In the Arctic Art and Design MA programme, projects are the focal point of studies. Projects are often closely related to the local life in Lapland and sustainable development.
In the Arctic Art and Design MA programme, it is mandatory for students to take on a project. The projects are closely related to the local life in Lapland and sustainable development. Here are two example projects the students have been working on recently, Tirrovoimaa Project and Enontekiö Art Path Project. In both projects, a group of students who come from art and design backgrounds worked together with the locals of the areas to develop opportunities. Tirrovoimaa Project focused on tourism while Enontekiö Project focused on art.
Tirrovoimaa is located in Pasmajarvi village, Lapland. Pasmajarvi is a small village with only 40 residents. The objective of Tirrovoimaa project is to find sustainable alternative tourism possibilities to keep the area alive and involve the residents in the process to inform them about the business opportunities the tourism service would bring. This project was led by Hanna-Riina Vuontisjärvi and the projects students were Hazal Doga Kılıçkap (Service Design), Shiho Eikoku (Service Design), Marcelo Souza (Applied Arts), Jenna Holton (Applied Arts). Students had different missons for the project, they had their own sub-projects and a collective goal. You can find more information on the project from Tirrovoimaa project blog.
Enontekiö is a municipality in Lapland. Enontekiö Art Path Project was a collaboration between University of Lapland and Municipality of Enontekiö. The project consisted of art workshops with locals of the area and the aim of the project was to create environmental artworks in the villages of Enontekiö. The project was led by Elina Härkönen and Timo Jokela, project students were Juho Hiilivirta, Huang Liu, Eutheum Lee, Tanja Koistinen, Amisha Mishra and Juliana Semenovah. You can find more information on the project from the project booklet.
Hazal Doga Kilickap
Arctic Art and Design Master’s Degree Program Student
Photo: Juho Hiilivirta