Master's Degree Programme in Arctic Art and Design

Students can specialize in Applied Visual Arts or Service Design

The Arctic Art and Design master’s programme focuses on the intersection of art and design, using the strengths of both disciplines. The degree is characterized by a human-centred approach to problem solving. Students are required to investigate and apply methods including user-centred techniques of co-design to the participatory approach used in socially-engaged visual arts. The programme includes live, active projects that address issues related to the Arctic and the circumpolar north. The project studies create a challenging environment for students in which to develop creative and innovative solutions.

In essence, the overarching idea in Arctic Art and Design is to develop students’ professional identity by building expertise and a professional portfolio throughout the studies. In addition, a sense for entrepreneurship is fostered by learning to identify possibilities from small-scale creative solutions to larger service design-based company consultations or socially-engaged art projects.

Research skills are developed through seminars and methodological courses.  Students are required to complete a master’s thesis, offering the possibility of continuation to doctoral studies.


   Application Period 

 1 December 2016 - 31 January 2017
 Master of Arts (Art & Design)

 Applied Visual Arts and Service Design
 120 ECTS
   Duration of Studies
 2 years (full time)
   Start Date
 1 September
 See the curriculum here

 – a BA level degree in a relevant field of study
 – a good command of English for academic purposes

   Tuition Fees and


 See information here

What Will You Learn?

Career Opportunities

Studying in Lapland

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Important Dates and Timelines

What Will You Learn?

Arctic Art and Design (120 ECTS) Master's Degree Study Structure:

    Orientation Studies 20 cr.
    Advanced Studies 85 cr.
    Elective Studies 15 cr.


As a student in the Arctic Art and Design master’s program, you will be at the intersection of art and design, gaining knowledge and skills based in applied visual arts and service design. You will develop expertise in the themes of art and design for extreme affordability, focusing on need-finding of the users, user empathy, user-centred design, rapid prototyping and iteration, and collaborative dynamics and issues of social design, as well as expertise in emerging methods in visual arts, such as participatory approach. Further, you will learn in-depth skills and competencies in community-centred design and community and environment-based art in the context of the Arctic and the circumpolar north. You will also develop your skills in recognizing entrepreneurial opportunities as well as improve your portfolio presentation skills.

You will also acquire solid researcher’s skills through academic communication and methodological courses as well as the master’s thesis, which then allows you to continue research towards a doctoral degree.

The degree offered:
Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Career Opportunities

The main focus of the master’s program is to educate artists and designers who can find employment in regional and international development activities, and in capacity building for innovation and growth. Furthermore, graduates of the program have possibilities to work as entrepreneurs, consultants, designers and artists within problematic or extreme development areas and even focus on dealing complex issues (so-called wicked problems).

Studying in Lapland

The University of Lapland, located on the Arctic Circle in the city of Rovaniemi, Finland, is the perfect choice for studying in the North. Our contemporary premises and relatively small sized campus provide students with a cozy atmosphere in which to learn, study, and relax in.

As the northernmost university in Finland and in the European Union, issues pertaining to the Arctic and circumpolar North constitute essential topics in our research and teaching. Additionally, we are the only university in Finland which specializes in Arctic themes, and our Faculty of Art and Design is one of only two universities in its own field in Finland.

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Important Dates and Timelines

 Study Period
 1 September 2017 – 30 September 2019
 Application Period  1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017
 Interviews  April 2017
 Student Selection Results  By 5 May 2017
 Appeals  By 19 May 2017
 Accepting the Study Place  By 10 June 2017

For further information

If you have questions concerning the studies, the admission requirements and the application process, please contact admission(at)ulapland.fi


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