Doctoral programme in Fine Arts
The Academy of Fine Arts offers doctoral education that emphasises high-quality artistic work and related research in the field of fine arts.
Doctoral studies provide students with the abilities and the opportunity to conduct independent and creative artistic research. Artistic research is a field of multidisciplinary research that focuses on the artist and art. Graduates of our program are artist-researchers who develop and renew arts, as well as the making, research and teaching of arts.
They engage in a diverse and critical dialogue with the different actors in society. As experts in their field, they create art and produce information, knowledge, and insights based on art-related practices that can be applied in the arts and also in other sectors of society.
Our doctoral program develops the artist-researchers’ ability to apply their skills as artists, researchers, teachers, and experts.
Applicants can be admitted to doctoral studies if they have completed:
- an applicable higher university degree
- an applicable higher degree at a polytechnic or university of applied sciences
- an applicable degree outside of Finland permitting one to enrol in similar university studies in the country of the degree.
Language skill requirements
In order to be admitted to the Doctoral programs in Fine Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts, the applicant must have sufficient language skills in Finnish, Swedish or English. The applicant must demonstrate the language skills with prior studies or a language certificate.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Doctoral thesis in fine arts
- Postgraduate studies in fine arts
- Artistic research seminars
- Theme seminars
- Research seminar
- Thesis circle
- Methodical studies
- Interfaces of artistic research
- Research competency
- Introduction to doctoral studies
- Conference presentation
- Research ethics
- Optional studies
The languages of instruction for this programme are English, Finnish and Swedish.
There is no tuition fee in the doctoral programme.
Target degree – Doctor
The Doctor of Fine Arts degree extends to 240 ECTS credits.
Degree proficiency objectives
Persons who have completed a doctoral degree in fine arts are specialists in their field of research who can:
- conduct independent artistic research
- realise an artistic research project based on a sound plan
- critically evaluate the various phases and end result of an artistic research project as well as
- engage in academic dialogue related to their research subject
- document artistic research processes and talk about their research in various contexts
- identify important current developments and evaluate them critically
- apply assimilated knowledge and engage in art and the research of art in an organized, informed and creative manner
- co-operate with actors in their own field as well as specialists in other fields
- understand the ethical implications of their research and activity and act in a fair and responsible way
About this institute
University of the Arts Helsinki
The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. Uniarts Helsinki’s wide selection of programs in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching...
Why study at University of the Arts Helsinki
- The University of the Arts is one of the leading performing arts universities in the world: Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has ranked among the top 15 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2020).
- We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts being developed for 2021. We host over 1,000 public performances or exhibitions per year.
- At Uniarts Helsinki you can study in an inspiring environment where different disciplines of art influence each other. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki; Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius Academy, have roots deep within the Finnish arts education and history of art. The predecessors of all three academies were founded in the 19th century although then they operated under slightly different names.
- The Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy with a focus on fine arts. Students' personal aspirations and one-to-one guidance in teaching are at the heart of the academy.
- The Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. It is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities.
- The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.
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