Orientation studies in the Academy of Fine Arts

The beginning of the studies

Orientation studies (2 ECTS credits)  are part of the obligatory studies of the Bachelor’s Degree. The purpose of the orientation is to familiarize new students with the academy and university and give the basic knowledge about studies. The orientation studies begin in the first week of studies, and continue later in the autumn term.

Visit at the Study Office

Friday 16 August 2019:

All new students are invited to visit the Study Affairs Office of the Academy of Fine Arts on Friday 16 August 2018. The Office is open at 10-12 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. (visit takes about 5 minutes + queuing). Place: Study Affairs Office, 5th Floor, Elimäenkatu 25 A, Helsinki.

There might be a queue to the study office so the visit can take some time. You will need your ID card and one passport size photo for the internal student list of the academy.

 You can ask us to sign and stamp your student discount applications. At the study office, you will also get a temporary study certificate that you can use, for instance, when you are applying an apartment or to show in student restaurants (for getting student-priced meals) before you order and get your actual student card. After the visit to the study office, you can receive the electronic key at the Info Desk, 1st Floor.

Orientation studies and student tutoring

Orientation studies start on Monday 19 August 2018 at 9.00 a.m.(Academy of Fine Arts, Elimäenkatu 25 A, Helsinki). The orientation studies will continue later in the autumn. In the first week begins also the Introduction course (“Mylly”) that takes the whole autumn term. The primary subject area is going to be chosen in December, and transition to the subject areas will occur in January 2020.

The orientation studies are organized in Finnish and in English. The programme for English-speaking degree students is below:

Monday 19 August

9.00 - 10.30        Welcome to study at the Academy of Fine Arts (Dean and Vice-Dean) and Teachers' introduction
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)

10.30 - 10.45      BREAK

10.45 - 11.45      IT-info
Venue: IT classroom (3rd floor)

11.45 - 12.15      Study Guide, WebOodi course registration, Scheduling Tool
Venue: IT classroom (3rd floor)

12.15 - 13.00      LUNCH BREAK

13.00 - 13.30      Study Services' introduction, studying at the Academy of Fine Arts
 Venue: Degree students in Site and Situation (3rd floor) / Exchange students in Meeting room Mäkilä (3rd floor)

13.30 - 13.45      Uniarts Student Union (ArtSU) Introduction
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)

13.45 - 14.00      Key info and facilities
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)              

14.00 - 14.15      Language studies for international students
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)

14.15 -               Tutors' plans
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)


Tuesday 20 August                   

9.15 - 9.45           Exhibition practices
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)

9.45 - 10.00        Open campus
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)

10.00 - 10.30      Library services
Venue: Library (2nd floor)

10.30 - 10.45      BREAK

10.45 - 12.00   Students' wellbeing
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)

12.00 - 13.00      LUNCH

13.00 - 13.30      Technical support, facilities
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)

13.30 - 13.45      Communications & Artsi
Venue: Site and Situation (3rd floor)

13.45                Tutors as they wish


Wednesday 21 August

10.00 - 12.00   Autumn term programme, “Mylly” starts
Venue: meeting room Luostarinen (5th floor)

12.00 - 13.00   Lunch

13.00 - 16.00   Mylly continues
Venue: Mylly space, 5th floor


Thursday 22 August

10.00 - 16.00     Introduction to independent artistic activities and the subject areas (Mylly) continues.


Friday 23 August

11.00 - 17.30      Uniarts Freshman Day
 Venue: Around town. Begins at Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36.
Please find the detailed programme here.


Student tutors

The student tutors support the new students in the beginning of the studies. They will help the new students to integrate to the Academy and to the Uniarts and familiarize them with the studies and student life. The student tutors will organize fun events in the beginning of the studies.

More about the tutors and student life: New Student’s Guide by the Student Union