Course name Contemporary and Modern Asian Culture and Art
Course date 01.07.2022 - 30.09.2022
Institution Lapland University of Applied Sciences
Course language English
Credits 5 ECTS credit

Field Culture HUB
Teacher Tien Nguyen
Available for open UAS No
Level Bachelor

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Enrolment period 23.03.2022 - 22.06.2022
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Contemporary and Modern Asian Culture and Art

01.07.2022 - 30.09.2022

Course description


Cultural stories in Asia are continuously retold and adapted to new contexts, not only by way of words, but also by way of the visual medium. This course will help students explore overview of various contemporary and modern art forms of Asian countries focusing on Japan. Today’s artworks draw inspiration from the traditional concepts and ideologies of Asia. However, artists from Asian countries have also been able to give their works an international touch. Drawing on a variety of visual and textual sources, this course introduces students to miniature art in modern Asia. For instance, a plethora of artists creating whimsical adventures in adorable miniature worlds. In addition, students will study how the interaction between word and image has played a pivotal role in the production of Japanese culture in manga and anime. Students will consider more generally the cultural meanings of creativity and eccentricity in modern Japan. For example, genderless is also an interesting topic when students examine from some of modern Japanese artworks. Students will get inspiration about how technology levels up art into borderless art. For example, artworks move out of rooms, communicate with other works, influence, and sometimes intermingle with each other with no boundaries.

Course objectives

By the end of the module, the students will have:

● Knowledge of the culture and art of contemporary and modern art forms of Asian countries focusing on Japan.

● Idea about how contemporary art in Asia has conveyed a multidimensional social voice while penetrating deeply into the human psychology aspect of life’s changes in different ways.

● Academic skills to describe and analyze cultural themes in Asian art and interpret them in their art context.

● Good understanding of Asian cultural interaction in the early modern period.

● Get inspiration on how Asian artists could recreate phenomena of nature, climate, and people through special perspectives.

● A look at the works of notable contemporary artists.


Assessment criteria

Assessment method (Approve/ Not Approve)

Partial Assessment                                        Weighing

Quizzes                                                             5% each, total 25%

Art works                                                         8,5% each, total 68%

Contribute to online exhibition                    7%

● Detailed instructions will be provided in class.

● The course comprises 40% theory and 60% practice.

● There will not be any exams in this course.

● In order to pass the course, students need to get at least 70%.

Course way of working and time table

Pedagogical approach

The course is centered on the individual student’s potential and imagination, therefore, the learning process will be active learning and resource-based learning. The course is designed to be very participative and students would be able to develop subject knowledge and practical skills in modern contemporary art. The practical orientation will be integrated with weekly homeworks. The students are encouraged to share their thoughts at the discussion forum, which culminates with their own questions of artistic expressions related to the contemporary art of Asia. Plenty of instructional art resources that contribute to student’s understanding and enhance their inspiration in contemporary artworks.

Mode of instruction

-Individual learning

-Contact lectures (Optional)

Please NOTE that there are online meetings for this course for students who prefer contact teaching rather than individual study. Students are encouraged to prepare well and contribute to in-class discussion. Extra assignments may be set to make up for higher grades.

Course enrolment info

Free-of-charge studies are intended for Universities of Applied Sciences degree programme students in Finland (more information and Open Universities of Applied Sciences path studies students (more information When enrolling, use your own university’s email address to verify that you have a valid right to study.

Note: Enrolment will be rejected, and no right to study will be granted, if you are not entitled to free-of-charge studies as defined above. Lapland UAS degree programme students must enrol for CampusOnline studies provided at Lapland UAS through their Peppi student information service.