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Art History (5 cr)

Code: AM00CE41-3006

General information


01.07.2022 - 04.09.2022


01.09.2022 - 31.12.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching


Institute of Design and Fine Arts (LAB)


Lahti Campus

Teaching languages

  • Finnish


20 - 80

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Photography
  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Media Design (2022, 2023)
  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Graphic Design (2020, 2021, 2022)


  • Heikki Saros

Teacher in charge

Tero Leponiemi

Scheduling groups

  • Luennot (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)


  • AAMK

Small groups

  • Luennot 1

Learning outcomes

Students are able to
- describe the basics of Western visual arts, architecture and other visual culture, from prehistory to modern times
- use the research concepts of art history and visual culture
- view their professional field as part of artistic practice and the visual environment
- use their knowledge of phenomena in art history in their professional development and work.

Implementation and methods of teaching

The course consists of lectures, group and individual tasks. Course materials deal with art and design history and theory. Museums and authentic materials are part of the course program.
Main goal of the course is to learn the use of contemporary sources of information: printed and e-materials including professionally valid digital archives and data bases

Timing and attendance

The history of art course consists of 13 lectures (4 hours each) and an excursion decided during the term.

Learning material and recommended literature

Course materials and tasks will be published in Moodle e-learning environment

Alternative completion methods

Optional study method is to be agreed with teachers.

Exam retakes

There is no test in the course. Evaluation is based on tasks made during the course. Part of the evaluationa is integrated with communicaltion study essay task.

Learning environment

Both printed research material and internet and digital data bases are used as study materials.

Student time use and work load

History of Art (5 cr) is 135 hours of student work lectures included.


History of Art offers an overview on the history of art, architecture and design. The time span is from the present to the antiquity, the years from 1918 to 2021 underlined. Focal contents of the course are changes of the art concept, formal and trend convention development and representative elements in visual expression.

Additional information for students: previous knowledge etc.

No preliminary knowledge expected.

Assessment criteria

Course evaluation is based on the tasks according to the quality of the used study materials. The tasks and the materials are explained in the moodle e-learning environment.

Assessment scale


Assessment criteria: level 1 (assessment scale 1–5)

-shows activity during the lectures
-shows learning of the course materials
-submits the course tasks

Assessment criteria: level 3 (assessment scale 1–5)

-is knowledgeable of applying course materials to the historical analysis an description

Assessment criteria: level 5 (assessment scale 1–5)

-finds and selects independently historical visual materials and applies them in the course tasks