Elective Studies

General studies include an array of courses in art, theory and art history. Students may include them as elective studies in their degree. Some courses may recommended themselves as more important for the student’s major. Alternatively, the student’s department or major programme may include these courses as intermediate studies.

Drawing and painting

Drawing and painting courses consist of two-dimensional expression carried out by various methods. The work involved emphasises the importance of practice, or ‘learning by doing’, but without losing sight of the connections to theory. The studies include working with drawing, painting and mixed-media. The student will gain increased awareness of the workings of visual perception and of different ways of describing the surrounding world and our relationship to it. The course also examines the role of ideas and concepts in art as well as art’s relation to design, its role in society and its significance.

Code

Name

ECTS credits

Language of instruction

Drawing and painting

 

 

ARTS-A0201 

Freehand Drawing

6

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0213 

Watercolour Workshop

4

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0209

Drawing and Painting Workshop, BA

6

 Finnish

ARTS-E0200

Drawing and Painting Workshop, MA

6

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0206

Comic Strip Workshop I

1*

 Finnish

ARTS-A0214

Life Drawing for Comic Artists

1*

 Finnish

ARTS-A0203 

Comics Expression I

4*

 Finnish

ARTS-A0204

Comics Expression II

6*

 Finnish

ARTS-A0205

Comics Expression III

8*

 Finnish

ARTS-A0211

Life Drawing A

6

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0212

Life Drawing B

6

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0608

General Studies Courses with Varying Contents

2-10

Finnish / English

Colour and perception

Colour and perception studies focus on visual perception and the theories about it. The English-language version of the course contains both theory and practical assignments. The course covers basic concepts about colour and the principles of colour perception. Through experiments the course also contrasts and compares colours and their aesthetic effects mainly in two-dimensional expression. The course ‘Colour-light-space’ is aimed mainly at Master’s students of architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture. Through lectures and assignments, it deals with the place of colour and lighting in architecture and in building a city’s image.

Code

Name

ECTS credits

Language of instruction

Colour and perception

 

 

ARTS-E0300 

Colour - Light - Space

4

 Finnish

ARTS-A0302 

Colour and Perception

4

 English

ARTS-A0303

Varying Courses in Colour and Perception

2-10

 Finnish

Sculpture

Sculpture studies provide students with the skills needed to work in modern sculpting and design. Emphasised are skills that students can apply in their own fields, such as how to research new materials, working methods and methodologies. The ‘Ways of Making’ courses offer the practical experience of working in a sculptor’s studio. ‘Digital Sculpture’ introduces the utilisation of new and developing technologies in 3D art. Conceptual and theory-intensive studies are also included in the course selection on contemporary art.

Code

Name

ECTS credits

Language of instruction

Sculpture

 

 

ARTS-A0400 

Sculpture Courses with Varying Contens

2–10

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0404

Ways of Making 1 – Mold making & casting techniques

5

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0411

Ways of Making 2 – Constructing sculpture with wood and metal

5

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0409

Ways of Making 3–Kinetic & robotic sculpture

2–4*

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0410

Digital Sculpture 1: 3D modelling for Sculpture

2

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0406

Digital Sculpture 2 – FabLab techniques for sculpture

2*

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0407

Digital Sculpture 3 – Programming for sculptors

2

 English (Finnish)

Printmaking

Printmaking involves the handcrafting of printing plates as well as the prints produced by various methods (copperplate, woodblock, limestone, mesh screen). Prints are regarded as original artworks. Basic courses in printmaking offer the rudiments in a variety of printing techniques and develop the student’s command of the tools used. The intermediate courses deepen the knowledge and skill levels of students in their chosen method and enlarge their range of artistic expression. As printmaking is a specialisation study, beginners are recommended to take it during their second year of Bachelor’s studies

Code

Name

ECTS credits

Language of instruction

Printmaking

 

 

ARTS-A0500 

Introduction to Lithography

3

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0501 

Advanced Course in Lithography

3*

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0502 

Introduction to Silkscreen

3

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0503 

Advanced Course in Screen Printing

3*

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0504 

Introduction to Intaglio

3

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0505 

Advanced Course in Intaglio

3*

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0506

Japanese Watercolour Woodcut

3

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0507 

Basic Course in Woodcut

3

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0508 

Advanced Course in Woodcut

3*

 English (Finnish)

Art history and theory

Art history and theory aim to provide a general overview of the history and key theoretical questions and conceptions of art, design and applied (industrial) art and design. The courses also discuss the relationship of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture with social change and cultural history. Seeking to enrich student understanding of their own fields, a particular goal of the classes in theory is to clarify critical concepts and thereby boost the methodological competencies and abilities of students to resolve problems in their respective areas. History and theory classes in art and design build competencies relevant to research-based knowledge.

Code

Name

ECTS credits

Language of instruction

Art history and theory

 

 

ARTS-A0614 

Suomen taiteen historia

3

 Finnish

ARTS-E0604

Global Perspectives: Re-mapping the History of Art

4

 English

ARTS-A0611

Making Art History: Materials, Meanings, Debates

3*

 English

ARTS-A0612

Nykytaiteen historia

4

 Finnish

ARTS-A0613

Visual and Material Culture History

4*

 Finnish

ARTS-A0615

Eurooppalaisten uudet vaatteet

3*

 Finnish

ARTS-A0601 

Art History Courses with Varying Contents

2–10

 Finnish / English

ARTS-A0605 

Introduction to Philosophy

2

 Finnish

ARTS-A0607

History of Comics

2*

 Finnish

ARTS-A0609

Taiteen evoluutio

2

 Finnish

ARTS-E0600

Contemporary Aesthetics

4

 English

ARTS-E0601

The Philosophy of Knowledge and Skills

4*

 Finnish

ARTS-E0602 

Argumentation Skills

2*

 Finnish

ARTS-E0603

Seminar of Environmental Thinking, Aesthetics and Art

3

 English

ARTS-E0605

Tools and techniques for analyzing digital data

4

 English

Contemporary art

Most of the contemporary arts courses focus on the production of art. In addition, the courses update students on the respective expressive forms of contemporary art today, including their current trends, recent histories and ways of operating. While the thematic content of the courses is defined by the teacher, the main emphasis is on themes and concerns of interest to the students themselves.
While the contemporary art courses are aimed at the Master’s level, Bachelor’s as well as Doctoral students may also attend or seek admission. Most of the courses are taught in English

 

Code

Name

ECTS credits

Language of instruction

Contemporary art

 

 

ARTS-E0700 

Aistien maailma / The Realm of the Senses

4–8

 Finnish / English

ARTS-E0701 

Contemporary Drawing

6

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-E0709 

Media Intervention in the City

5*

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-E0708  

Sculpture Now! 

4

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-E0707 

Hey, We´re in Space! / An Introduction to Installation Art

4*

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-E0705 

Reality Show / Performance Art Course

2

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-E0706 

Contemporary Art Courses with Varying Contents

2–10

 Finnish /English

Digital Arts

Code

Name

ECTS credits

Language of instruction

ARTS-A0700 

Photography and Image Processing

4

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0701

Digital art 1 - programming for visual artists

2

 English (Finnish)

ARTS-A0608

General Studies Courses with Varying Contents

2–10

 Finnish / English

 

* course not organized 2017-2018

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