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A More Sustainable Life – International project (5 cr)

Code: AM00CD93-3001

General information


21.11.2022 - 08.01.2023


16.01.2023 - 30.05.2023

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching


Institute of Design and Fine Arts (LAB)


Lahti Campus

Teaching languages

  • English

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Graphic Design


  • Christoffer Leka
  • Marion Robinson

Scheduling groups

  • Toteutuksen opetusryhmä 1 (Size: 22. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Toteutuksen opetusryhmä 1

Learning outcomes

The student is able to
- work in her or his respective professional role within an international team
- communicate professionally in an international setting
- take the various aspects of sustainability into account in their professional work.

Implementation and methods of teaching

The course investigates what the theme 'sustainability' means for visual communication design. The problem is that sustainability is a buzzword - and rightfully so - but it has not been properly dissected in our industry. Designers are by nature very attuned to the problems of the world. But often fail to translate this standpoint to something that can be communicated as an extra value that we bring to the table.

5 aspects of sustainability from a visual communication designer’s perspective:
- Research themes: material matter + digital sustainability + social sustainability + environmental aesthetics + designer's ethics
- Students form research focus groups, study together and then present findings
- Presentation is sharing and questioning knowledge. It is prime learning time. Debate culture is also cultivated.

These themes will be collated into a publication, a design object made and curated by you. The publication is worked on during a one-week long intensive workshop at campus.
We will then present these findings to our design community and make the questions, findings and musings present and relevant.

In addition above, we will cover printed publication technical basics such as material knowledge, printing technology, preparing work for print and a visit to a print house.

Timing and attendance

Research: February – April (online work in groups with your own schedule, + few lecture/presentation dates)
Live Workshop week at Lahti Campus: 24.4. – 28.4.2023
Printing and presenting works: May

Learning material and recommended literature

Available at course moodle

Working life cooperation

A visit to a printhouse, possible excursions.

Learning environment

Online, campus, intensive workshop. International students will join the course.

Assessment scale