Dynamic Visualization in New Media

Basic information of the minor

Code: ARTS3048

Extent: 25 ECTS

Language: English

Teachers in charge: Lily Diaz, Markku Reunanen

Target group: only masters level students

Application procedure: 

Application time for Aalto University students for Dynamic Visualization in New Media minor subject studies (25 credits) is May 1-15. Instructions for applying: http://studyguides.aalto.fi/minors-guide/2015/en/minor/instructions-for-applying.html

Students from other Finnish universities apply during the JOO application time in April 1-30 via JOOPAS https://haku.joopas.fi.

Needed attachments are a transcript of records and a motivation letter. In the letter the applicant describes his/her background and experience relating to the minor subject applied for as well as indicates his/her learning objectives. Experience in working with digital media is recommended.

Selection criteria: 1) educational background relating to the minor subject, 2) working experience or other experience relating to the minor subject, 3) feasible learning goals relating to the minor subject

Quotas and restrictions: 3-8 available places, no quota.

Prerequisites: Please see application procedure and quotas and restrictions.

Content and structure of the minor

Learning outcomes

From a practical point of view, this thematic area seeks to develop competence in visualization as a key aspect of digital design, with the objective of developing visual literacy and using this skill in the creation of effective information and communication products.

From a theoretical point of view, the aim is to provide an understanding of the context of visualization as one involving dynamic processes that are of a biological as well as of a social and cultural nature. The course's focus is on the nature of these processes as well as the role of visualization within them.


Visualization involves the manipulation of abstract elements, since in many instances its objective is to provide knowledge about phenomena whose essence is not visual, or about artifacts that do not yet exist. For example, a map of its stations does not really resemble a metro itself but rather, outlines the different parts of the system, their location, as well as the process of moving from one part to another.

Visualization is closely related to the notion of communication in contemporary culture. The idea of the artist or the designer as an expert in visualization, pre-supposes acquiring familiarity with the iconographic systems of diverse visual cultures. From this point of view the designer works like the anthropologist; s/he becomes familiar with the visual artifacts of the audience s/he is supposed to design for.

Structure of the minor




These courses are obligatory in dvd minor subject studies


Introduction to Visualization



Dynamic Visualization 1



Dynamic Visualization 2


Student can collect the rest of the needed  25 ECTS credits from these courses.

These courses will be organized every year:


Interface Prototyping



Dynamic Visualization Independent Studies



Information Visualization and Design


These courses are taught only every second year:


Systems of Representation



Information Graphics; Formats and Genres



3D User Interface Design



Information Architecture


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