Apply to Academy of Fine Arts
University of the Arts Helsinki's Academy of Fine Arts is an international academy focusing on the fine arts. Integral to the studies are the students’ personal aspirations, the relationships developed between teachers and students, and individual guidance.
How to apply
Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki selects new students to 5,5-year studies leading to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees every spring and 2-year Master's studies every autumn.
Next application period to 5,5 -year Bachelor's and Master's studies will be on 9- 24 January 2018.
Application period to two year Master's studies in Fine Arts ended on 23 August 2017.
The Academy of Fine Arts does not have separate requirements for international applicants; all applicants follow the same guidelines which can be found in the admission guide. Please scroll down to find the admission guides.
From 1st August 2017 onwards, the University of the Arts Helsinki will charge tuition fees from non-EU and EEA students studying for a degree in a foreign language, at the Academy of Fine Arts this means studies conducted in English. The amount of the annual tuition fee will be 5,000 euros. The fee is the same for Bachelor’s and Master’s students. The University of the Arts Helsinki will introduce a scholarship programme in the form of tuition fee waivers, which aims to promote student recruitment and provide financial support for students who need it. More information on who is to pay a tuition fee can be found here.
Applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English by submitting relevant certificates at the application stage if they wish to pursue their studies in English. Please see the Admission guide for the language requirements.
Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts Degree (3,5 + 2 years)
Application period 9-24 January 2018
An applicant who demonstrates talent in fine arts and has an eligible educational background can be accepted to the Academy of Fine Arts to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and carry on to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The studies leading to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are organised in subject areas. The subject areas focus on specific disciplines of fine arts requiring artistic talent and expertise and seek to develop these further. The Academy’s subject areas are sculpture, painting, printmaking and time and space arts. First year students start their studies by an Introduction to independent artistic activities and the subject areas study module and choose their subject area after it.
The Admission guide is in pdf format. In case you need the guide in another file format, please contact the Admissions Office.
Master of Fine Arts Degree (2 years)
Next student admissions in August 2018.
New students are selected to two-year Master’s studies in a separate Master’s admission every autumn. The selected students will start their studies in January. Master’s studies are directed to applicants with an applicable lower university degree or other corresponding degree. Master’s studies are organised in the following subject areas: sculpture, painting, printmaking, and time and space arts.
Praxis – Master’s Programme in Exhibition Studies (2 years)
Next student admissions in August 2018.
The Praxis Master’s Programme (120cr) is intended for visual artists and students specialised in theory, whose interests lie in the theories, presentation methods and curating of contemporary art. The students who complete the programme will graduate with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Praxis admits new students every other year.
More information about applying to the doctoral studies can be found here.
About entrance examinations
The admission procedure for the 5,5 year programme is divided into two phases. In the first phase the admission jury chooses the applicants to be invited to the admission course, based on the work samples and the applications and their appendices submitted by the applicants. In the second phase, after the admission course, the admission jury selects the applicants proposed to be selected, based on the work samples and the work demonstrated by the student at the admission course.
The admission procedure of the 2 year programme is divided into two phases. In the first phase The admission jury chooses the applicants to be invited to the interview, based on the applications, portfolios and appendices submitted by the applicants. In the second phase, after the interviews, the admission jury selects the applicants it will propose to be selected, based on the interviews and possible supplementary demonstrations of work submitted.
Points are not issued for the work samples/portfolios, interviews or the work done during the admission course.
Academy of Fine Arts Admissions Services
Tel: +358 40 6614662
Academy of Fine Arts
Visiting address and address for the courier mail: Elimäenkatu 25 A, 00510 Helsinki