Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts

Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts

General information

Schedule for the first academic year

Autumn 2019:

New students' registeration at the Student Services on Friday 16 August at 10-12, 13-16
starting the studies: Monday 19 August (see schedule)
Autumn semester instruction 2018: weeks (34)35-41 and 43-51
Week free from instruction: 42
Study trip: to be announced later

Spring 2020:
Studies continue: week 2
Week free from instruction: 8
Spring semester instruction: weeks 2-7 and 9-18/24

Officially the academic year starts on 1st of August and ends on 31st of July. The academic year is divided in autumn and spring semester. Teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts mainly takes place from early September to the end of May. The students may agree about independent studies for summer with the teaching staff.

Students pursuing a 5.5-year degree begin their studies at the beginning of the autumn term with the first orientation period, after which they begin the Introduction to independent artistic activities and the subject areas module (“Mylly”) that spans the whole first autumn term. During this time the students will get familiarized with the different study areas. Teaching starts already on the first week of studies. Daily teaching hours are usually from 9 am to 5 pm.

New students will choose their subject areas in December and start their studies in their subject areas in the spring term. The subject area chosen by the student will assign to him or her a studio facility suited to his/her work. During the spring term of the first year, the student will begin the BFA seminar and finish the Introduction to the history of art course. The student will also complete elective artistic studies and independent artistic work, to be continued in the following years, and, if so desired, complete for example language and/or theoretical studies. In artistic studies, the student must complete during her/his studies at least 20 credits within a single subject area (sculpture, painting, printmaking or time and space arts).

University degrees of Fine Arts

The Academy has a two-tier degree system. The lower degree (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is first completed, followed by the higher university degree (Master of Fine Arts). About half of the students are selected straight to the master’s degree studies.

The Academy of Fine Arts also has a Praxis – Master’s Programme in Exhibition Studies that admits new students every other year.

After finishing the Master of Fine Arts Degree students can apply for post-graduate studies (Doctor of Fine Arts).

Bachelor of Fine Arts, BFA

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA or lower university degree) comprises 210 credits. The degree is generally expected to be completed in 3.5 years. The studies are completed following the degree requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Degree requirements for Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (pdf)

Master of Fine Arts, MFA

The Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA or higher university degree) comprises 120 credits. The degree is expected to be completed in 2 years of study. The studies are completed following the degree requirements of the Master of Fine Arts Degree. Degree requirements for the Master of Fine Arts Degree (pdf)

Doctor of Fine Arts, DFA

The degree of Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA, postgraduate degree) comprises 240 credits and is expected to be completed in 4 years. The studies are completed following the degree requirements of the Doctor of Fine Arts Degree. Degree requirements for the Doctor of Fine Arts (pdf)

More information about the degrees and curricula: http://www.uniarts.fi/en/degrees-and-curricula

Subject areas of Fine Arts

The degree programme in fine arts offers teaching in sculpture, painting, printmaking and time and space arts. In time and space art students may specialize in moving image, photography, or site and situation specific art. In time and space art students may specialize in moving image, photography, or site and situation specific art. The Academy of Fine Arts also has a two-year Praxis Master of Fine Arts Programme in Art and Exhibition Studies.

The first autumn semester is provided by the Joint Studies subject area. It also provides joint, compulsory and optional teaching for all Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students in art and writing, e. g. art history, the philosophy of art, art theory, exhibition studies, drawing and perception, and working life skills.

More about the studies at the Academy of Fine Arts

The Personal Study Plan (PSP)

All BFA and MFA students prepare a personal study plan (PSP) to support their studies and updates it annually during the spring semester. The purpose of the PSP is to support the student’s own planning of studies, progress in studies and graduation. The PSP contains a plan for the completion and scheduling of compulsory and elective courses and a plan for the student’s own artistic work. The PSP is specific to the degree being completed. All students completing degrees at the Academy of Fine Arts are required to prepare a personal study plan. The PSP done by the student is checked with their supervising teacher and a member of studies administration at the Academy. The discussions related to the PSP monitor the progress of studies, the development of the student and address the artistic aims and career plans of students. The PSP is approved by the supervising teacher.

If a first-year student has completed a considerable amount of previous art studies or other university-level studies, they can be included in the degree to be completed at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Student Guidance

The Academy of Fine Arts provides their students and alumni in various ways which you can read more the Student Services' page.

Do you have some questions about starting your studies? Contact information of the Study Services at the Academy of Fine Arts