Master's Program in Fine ArtsUniversity of the Arts Helsinki
Master's Program in Fine Arts
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About this program
Master's Program in Fine Arts
We train visual artists who learn their own strengths and expression methods and prepare them for a world where artists take on multi-faceted roles and profiles.
You will acquire skills and knowledge that will enable you to work independently as a visual artist and understand your own work as a part of the context of contemporary art and society, where artists may adopt multi-faceted roles and profiles.
Studies focus on artistic activities and theoretical studies. The Academy of Fine Arts focuses on independent art, giving the students the flexibility to pursue their personal aspirations when selecting courses and planning their curriculum. Individual guidance and independent artistic work are integral to the studies, but group instruction, workshops, field trips and different kinds of projects are also important and increase the sense of community within the academy.
Public exhibition of one's own art in exhibitions, public space and other various contexts is an essential part of the studies. Students familiarise themselves with exhibition activities and practices at the Academy of Fine Arts galleries, Exhibition Laboratory and Project Room, which improves their ability to take part in exhibition productions of various sizes.
The subject areas of the Degree Program in Fine Arts are Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking and Time and Space Arts. The subject area of Time and Space Arts allows you to specialise in moving image, photography, or site and situation specific art.
Language skill requirements
In order to be admitted as a degree student to the Uniarts Helsinki, applicants must have command of the language of instruction used in the Program. Having sufficient language skills is, in principle, a requirement in order to be eligible to apply, and it ensures that the applicant has demonstrated educability and suitability for university-level education and has the communication skills needed as a student.
The academies determine the languages of instruction for each degree Program. The languages are stated in the program’s admission criteria as well as the syllabus.
If a Program has several languages of instruction, applicants are only required to prove their proficiency in one of the languages. If a degree program or e.g. joint Program requires the demand of several languages, applicants may be required to demonstrate their language skills in several languages.
Applicants must demonstrate their skills with a language certificate or prior studies. Language skills may also be assessed as part of entrance examinations.
A number of our study programs is offered in Finnish, Swedish, and English. This means that the student has the right to use any of these languages in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of teaching makes it impossible. Please notice that most of our group instruction is held in Finnish or English.
These requirements are followed in our bachelor’s and master's admissions, and in doctoral admissions where appropriate.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is €5000 per year.
Tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki are only applicable to Non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a BA or a MA degree in English.
Doctoral studies in fine arts provide students with the competence and the opportunity to conduct independent and creative artistic research. Artistic research is a field of multi-disciplinary research that focuses on the artist and art. Graduates of the 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. Doctoral training develops the artist-researchers’ ability to apply their skills as artists, researchers, teachers, and experts in their field.
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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 (2016–2021).
- We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts which was opened in 2021. The facilities are in the use of the Academy of Fine Arts as well as students of light design, sound design, and design for the performing arts. 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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