Please note the change of application time:
The application periods are 1.9.-20.10.2016 and 1.3.-18.4.2017.
Evaluation of doctoral thesis will be changed from 1.1.2017 on (changes will be informed later in the autumn 2016).
Eligibility for postgraduate education
In the Faculty of Art and Design of the University of Lapland, scientific postgraduate education builds on a higher university degree in the educational field of art. Eligibility may also be granted to a person who has completed a higher university degree in another area and whose area of postgraduate degree is related to the faculty’s fields of education and whose competence the faculty deems sufficient for postgraduate art education.
The primary task of the Faculty of Art and Design is to promote research, artistic activity, and societal interaction and to support postgraduate education in the field of art. As a rule, the postgraduate students of the faculty complete the degree of Doctor of Art and Design. In special cases, the right to complete the degree of Doctor of Philosophy can be granted to a person who has completed a basic degree in an educational area other than art at a Finnish institute of higher education or a degree corresponding to a Finnish basic degree at a foreign institute of similar status. A multidisciplinary dissertation must receive a statement of approval from the supervising professor. Before granting eligibility to a student for postgraduate education, the faculty verifies that the completed degree provides sufficient readiness for postgraduate studies in the educational field of art.
A person who has completed abroad a degree corresponding to a higher degree can be granted the right to complete a postgraduate degree, provided that he/she has sufficient readiness for postgraduate studies and that the faculty can appoint an instructor.
Applying for postgraduate studies
Eligibility for completing a postgraduate degree is requested from the faculty that mainly deals with the discipline of the research. The aim of the admittance is to produce researchers and other high-level experts out of students who are skilled, motivated, and committed to research and postgraduate studies.
The selection process is specifically focused on assessing the applicant's scientific thinking, proficiency in the central concepts and models of his/her field, and ability to define and solve problems. When the research contains an artistic production, the selection also focuses on artistic know-how, documentation of the artistic process, and the way in which the artistic production is related to the research argumentation.
The applicant for postgraduate studies is recommended already in the planning phase to consult the professor whose expertise is most closely related to the research topic in order to discuss the research topic, research plan, and other issues related to the postgraduate studies. This is to ensure that the faculty has the needed resources for instruction and that the research topic is linked to the profile of the faculty and university.
The right to study for a postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Art and Design is requested using an application form that is delivered to the faculty Dean (postgraduate student application). There are two application periods annually. The application periods are 1.9.-20.10.2016 and 1.3.-18.4.2017. The application form with its appendices is delivered to the faculty office, which requests an opinion on the application from the faculty’s professor representing the pertinent educational field. The application is handled by the faculty’s working group on doctoral education.
After the working group on doctoral education has handled the issue and based on the presentation of the head of student services, the Dean decides on the admission to postgraduate studies.
Certified diplomas and a research plan must be appended to the postgraduate student application form. The assessment of the application centers on the research plan.
- topic or topic area of the postgraduate studies and preliminary information on whether the postgraduate studies belong to the general doctoral programme of the University of Lapland or to one of its three thematic multidisciplinary doctoral programmes (Culture-centred Service Design, Northern Cultures and Sustainable Natural Resource Politics, and Communities and Changing Work)
- relation between the scientific part and the possible artistic production
- goals, problems, realization, and methods of research
- summary and key words, roughly one page
- length 7–10 pages (font size 11-12, line spacing 1,5)
- connection to the focal areas of the university (cf. detailed selection criteria, below)
The application must also include the timetable of the postgraduate studies, an estimate of the completion of the research and the possible artistic productions, and the possible funding.
A preliminary plan for other postgraduate studies (60 cr.) and a notification of a potential need for instruction from outside the faculty must be appended to the research plan.
Detailed selection criteria for postgraduate students:
- innovativeness of the research topic
- realistic plan and adequate contents
- objectives of the possible artistic production and realistic implementation
- research topic and its relation to the faculty’s strategic focal points of research
- success in master’s studies or corresponding studies abroad
- grade of the thesis at least good or expertise shown otherwise
- student’s commitment to studies and possibility to take part in postgraduate education seminars and other required studies
- sufficient language skills required in the studies
- availability of expert instruction and sufficient instruction resources
- continuation of instruction
Eligibility is not granted if the applicant does not fulfil the terms of admission. Admission may also be denied due to insufficient supervision or financing resources or because the available expertise is not applicable to the applicant’s research topic.
Decision on the application and rectification request
Applicants admitted to pursue postgraduate studies are informed about the decision personally by letter. Also rejected applicants are informed of the decision and its grounds. Those disagreeing with the decision may submit a written rectification request to the Dean within 14 days from the decision.
Registering at the university as a postgraduate student and termination of the right to postgraduate studies
Having received the right to complete a postgraduate degree, the student registers as a postgraduate student of the Faculty of Art and Design at the Student Services of the university (visiting address Yliopistonkatu 8). The postgraduate student must remain registered as an attending student throughout the studies. When registering, the postgraduate is to inform whether he/she aims to study in the general doctoral programme of the University of Lapland or in one of the university’s three multidisciplinary, thematic doctoral programmes (Cultre-centered Service Design, Northern Cultures and Sustainable Natural Resource Politics, or Communities and Changing Work).
The student is deemed having given up the right to postgraduate studies if he/she
- has not agreed on discontinuing the studies with the instructor or supervising professor
- has not registered as a postgraduate student for two consecutive years, or
- regardless of notifications has not participated in the postgraduate studies and agreed instruction sessions.
After the study right has been relinquished, continuing with the postgraduate studies requires a new application procedure in compliance with the applicable regulations.