December 23, 2008

Doctorate in Fine Arts at The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts

University of the Arts Helsinki
The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts admits new students to postgraduate studies leading to a Doctorate in Fine Arts

For further information please contact
Ms Anna Herlin, Acting Planning Officer
tel. +358 9 680 33 234 or +358 45 657 8656 (mobile)
E-mail: firstname.lastname(a)

Application form and instructions for applying can be obtained from the Academy’s website, or from the Academy’s information desk in Kaikukatu, Helsinki.

The admission results will be announced on 1 June 2009. The studies will commence in September 2009.

The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts has an internationally acclaimed Department of Postgraduate Studies, with pioneering work in artistic research and postgraduate studies. The degree of a Doctorate in Fine Arts was established in 1997.

Postgraduate studies in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts are based on artistic research where high-quality artistic work intertwines with theoretical research. Postgraduate students are experts in their own field, internationally renowned visual artists who apply research methods to their work.

The aim of the postgraduate 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 presented publicly. As another important result of their research, postgraduate students produce reflective and theoretical information about their own art works, the process of making and presenting them.

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).

The Department of Postgraduate Studies
Postgraduate Studies in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts are run by the Department of Postgraduate Studies, on which 26 doctoral students are enrolled in the fall 2008.

Head of Department: Professor, DFA Jan Kaila
Adjunct Professors: Artist Jan Svenungsson and artist, PhD Ray Langenbach
Postdoctoral Researcher: PhD Hanna Johansson
Senior Lecturer: Tuomas Nevanlinna
Assistant: Johanna Lecklin
Acting Planning Officer: Anna Herlin
([email protected])

Further information on postgraduate research at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts can be found at and in The Artist’s Knowledge 2, a recent publication of the Department.

The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts is Finland’s only fine arts university. It was established in 1848 and received the status of a university in 1998. The Academy provides the highest university-level education in Finland, a lively exhibition and project programme showing student work, and has been a pioneer in artistic research since the founding of its doctoral programme in 1997.

Image above:
Doctoral student Pertti Kekarainen: Tila (Passage 4), 2007.

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