Applying as a doctoral student in Sibelius Academy – Arts Study Programme

Doctoral students into the DocMus Arts Study Programme are accepted on the basis of (1) an approved artistic proficiency test, (2) application documents, (3) an interview, and (4) a writing test. For those applicants whose mother tongue is not Finnish, Swedish, or English, the writing test will simultaneously serve as a language test. Applicants in conducting or choir conducting are additionally required to attach a DVD recording to the application (see below for more information on submitting the video).

Applicants are requested to submit the application documents to the Sibelius Academy no later than 23.59 Finnish time on 31 January 2019.

 

Application documents – Arts Study Programme

All applications must include the following documents:

- A free-form application for the right to study and registration for the proficiency test. Applications to the doctoral schools must be directed to the Academic Council.
- A plan for the artistic demonstration of proficiency (concert and thesis plan, including the topic, goals, and research problem); the extent of studies is 165 ECTS credits (see the instructions). The degree includes five concerts by the student (or an equivalent artistic programme), a thesis, and supportive courses.
- A general description of the content (subjects) and the extent and schedule of the doctoral studies. The content of the studies should be suitable for and supportive of the set of topics included in the artistic project. A doctoral degree in the Arts Study Programme includes a minimum of 75 ECTS credits’ worth of supportive studies, of which at least 24 ECTS credits must be earned from comprehensive studies, which prepare the candidate for the artistic components. In addition, a minimum of 15 ECTS credits must be earned from studies in the philosophy of arts and science. In the Arts Study Programme, the supportive studies are courses in the arts or research or other higher education courses appropriate for the doctoral programme. Their extent and topics must be mentioned in the doctoral study plan.
- A programme for the proficiency test. The programme must be related to the theme of the degree concert programme and as varied as possible. Programme duration is max. 15 minutes.
- An essay written according to DocMus instructions (see Essay instructions). (Only DocMus-applicants!)
- Personal details and contact information.
- A curriculum vitae.
- A description of earlier degrees and studies and other matters that the applicant considers relevant to his/her eligibility for the doctoral programme.

As part of the application documents, conductors and choir conductors will submit to the platform used by Uniarts Helsinki a technically and artistically high-quality DVD recording that predates the proficiency test by 2 years at the most. The recording will be used to assess the applicant’s chances of passing the proficiency test. The recording, on which the applicant conducts compositions planned for the proficiency test programme, should be recorded with a professional- or professional-student-level orchestra/choir. The duration of the recording is max. 30 minutes. It should include 2–3 sections, in which the applicant both rehearses and conducts, and it should be filmed from the point of view of the orchestra/choir so that the conductor/choir conductor is seen from the front and musicians/singers are seen as well.

The contents of the doctoral study plan should be discussed with the relevant professor or supervisor.

Applicants can put forth their own suggestions regarding their preferred academic supervisors in the plan.

The doctoral study plan must show that the intended studies are in accordance with the objectives set out in the Decree on University Degrees (794/2004). 

Artistic proficiency test

Once the application period has closed and experts' statements have been received, the heads of the doctoral schools will decide which applicants shall be invited to take the proficiency test.

Applicants to the Arts Study Programme must complete the artistic proficiency test. Doctoral students cannot be accepted on the basis of recordings. Applicants from outside Europe can submit a DVD that predates the proficiency test by 2 years at the most to a platform to be announced later for a preliminary estimate of their chances of passing the proficiency test. The duration of the recording is max. 30 minutes, and the recording must feature a programme related to the planned doctoral project.

The artistic proficiency test for the DocMus Doctoral School will take place 2–3 April 2019. The interview and the writing test for those applicants who have passed the proficiency test will take place 4 April 2019. The schedules for the MuTri Doctoral School proficiency test will be announced later.

Interview and language test (as applicable)

Applicants who pass the proficiency test can be interviewed about matters that were not apparent from the application documents as well as about the aims of the applicant and his/her chances of completing the doctoral degree.

For those who have passed the artistic proficiency test and have been invited to the interview, a writing test can also be arranged, following the interview. The applicant will be asked to write a text of approximately 2 pages on a subject connected to the substance area of the doctoral plan. The subject will be given to the applicant after the interview. (Only DocMus-applicants!) In addition to determining the writing skills and the knowledge of the applicant on the given subject, the test will act as the language proficiency test for non-Finnish-speaking applicants.

Instructions for the doctoral degree study plan

The doctoral degree study plan must describe the applicant's goals for the doctoral degree. These may include artistic and professional aims as well as specific goals relating to content, musicianship, etc.

Applicants should consider how they will demonstrate artistic proficiency (for example, in concerts) in achieving their stated goals, how their artistry is likely to evolve over the course of the concert series, and what they have chosen as the common theme for the series. Applicants will also be expected to describe the concert programmes in general terms and address the role of each individual concert in the series. The applicant is responsible for organising the concerts (for example, hiring musicians or an orchestra or choir).

Also required is a brief plan (2–3 pages) for the thesis, which must describe the thesis’s role within the artistic studies element of the doctoral degree and in reaching the goals stated in the study plan. The applicants must also present a plan for the supportive courses necessary for the degree and a schedule for the studies.

Applicants to doctoral studies in folk music and music technology must also describe how their doctoral project combines artistic work and research and how the demonstration of artistic proficiency and the thesis together constitute an artist- and arts-oriented or art pedagogical research project.

Application documents / Composition                

All applications must include the following documents:

- A free-form application.
- A selection of scores (4–6 items) with recordings, if possible.
- A preliminary doctoral degree plan (4–6 pages in total) with separate, detailed sections that include the following items:
- A description of the compositional idea: What does the composition project consist of? What unifies the works into a whole?
- The thesis topic (it is recommended that the thesis connects to the composition project). The applicant is required to state how he/she thinks the thesis will support his or her artistic work and help in reaching his or her doctoral study goals.
- A concert plan with music composed for 2–3 concerts. At least one of the concerts must be a compositions concert that is open to the public. Some of the works mentioned in the concert plan may have been written prior to the approval of the doctoral degree plan if there is a valid reason to include them in the degree. The applicant is responsible for organising the concerts (for example, hiring musicians or an orchestra or choir).
- Curriculum vitae (music technology: also, a portfolio[PT3] ).
- An essay drawn up according to the instructions provided (see essay instructions).[PT4] [PT5] 

The proficiency test requires the aforementioned selection of musical scores (and music excerpts, if available) and a preliminary doctoral degree plan to be submitted to the board.

The application process may include an interview and language test.

For those who have passed the artistic proficiency test and have been invited to the interview, a writing test can be arranged, following the interview.

The applicant will be asked to write a text of approximately two pages on a subject connected to the substance area of the doctoral plan. The subject will be given to the applicant after the interview. In addition to determining the writing skills and the knowledge of the applicant on the given subject, the test will act as the language proficiency test for non-Finnish-speaking applicants.

 

Applicants are also advised to explore the following pages :

Doctoral projects by the current doctoral students at the DocMus Doctoral School

Doctoral projects by the current doctoral students at the MuTri Doctoral School

Theses by students who have completed their artistic doctoral studies in the in the Arts Study Programme

Examination concerts and public examinations of the doctoral degree on the event calendar of the Uniarts Helsinki webpages

 

Further information:
DocMus/Sirpa Järvelä, , +358 40 710 4286
MuTri/Hannu Tolvanen, , +358 50 5680 584