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MAAD1210 Master Thesis and Seminar, 40 ECTS cr. 
Code MAAD1210  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Master Thesis and Seminar  Abbreviation Master Thesis a 
Credits40 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced studies Subject0157 Other Art Studies 
ClassMaster's thesis  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Art and Design 


The starting points, targets, methods, and phases of applied visual art and design research. Research-oriented thinking and discussion. Research reporting
Learning objectives: The student becomes skilled in independent data acquisition, creative problem solving, scientific thinking, and in managing appropriate research methods. In the seminar the students utilize their research process to get acquainted with the literature and research methods related to their field. They examine the phases of research, the construction of a research plan, methodological choices, the utilization of literary sources, the construction of a theoretical basis, and the production of research results and conclusions. Towards the end of the seminar the students learn to deal with questions related to research reporting. The pro gradu thesis must demonstrate knowledge of the chosen theme  in applied visual art, a good command of research methods, and proficiency in scientific communication. The pro gradu thesis can be made
1) as a scientific thesis or
2) as a combination of an artistic production and a related smaller-scale scientific thesis.
The scientific thesis must demonstrate a good command of the principles, theme, and methods of applied visual art and the ability to generate new knowledge. The combination of an artistic production and a smaller-scale thesis must demonstrate skills in high-quality and creative applied visual art activity and in producing a related analysis (scientific part). The implementation of the artistic production can be integrated in the project studies.


Seminar work 60 h. Independent work


Active participation in seminar work. Writing a literature essay and a research plan. Making the pro gradu thesis and reporting

Supplementary Literature 

Hannula, M., Suoranta, J., & Vaden, T. Artistic Research- Theories, Methods and Practices. 2005.
Creswell, J. Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design Choosing Among Five Approaches 2007. Denscombe, M. The Good Research Guide (3rd ed.). 2007.
Duxbury, L., Grierson, E., M., & Waite, D. (Eds.). Thinking Through Practice Art as Research in the Academy (1 ed.). 2008
Gillham, B. Research Interviewing the Range of Techniques A Practical Guide. 2005 Laaksonen, Esa et. al. Research and practice in architecture. 2001
Mäkelä, M. Framing (a) Practice-led research project. In M. Makela & S. Routarinne (Eds.), The Art of Research Research Practices in Art and Design (pp. 60 - 85). 2006.
Scrivener, S., A, R. Visual Art Practice Reconsidered. In M. Makela & S. Routarinne (Eds.), The Art of Research Research Practices in Art and Design (pp. 158-179). 2006.
Pawson, R. & Tilley, N. Realistic evaluation. 1997 Literature about the subject of the theses




Master’s studies, first–second year of studying


UoL, Timo Jokela / Glen Coutts / Satu Miettinen / Jonna Häkkilä


Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type ECTS cr. Teacher Schedule
Reg. time is off. Master Thesis and Seminars 2019-2020  Lecture course  40  Maria Huhmarniemi,
Timo Jokela 
18.09.19 -31.05.20

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