January 5, 2012

Call for Applications: Doctoral Studies at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts

University of the Arts Helsinki

For further information, please contact
Professor Jan Kaila, Head of Doctoral Studies Programme
E-mail: firstname.lastname(a) 


Henri Wegelius, Amanuensis
T +358 9 680 33 234 or +358 45 657 8656 (mobile)
E-mail: firstname.lastname(a) 


An application form and instructions for applying can be obtained from the Academy’s website, or from the Academy’s information desk at Kaikukatu 4, 00530 Helsinki.


The admission results will be announced on 1 June 2012. The studies will commence in September 2012.


The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts has an internationally acclaimed Doctoral Studies Programme, with pioneering work in artistic research. The degree of a Doctorate in Fine Arts was established in 1997. Doctoral studies in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts are based on artistic research where high-quality artistic work intertwines with theoretical research. Doctoral students are experts in their own field, internationally renowned visual artists who apply research methods to their work. 


The aim of the doctoral studies is to give the students a profound understanding of their own field and the ability to produce high-quality artistic work that demonstrates their artistic maturity as well as to engage the students in independent, innovative artistic research in the field of their choice. The primary results of artistic research are artistic productions and reflective and theoretical knowledge presented publicly.


The students admitted to this programme, leading to a Doctorate in Fine Arts, are required to complete the postgraduate studies and successfully defend their dissertation in public. The extent of the degree is 240 credits (ECTS).


There are no tuition fees but the students must be prepared to cover his/her expenses during the study period. Please note that the Academy can’t provide funding for your studies but we can assist in applying for it.


Further information on doctoral studies at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts can be found at and in The Artist’s Knowledge 2, a  publication of the Doctoral Studies Programme.


Teaching staff
Head of the Programme: Professor in Artistic Research Jan Kaila, DFA
Henk Slager, PhD, Visiting professor in Theory and Artistic Research
Hito Steyerl, PhD, Visiting professor in Artistic Research 


Philosopher Tuomas Nevanlinna
Anita Seppä, PhD
Hanna Johansson, PhD 


Among others the following people have taught at the Doctoral Studies Programme of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts:
John Aiken (UK), Manal Al-Dowayan, (Saudi-Arabia),Viktor Alimpiev (Russia), Tiong Ang (Netherlands), Rasheed Araeen (UK), Roy Ascott (UK), Vahap Avsar, (Turkey/USA), Mieke Bal (Netherlands), Anke Bangma, (The Netherlands), Barbara Bolt, (Australia), Kate Bush (UK), Magnus Bärtås, (Sweden), Daniel de Chenu (Ireland), Maeve Connolly (Ireland), Tony Conrad (USA), Tacita Dean (UK), Shawn Decker (USA), Ekaterina Degot (Russia), Florian Dombois (Germany), Kathryn Findlay (UK), Catharina Gabrielsson (Sweden), Gerrit Gohlke (Germany), Dan Graham (USA), Boris Groys (Russia), Annika von Haussvolff (Sweden), Hannah Higgins (USA), Philip Hoffman (Canada), Timothy Emlyn Jones (Ireland), Tom Nicholson (Australia), Friedl Kubelka (Austria), Peter Kubelka (Austria), Ray Langenbach (USA/Malaysia), Mats Leidestam (Sweden), Peeter Linnap (Estonia), Ronan MaCCrea (Ireland), Katrin von Maltzahn (Germany), Jenine Marchessault (Canada), Laura Marks (Canada), Robin Minard (Germany), Viktor Misiano (Russia), Roger Palmer (UK), Anrey Parshikov, (Russia), Adrian Piper (USA), Dominic Redfern (Australia), Denise Robinson (UK), Freddie Rokem, (Israel), Gertrud Sanqvist (Sweden), Jan Svenungsson (Sweden), Wolfgang Tillmans (UK /Germany), Jalal Toufic, (Libanon), Sven-Olof Wallenstein (Sweden), Thomas Weski (Germany), Mick Wilson (Ireland). 



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