autumn 2022
KVI-2517 Sami Art - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester. 

Type of course

The course is optional and may be taken as a single course

Admission requirements

Previous courses in art history is recommended but not a requirement.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification (generell studiekompetanse) or prior learning and work experience (realkompetanse).

Application code (Nordic applicants): 9199

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

KVI-2516 Sámi Art and Handcraft/duodji 10 stp
KVI-2516 Indigenous Art 10 stp

Course content

This course introduces students to the artistic production of northern indigenous peoples, with particular focus on Sámi art. The concept of art is here understood in a broad sense, and includes, among others, traditional and new media, decorated objects (with or without practical functions) and architecture. The course establishes a basic terminological, methodological, ethical and theoretical framework that involves a discussion and problematizing of concepts such as "indigenous", "modern" and "contemporary", for example. In our analyses, we connect art works to debates and theories relevant to current discourses in the disciplines of art history, indigenous studies and the broader humanities.

Objectives of the course

After completing the course, you will have the following learning outcomes:


You will have developed knowledge and understanding in the areas listed below:

  • Sámi art (dáidda, duodji, architecture) in recent times.
  • The establishment of an institutional framework for Sámi art (through for example art schools, centres, exhibitions, criticism, collections and architecture).
  • Examples of art produced by other indigenous peoples in Northern and Arctic areas.
  • Central categories and definitions relating to Sámi and indigenous art and their effect on art historical practice.


You will be able to:

  • Work independently with research problems and debated art historical problems.
  • Discuss and problematize indigenous art, contemporary art, duodji, design and public architecture in the context of Sámi and other relevant cultures.
  • Communicate art historical research problems, analyses, and interpretations of indigenous art of the northern areas to specialists and to the general public.
  • Structure and formulate complex academic discussions.

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English. Students` coursework and exam may be submitted in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Teaching methods

The course is organized in three seminars, with each extending over two days. The seminars take place at the beginning, middle and end of the semester and amounts to a total of about 26-30 hours.

The course employs a number of teaching methods, ranging from dialogic lectures to group discussions and presentations with an active use of visual media. We also visit museum and gallery exhibitions in order to view and discuss works of art in situ. Lecturers give individual and collective guidance to students.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Pensumliste for KVI-2517 Sami Art


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 28.11.2022 13:00 (Hand in) A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Oral presentation or essay Approved – not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the coursework requirements

  • A 15-minute oral presentation, or write an essay of about four pages (à 2300 characters).

Re-sit examination

The final exam in the course will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of an F grade. The deadline to register (in the Studentweb) for a re-sit examination is 15 January (for courses offered in the autumn semester).
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: KVI-2517
  • Earlier years and semesters for this topic