June 21, 2019

Professor of Time and Space Arts and two Professors of Artistic Research

University of the Arts Helsinki

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen.

Launched in January 2013, the University of the Arts Helsinki is the result of the merger of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy Helsinki. The total number of students is approximately 2,200.

The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki is an international academy that has trained visual artists since 1848. The study programmes include Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts, and the students are offered instruction in five subject areas: painting, sculpture, printmaking, time and space arts, and joint studies. Students can also complete a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in the Praxis Master’s programme. The Academy’s Doctoral Programme offers doctoral degrees in Fine Arts. In all, the Academy of Fine Arts has approximately 270 students, of which approximately 30 are undertaking doctoral studies.

Instruction at the Academy combines theory and practice to support the students’ artistic development. The programmes emphasise individual instruction, which allows the students to receive sustained personal guidance while working independently. The Academy of Fine Arts maintains a dynamic relationship with the world of fine arts as the Academy’s instructors pursue active artistic careers along with their teaching duties.

Learning at the Academy is centred around the students’ own artistic practice and providing support to it. Discussion is also an important part of learning at the Academy of Fine Arts, as it allows students to examine various processes and methods related to their work as well as different contexts of presentation and the relationship between the form and the contents of the artworks. By studying theoretical questions pertaining to fundamental topics in the fine arts and applying research-based working methods, the students learn to appreciate the connections between different forms of art as well as their traditions and history.

Since 1997, it has been possible to complete a postgraduate degree, Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA), at the Academy of Fine Arts. The doctoral studies provide the students with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct independent artistic research. Doctors graduating from the doctoral programme of the Academy of Fine Arts work as specialists in their own fields, carry out artistic activities, and produce new information, skills and understanding related to various artistic practices that find applications in the field of arts and other fields in society. The doctoral programme of the University of the Arts Helsinki promotes the artist-researchers’ ability to apply their expertise as artists, researchers, teachers and specialists.

​The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki invites applications for a professorship of Time and Space Arts, a professorship of Artistic Research, and a part-time (50%) professorship of Artistic Research. All professorships are to be filled for a fixed term of five years from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024. All applications must be received by Tuesday, August 6, at 3pm local Helsinki time (UTC +3).

See the calls for applications for all three professorships in full here.

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