Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts

Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts

General information

Schedule for the first academic year

Autumn 2021:
Start of the studies: Monday 23.8.2021
Uniarts Freshman day 27.8.2021
Autumn semester instruction: weeks 35-41 and 43-51
Week free from instruction: 42

Spring 2022:
Studies continue: week 2
Week free from instruction: 8
Spring semester instruction: weeks 2-7 and 9-18/24
No contact teaching: 14.-20.4.2022
Uniarts Freshman Day continues: 13.5.2022

Officially the academic year starts on 1st of August and ends on 31 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.

New students begin their studies at the beginning of the autumn term with the first orientation period between 23.-27.8.2021.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Contemporary art history and theory

Students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Contemporary art history and theory (in Finnish) will receive more information about their studies in August.

Degree Programme in Fine Arts

After the orientation, students of the Degree Programme in Fine Arts begin the Introduction to artistic activities module (“Mylly”) that spans the whole first autumn term. During this time the students will get familiarized with the different subject areas. Teaching starts already on the first week of studies. Daily teaching hours are usually from 9 am to 5 pm.

New students of the Degree Programme in Fine Arts will choose their subject areas at the end of autumn term and start their studies in their subject areas in the spring term. The subject area chosen by the student will assign to them a studio facility suited to their 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, and, if so desired, complete language and/or theoretical studies.

In individual studies for BFA students, the student must complete during their studies at least 20 credits of artistic studies provided by subject areas (sculpture, painting, printmaking, time and space arts or joint studies).

University degrees of the Academy of Fine Arts

The Degree Programme in Fine Arts has a two-tier degree system. The lower degree (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is completed first, 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 and the Bachelor’s programme in Contemporary art history and theory (in Finnish), which leads to a bachelor’s degree in arts.

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 curriculum of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Curriculum 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 curriculum of the Master of Fine Arts Degree.

Curriculum for the Master of Fine Arts degree (pdf)

Curriculum for PRAXIS Master's programme (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 curriculum of the Doctor of Fine Arts Degree.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Contemporary art history and theory (in Finnish)

The Bachelor’s Programme in Contemporary art history and theory leads to a bachelor’s degree in arts, which comprises 180 credits and is expected to be completed in 3 years. The studies are completed following the curriculum of the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

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 and the Bachelor’s programme in Contemporary art history and theory (in Finnish), which leads to a bachelor’s degree in arts.

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 supports 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