximum length 2–3 pages (A4).
    2. The text reflects on one's own experience of the exhibition, and/or the relationship with the experienced art by relying on notes. The experience can also be reflected on, for example, in relation to other art, one's own art making, and current topics related to the exhibition. Report length 1 page (A4).
    3. The exhibition report must include a photograph that also serves as an evidence of the exhibition visit. It can be, for example, a self-portrait in front of a work in an exhibition.

    Finally, all three exhibition reports are attached to a single pdf file, which is returned to MyCourses according to the instructions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    A pdf file returned to MyCourses according to instructions, containing three exhibition stories from three different exhibitions. The file must be submitted by the end of the course. Each exhibition report consists of three parts:

    • Notes (2-3 pages text, sketches, photos)
    • Report (1 page text)
    • A photograph that serves as an evidence of an exhibition visit, such as a self-portrait in front of a work in an exhibition.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Independent exhibition visits to museums and galleries as well as making exhibition reports according to instructions.

    3 ECTS ≈ 81h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: Finnish

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I - II
    2024-2025 Spring III - V
    2025-2026 Autumn I - II
    2025-2026 Spring III - V


    Maximum amount of participants is 20 students. Registration: Sisu.

    1. Aalto ARTS students whose course is part of the studies of Art and Media minor.

    2. Students of Aalto ARTS and exchange students, whose study plan the course has been approved.