International Master's studies: Service Design Strategies and Innovations

Art Academy of Latvia together with the University of Lapland is excited to offer a two-year international Master's programme in Service Design Strategies and Innovation (SDSI).

This is a new joint master’s programme with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and cross-specialisation. The programme partners include the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Estonian Academy of Arts, Kuldīga Municipality and Kuldīga Artists’ Residence.

Services design is a multidisciplinary and integrative field, therefore the programme aims to combine knowledge, insights, methods and tools from different disciplines - design, business, technology and social sciences.

The programme offers a unique opportunity to combine academic studies and practise-based service design with companies. 

Study Process

The study process includes study periods abroad to Kuldīga in Latvia and Rovaniemi in Finland. Occasional workshops might be organised in Tallinn, Estonia and Riga, Latvia.

Students will have access to vast resources of SDSI partner schools, including prototyping studios and makerspaces in an international learning and networking environment. SDSI locations are ‘safe countries’ characterised by societies striving for social and economic development, wellbeing, and culture.

SDSI emphasises the development of leadership skills, which support students becoming change facilitators who can contribute to innovative, effective and socially responsible service organisations.

How to Apply

Less than 30 students will be admitted to the programme annually, enabling individual and personalised approaches to the study process and providing close networking among students and teaching personnel.

Graduates will be awarded a Master’s double degree, one from the Art Academy of Latvia and one from the University of Lapland.

Course fees for the new SDSI will amount to EUR 8000 annually.

Students interested in international joint degree Master’s programme can find additional information on the SDSI website.