mission statementFor the North – into the World. The University of Lapland is committed to promoting sustainable development, well-being and equality at the local, regional and international levels through research, artistic activity and teaching.
The profile areas of the University of Lapland – international research on the Arctic and northern issues as well as tourism research – describe the shared themes that overarch research. Furthermore, three multidisciplinary focus areas are emphasised within the profile areas:
- Service design
- Northern welfare and changing work
- Sustainable development, law and justice
main focusThe Faculty of Art and Design has five degree programmes which include Audiovisual Media Culture, Graphic Design, Art Education, Textile and Clothing Design and Industrial Design. The Faculty also provides fine art and cultural studies. Education offers artistic, theoretical and analytic tools with which students can refine their own artistic expression, produce applications and work as art educators.
faculties and departmentsDegree programmes:
Audiovisual Media Culture
Textile and Clothing Design (Specializations: Interior and Textile Design or Clothing Design)
bachelor level programsAll programmes lead to a degree called Bachelor of Arts (Art and Design).
Intended completion time 3 years.
Degree can be completed in the Finnish language
master level programsAll programmes lead to a degree called Master of Arts (Art and Design).
Intended completion time 2 years.
Degree can be completed in the Finnish language. Some programs are also offered for international students.
research activity and main areasThe University of Lapland conducts distinctive, dynamic, open-minded and multidisciplinary research, which crosses the borders of disciplines and faculties, science and art. The Faculty of Art and Design emphasizes a lively dialogue between research and pragmatic questions based particularly on the fields of product, service and graphic design, audiovisual media, clothing, textiles and interiors, and art education. The northern location of the University becomes visible as the cultural and environmental context of research but also through active cooperation in the Arctic region. The regional and international cooperation builds on the Faculty’s expertise of artistic and design processes and practices aiming for novel solutions for educational, societal and industrial challenges in all areas of life, including tourism, private and public services, education, culture as well as inclusive and inviting environments.
doctorate level programsDoctor of Arts (Art and Design), Doctor of Philosophy.
subject areas for exchange studentsThe Faculty has created seven various modules for the autumn and spring semester of which applicants are asked to choose the most suitable one.
The modules are created to
- inform applicants on the studies when planning the exchange;
- to guarantee students 25 - 30 ECTS credits of studies per semester which is commonly required by partner institutions;
- to avoid overlapping in course timetables;
- to reserve exchange students places in workshops and courses with limited number of students.
Modules for exchange students:
Audiovisual Media Culture
Interior and Textile Design
Fine Art and Cultural Studies
application deadlinesThe application deadline for Autumn semester and Full year admission is annually May 15th and for the Spring semester admission October 15th.
teaching languagesMajority at the tuition is in Finnish in the degree studies.
In the study modules for exchange students some courses are in English and some courses are integrated to the classes where majority of the students are Finnish. Thus the language of instruction is also Finnish. In such situations exchange students will get individual tutoring by the teachers and the studies are supported by literature, presentations and exercises in English.
semester datesAutumn term: Beginning of Sep - Mid December
Spring term: Beginning of Jan - End of May
Courses can be started earlier depending on the study area.
cost of living per month (studying and living)Living expenses: approximately 600–900 € per month (including approximate rent, food and public transportation).
Material expenses: depending on courses selected.