Time and Space Arts

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 offers subject areas in sculpture, painting, printmaking and time and space arts. You will choose the subject area during the first year of study.

The Time and Space Arts subject area has three specialisations: Moving Image, Photography, or Site and Situation Specific Art.  


The instruction in the subject area of Time and Space Arts focuses on the spatial, conceptual and bodily dimensions of artistic activities. The starting point is that art is, by nature, processes and events. The Time and Space Arts have a tendency to reach outwards and they contain the element of constant exploration and experiments. The artistic work has strong connections to media and visual culture and to the extending field of the fine arts, in which the artist’s role can take many forms.


The student can place emphasis on one of the three specialisations of the subject area: Moving Image, Photography, or Site and Situation Specific Art. The objective of this subject area is to provide the students with a thorough understanding of these fields of art as well as provide insight to the manners in which they are interconnected and linked to the general history and theory of art. Instruction in the Time and Space Arts is composed of courses, workshops, seminars and independent artistic work supported and monitored during individual contact sessions of instruction. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, instruction is given by a num-ber of visiting artists.


Students are encouraged to find their own approach and to experiment with new methods of expression as well as to explore the possibilities that time, space and installations offer. The work can also have performative, inclusive and social elements. The final work of art can take the form of an intervention, installation, performance or a video, photography or audio work, among other possibilities. The objective of the work is to render the sensitivity of observation and develop critical thinking. Through practice and theory, students are encouraged to find their own strengths, methods and contents of their artistic work. This is a way to promote the students’ artistic work and thinking.

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

The studies leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (lower university degree) aim to provide the student with the artistic, cognitive and theoretical basic abilities and skills required from a visual artist. The degree consists of 210 ECTS credits and should be completed in 3.5 years. After completing their degree, the students have the resources they need to work as visual artists and to carry on to the studies leading to a Master’s degree and lifelong learning.

Master of Fine Arts degree

Master of Fine Arts degree

The Master of Fine Arts degree (higher university degree) aims to offer the students the resources to function as an independent and analytical artist in society and the world. The master’s degree consists of 120 ECTS credits and should be completed in 2 years. Masters of Fine Arts have a thorough command of the instruments of fine arts and an understanding of the current significance and history of those instruments. They are qualified to act as experts and developers of fine arts and are ready to continue to postgraduate education in art.

SAMA: Sound Art & Sonic Arts education

The education in sound art and sonic arts combines the knowledge of UniArts’ three academies: Sibelius Academy, the Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy Helsinki. SAMA is a University of the Arts pilot program to develop mobility and collaboration between the academies.



If you are interested in studying time and space arts, you can apply to the 5.5 year programme leading to Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree or to 2 year programme leading to Master of Fine Arts degree. Students in the 5.5 year programme will choose their subject area during the first year of study. In 2 year Master programme you will choose your study programme in connection with the admission process.

Applications to both admissions are accepted annually.

Teaching staff

The teaching staff of the Academy of Fine Arts is composed of distinguished artist-teachers who are actively involved in expert and reviewer responsibilities both in Finland and internationally. The instruction at the Academy is complemented by the expertise of its visiting professors, both Finnish and international. The visiting teaching staff hosts thematic workshops and special courses and their instruction offers the students opportunities for expanding their technical skills. Visiting teachers can also take on responsibilities of thesis supervisors, examiners and experts.


Tuition at the Academy of Fine Arts accentuates individual, one-to-one instruction that takes place in the student's studio and in the common studio and work facilities. In the student’s own subject area, each student is appointed a tutoring teacher, who keeps a close eye on the student.


Through their expertise and professional networks, the teaching staff is able to introduce the students to the field of fine arts in Finland and internationally and also offers an excellent professional basis for working as an artist.

Read Professor Ulrika Ferm's profile here

Read Professor Ulrika Ferm's profile here

Ulrika Ferm (b.1972 in Finland) is conceptual artist whose projects involve a lot of in-depth research and often are site-specific. The research often tackle historical and socio-political topics which create a solid conceptual underpinnings for her artworks. She mostly works in photography, installation and in collaborations often containing performance elements.


In 2009 she published the book Emergency Weather. Emergency Weather exemplifies a kind of multi-layered, process-oriented work-cycle and was developed on residencies and galleries in Dublin and Helsinki. A follow-up project – also related to weather – became an ongoing long-term project.


In addition to her artistic projects Ulrika Ferm belongs to an artist collective that runs a renowed project space and residency program called Platform in Vaasa which presents performance art and other site and situation specific disciplines. Apart from founding and working with Platform Ferm also has a broad curatorial and organizational work experience. Ulrika Ferm has already received considerable grants, prices and nominations. In 2002 she won the Young Finnish artist of the year award. Her works have been in exhibitions in Finland and internationally.


Ulrika Ferm lives and works between Finland and Berlin, Germany. She has an MA from PALLAS, University of Art and Design, Helsinki (1995–1998) and also graduated from Hochschule der Kunste (Prof. Katharina Sieverding), Berlin.

Read Professor Katja Eydel's profile here

Read Professor Katja Eydel's profile here

Katja Eydel (1969, Germany) is an artist primarily working with photography. In her works, she addresses social issues and the construction of identities. Besides her individual photographical practice, she has a background in collaborative projects and other media.

Eydel often approaches her areas of interests with the help of research, while she also believes in the strength of perception as a tool of cognition. These cornerstones of her work, along with her conceptual skills, also form the basis of her teaching programme.

Eydel’s previous positions include visiting teacher at the California College of the Arts in Los Angeles, professor of photography at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart, and research associate at ETH Zurich. Selected publications: Schattenfuge / Shadow Gap - Sternberg Press Berlin/NY, 2014 - Model ve Sembol. Die Erfindung der Türkei / The invention of Turkey - Katja Eydel, Sternberg Press Berlin/NY, 2006 - Teilt mit - Katja Eydel, Goldrausch IT Berlin, 2006 - Belgrad Interviews. Katja Diefenbach/Katja Eydel, b_books Berlin, 2000

Read Professor Salla Tykkä's profile here

Read Professor Salla Tykkä's profile here

Salla Tykkä (b. 1973) is a visual artist who uses film and photography in her works. Her films are often simplified scenes that delve into the structures of the human mind and society, as well as the interplay between them. The main motivation and the main themes discussed in Tykkä’s works are the need to change the world and our ways of looking at the world. Her thesis project at the Academy of Fine Arts, Lasso (2000), depicts a short moment of a character watching someone else, a traditionally constructed film scene which grows into an allegory of the private colliding with the public, the inner colliding with the outer world. These themes have been recurring in her body of works up until the present day. 


Tykkä has had many solo exhibitions in different museums and galleries, such as: Galerie Anhava (Helsinki, 2015), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle, 2013), Hayward Gallery: Project Space (London, 2010), Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, 2007). She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, including: Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, 2015), The Mystery of Tears (The Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, 2013), Nothing in the World But Youth (Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2011), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (Montréal, 2007). Her films are a frequent addition to film festivals.


In 2010 and 2011, Tykkä served as the Professor of Moving Image at the Academy of Fine Arts.


Email addresses: firstname.lastname (at) uniarts.fi

Emma Savolainen
+358 50 448 85 35

Professor (site and situation specific art)
Ulrika Ferm
+358 45 657 7936

Professor (photography)
Katja Eydel

Professor (moving image)
Salla Tykkä

Lecturer (moving image)
Sami van Ingen
+358 40 860 9525

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