At the University of the Arts Helsinki, it is possible to complete a doctoral degree in fine arts, theatre and dance, or music. Doctoral study is typically an original combination of artistic and theoretical approaches.
News from the doctoral programmes
At the University of the Arts Helsinki, it is possible to complete a doctoral degree in fine arts, theatre and dance, or music. Doctoral students are welcome to attend courses at all three academies.
Doctoral study is typically an original combination of artistic and theoretical approaches, and it engages in a dialogue that contributes art and research with new questions, methods, theories, and perceptions of reality.
Academy of Fine Arts
At the Academy of Fine Arts, doctoral study concentrates on practice-based research in the fine arts. The objective of doctoral study is to provide students with in-depth expertise in research in the fine arts and the arts’ significance for society. The goal is for the student to attain the abilities needed in order to complete works of art that reflect artistic maturity and to be able not only to work independently in the field in question but also to apply the methods of artistic research when developing the field.
At the Sibelius Academy, doctoral students work towards creative and analytical expertise in art, research, development, and education. In addition to expertise in their fields, doctoral graduates from Sibelius Academy are committed to work for an ethically sustainable future. Doctoral study at Sibelius Academy is based on interaction between art, research, and pedagogy, and it can be undertaken in one of the three specialisations. Students can, according to their background and interests, choose between the Arts, Research, and Applied Study Programmes.
The doctoral study programme at the Theatre Academy focuses on artistic research in the performing arts that is multidisciplinary, artistic, artist-based, and rooted in art pedagogy. It involves artistic processes and results and their conceptualisations and theorisations. The Theatre Academy’s doctoral graduates are practitioners and researchers committed to the development and renewal of arts and practice, research, and teaching. As experts in their fields, they create information and insights based on art-related practices that can also be applied outside of the arts.
Doctoral schools and programmes
Doctoral education at the University of the Arts Helsinki takes place in four doctoral schools and programmes:
- Academy of Fine Arts Doctoral Programme
- Doctoral Studies in Artistic Research of Performing Arts (Theatre Academy)
- Sibelius Academy’s DocMus Doctoral School of Classical Music
- Sibelius Academy’s MuTri Doctoral School of Music Education, Jazz, and Folk Music
In addition, the university is involved in two networks that provide doctoral education:
Heads of Doctoral Schools
Professor Vesa Kurkela (Sibelius Academy MuTri Doctoral School)
Lecturer Päivi Järviö (Sibelius Academy DocMus Doctoral School)
Professor Leena Rouhiainen (Doctoral Studies in Artistic Research of Performing Arts)
Professor Esa Kirkkopelto (Doctoral Programme in Artistic Research TahTO)
Professor Mika Elo (Academy of Fine Arts Doctoral Programme)
Shared Doctoral School and Research Services
Academy-Specific Doctoral School and Research Services
Research Coordinator Annika Fredriksson (Theatre Academy)
Academic Affairs Coordinator Elina Raitasalo (Theatre Academy)
Senior Advisor Riitta Pasanen-Willberg (Theatre Academy)
Academic Affairs Coordinator Laura Viertola (Theatre Academy)