Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy ranked among the top institutions in the QS World University Rankings for Music and Performing Arts

The top subject-specific rankings for the University of the Arts Helsinki include Sibelius Academy’s 12th place in the field of music and 13th place in performing arts. Additionally, the university ranked among the top 200 in the field of art and design.

Tuomas Tenkanen

The QS World University Rankings by Subject has evaluated Uniarts Helsinki for the first time in three different artistic fields: music, performing arts, and art and design.

“Our placement among the top schools in the world strengthens the appeal and competitiveness of Finnish art education. A strong reputation helps recruit international students and professionals as well as build strategic partnerships globally,” Uniarts Helsinki Rector Kaarlo Hildén says.

Sibelius Academy has previously ranked among the top institutions in the performing arts, reaching as high as sixth place in 2018. In 2024, music has been included in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for the first time ever. The category included 1,803 institutions from around the world, with only top 20 universities included in the inaugural table.

The Royal College of Music in London was ranked as the best music institution in the world, also receiving the top spot in the performing arts category. In the performing arts category, which included 2,009 institutions, with the top 120 being announced, Sibelius Academy rose to 13th place from its previous ranking of 25th.

In the field of art and design, which included 2,650 institutions, with the top 240 being announced, Uniarts Helsinki placed among the 151st-200th best institutions. The Royal College of Art in London was ranked as the world’s best institution for art and design.

The annual university rankings by QS Quacquarelli Symonds’ field-specific rankings are based on surveys conducted among university teachers and researchers as well as higher education institutions and employers. Institutions are not allowed to evaluate themselves in the survey.

In the arts, the QS assessments are compiled using evaluations made by academic experts and employers. The employer reputation indicator is based on employers’ opinions on which institutions produce the most sought-after students of their respective fields.

This year, 55 subjects were included in the QS rankings by subject.

Further information

Rankings in Music 2024

Rankings in Performing arts 2024

All rankings by subject 2024