Apply to doctoral study at the Academy of Fine Arts 2019

The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki
Student admission to the Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 2019

The application period is 31 August – 12 October 2018

The Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts at The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki admits students through an open application procedure. A maximum of 5 new doctoral students will be admitted to commence studies in the autumn term of 2019 to complete a Doctor of Fine Arts degree (DFA). The scope of the degree is 240 ECTS credits. The application period starts on 31 August and ends on 12 October 2018.

Studies in the doctoral programme offer competence and an opportunity to carry out independent and creative artistic research. Artistic research is multidisciplinary artist- and art-based research. Graduates from the Academy of Fine Arts' doctoral programme are artist-researchers in fine arts. Artist-researchers develop and renew the arts: their creation, research, and teaching. They engage in a multidisciplinary and critical dialogue with various actors in the society. As specialists in their fields, they create art and produce information, knowledge, and insights based on art-related practices that can be applied in the arts but also in other areas of the society. Doctoral training at the University of the Arts Helsinki develops the artist-researchers’ ability to apply their skills as artists, researchers, pedagogues, and specialists in their field.

A dissertation for the Doctor of Fine Arts degree can consist of exhibitions, exhibition curations, individual works of art, artistic processes or experimental projects and their articulation, conceptualisation, and theorisation. A dissertation usually includes one or more artistic elements and a written section. Electronic documentation of the dissertation is also required. The artistic elements are products of artistic research that will be published. The written section, parallel to the artistic elements, motivates the implementation and objectives of the research in relation to other research and practices in the field. In special cases the dissertation may comprise written research activities only.

Doctoral students are required to proactively apply to appropriate parties for dissertation funding.

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Eligibility

Applicants can be admitted to doctoral studies if they have completed:

  • an applicable higher university degree
  • an applicable higher degree at a polytechnic or university of applied sciences
  • an applicable degree outside of Finland permitting one to enrol in similar university studies in the country of the degree.

An applicant who is deemed by the University to have sufficient information and knowledge required for the studies can also be admitted as a doctoral student. The University can oblige the admitted doctoral student to undertake necessary courses to attain the skills required in the doctoral education (Universities Act 24 July 2009, 558/2009, section 37).

Language skills

In order to be admitted to the Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts, the applicant must have sufficient language skills in Finnish, Swedish or English. The applicant must demonstrate the language skills with prior studies or a language certificate.

The applicant does not need to demonstrate the language proficiency in case:

  • The applicant has obtained the general education or completed a university degree in Finnish or Swedish.
  • The applicant has obtained the general education or completed a university degree in English in an EU or EEA country, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand. The language of the degree must be mentioned in the degree certificate or its attachment, the transcript of study records, or some other official document issued by the institution in question.

If the applicant does not meet these requirements, the language skills can be demonstrated by a certificate of a completed language test.

A National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish or Swedish that is completed at intermediate B2 level can be accredited as proof of language proficiency if the applicant achieved level 4 on at least two of the subtests. One of the subtests must be writing.

The recognised English language tests and their minimum score requirements:

  • TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test)
    • Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT)
  • IELTS (Academic)
    • Overall Band Score: 6.5
  • Cambridge CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
    • Grades accepted: A, B, C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic)
    • Total Score: 59

Selection criteria

The key selection criteria in the selection of applicants for doctoral studies are:

  • the artistic and research-oriented importance relevance and feasibility of the applicant’s research plan
  • artistic and research merits and the professional experience within fine arts
  • abilities for independent research
  • the applicant’s commitment to persevering in the studies at the doctoral level and dedication to the completion of the doctoral studies in accordance with the degree requirements
  • the connection of the research plan to the disciplines and research profile of the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki

 

APPLYING

The application period starts on 31 August 2018. The online application complying with the application instructions must arrive at the Academy of Fine Arts by the deadline of 12 October 2018 at 4.00 p.m. (Finnish time). The application shall be submitted through the Studyinfo.fi portal and the Embark platform. The application must include an online application form and appendices in an electronic format. The application can be submitted in Finnish, Swedish, or English. Note. Applications or parts of an application that are sent by post, couriered, or submitted in person or sent per email will not be accepted.

The application must include the following attachments:

  • Online application
  • Research plan
    • The research plan must not exceed 3.000 words. Only research plans complying with the instructions will be considered. The plan must include a comprehensive description of the research idea, the artistic elements of the doctoral research project and its planned schedule. A preliminary list of references for the research must also be appended, as well as a preliminary study plan and a preliminary funding plan. The research plan of the applicant may be checked for plagiarism on the Turnitin plagiarism-detection service.
  • Abstract of the research plan (a maximum of 400 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
    • The CV (a selection, a maximum of 2 pages A4 in pdf-format) must include personal data, prior education, artistic experience, publications and other merits that the applicant deems profitable for doctoral study. Scanned copies of degree certificates and the language proficiency certificates when applicable must be appended to the application. If the degree is completed outside of Finland, a clarification of the educational system in the country in question and the level of completed education in this system is required in Finnish, Swedish, or English as an appendix.
  • Portfolio of artistic research
    • The portfolio shall present the central starting points for the applicant’s research activites in a structured way and include references to all work samples included in the application. The portfolio is submitted in pdf format in the Embark platform and the work samples it includes can be uploaded on platform if necessary. Only the material uploaded on the Embark platform will be considered. Any links pointing to external websites in the portfolio will not be dealt with.

1. Complete and submit an online application in the Studyinfo portal

After having submitted your application you will receive a confirmation email for your application. The email will include your application number, which you will need for submitting your appendices.

STUDYINFO.FI PORTAL

2. When you have completed and submitted your application at the Studyinfo website, you shall submit your appendices via the Embark platform.

The appendices are submitted in digital form.

Start by registering and creating an account in the Embark platform. Then fill in your Applicant information including your application number from Studyinfo. Next, state your Application information; i.e. to which of the three academies of the University of the Arts Helsinki you are applying. Finally, upload all necessary appendices for your application in an electronic format submit them for evaluation. Upload and submit the materials in good time before the deadline so that you have enough time receive user support in case you experience technical problems with the Embark platform.

EMBARK PLATFORM 

Embark platform manual 

If you cannot find answers from the manual pages, you can also send email to or click "Contact Us" found in the bottom of each page. The Embark customer service responds to support requests quickly (usually within 24 hrs) which is the fastest way to look for help in technical problems. The service provider is situated on the east coast in the United States, so consider the time difference. The support operates in English.

 

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

31 August 2018

The application period starts

12 October 2018 at 4.00 p.m.  (Finnish time)

The application period ends: application deadline

November 2018

1. stage: The assessment board chooses the applicants to be interviewed on the basis of their applications

18 –19 November 2018

2. stage: Applicants accepted to the second round are interviewed

November – December

The assessment board decides whom to invite to the third round, and the invitations are sent to the applicants

 

3. stage: The research plans of the applicants invited to the third round are further developed

31 January 2019

The applicants submit their upgraded research plans

February 2019

The assessment board chooses the applicants to be presented for the Doctoral education and research division of the Academic Council of the Academy of Fine Arts

March 2019

Doctoral education and research division of the Academic Council makes the final proposal on the admissions to the Dean

March 2019

The Dean approves the decisions on the new doctoral students to be admitted in The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki

1 April 2019

Admission results are published

 

The admissions are the responsibility of the Doctoral education and research division of the Academic Council of the Academy of Fine Arts and the assessment board, which consist of Academy of Fine Arts professors and researchers. The assessment board can include members from outside the academy.

The admissions procedure has three stages. In the first stage, the assessment board chooses the applicants to be interviewed on the basis of their applications.  

During the interviews (second stage), the selected applicants have a possibility to expand upon their plans for artistic research and their artistic work.

In the third stage, the selected applicants are required to elaborate on, and further develop, their research plans. After the third stage, the assessment board chooses the applicants to be presented to the Doctoral education and research division of the Academic Council of the Academy of Fine Arts.

The Doctoral education and research division of the Academic Council of the Academy of Fine Arts makes the final proposal on the admissions to the Academy of Fine Arts dean, who admits new students to the Academy of Fine Arts.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS

The admissions results will be published on the University of the Arts Helsinki’s website on Monday, 1 April 2019 for the applicants who have given their consent on the application form for publishing their names. Successful candidates will receive an email from the Academy of Fine Arts after the publication of the results.

 

APPEAL REQUEST

An applicant who is dissatisfied with the admissions decision by the Dean is entitled to submit a written request to review the application within 14 days of the announcement of the decision. The appeal request must be submitted in writing to the University of the Arts Helsinki’s registry.

How to submit an appeal request and what to include

The appeal request must reach the registry office within 14 days after the publication of the admissions decision. Requests for appeals are sent at the sender’s own risk. If you submit the appeal request by email, write the name of the appropriate academy on the subject line. The name and contact details of the appellant and statement, as well as the grounds for the request, must be included.

University of the Arts Helsinki Registry
P.O. Box 38 / Töölönlahdenkatu 16 C
FI-00097 University of the Arts Helsinki
Finland 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts, at The Academy of Fine Arts,  of the University of the Arts Helsinki (weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. /Finnish time).

Research Coordinator Michaela Bränn, email