Pilot case

Digital painting and vector illustration online course

An online introductory course to digital art.
Digital painting and vector illustration online course

Pilot leader

Heikka Valja


School of Arts Design and Architecture


70 students


May 2018 – Dec 2018


Digital painting and vector illustration online course is a 6 credit skills course provided by ARTS Centre for General Studies. The course is developed and the learning material produced as a Aalto Online Learning pilot.

The online course is an introductory course to three areas of digital art:

  • Digital painting and drawing
  • Vector illustration
  • Image manipulation

The assignments are designed so that the course teaches the basics of graphic technology and also serves as an introduction to observational painting and drawing and vector illustration. The course is an open MOOC and taught in Finnish and starting on spring 2019 also in English.

The course is beneficial to all people who are interested in art, design and visual communication:

  • Art and design students of all levels
  • Visual communication and marketing students
  • Tech students interested in technical illustration
  • Professional artists and designers who want to get more skillful in digital technology
  • Art teachers
  • High school / vocational college students interested in visual professions in art, design or game and other entertainment industries

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Involved courses

ARTS-A0702 – Digitaalinen maalaus ja vektorikuvitus (verkkokurssi) (6 ECTS)


Heikka Valja
School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Art
Pilot leader

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