Photo: Henriikka Koskenniemi

My alphabet of arts management


Art. The basis of everything.

Business. To me personally studying arts management has strengthen the thinking of arts being business as well and not depending only on grants.

Coffee. This was very necessary during the early morning sessions and luckily there was a cafeteria a couple of floors down where our lectures were held.

Deadline. There were many of these and they were good – otherwise I nothing gets done!

English. The main language of the sudies. Don’t be afraid of it as it comes quite naturally when you get started.

Fundraising. One of the most interesting themes that I stumbled upon when studying as this has not been done in Finland that much and we had to depend on examples from abroad.

Graduation. The final step. Seems like a long way but when one remembers to follow the personal study plan, this day will come sooner than expected.

Homework. There was even more reading and writing to do at home than I thought.

Inspiration. I have to say that studying arts management has been a very inspirational experience for me.

Jazz. My favourite kind of music. Not really related to arts management, haha.

Kallio-Kuninkala. An old house that Sibelius Academy owns in Tuusula. We had many fun moments there when getting to know each other and the subject we are studying and it was also the place where intensive masters thesis sessions were organized.

Leadership and management. The studies also introduce many theories and point of views concerning both of these.

Mobility studies. There are certain courses that are open to everyone who studies at the University of the Arts but a separate application must be submitted in order to attend.

Networks. The programme gives good networks and many good contacts, which I have used many times during my studies and also work-related matters.

Optional studies. Besides the main subject studies there are also optional courses that a student can choose from.

Powerpoint. This is going to be useful in almost every course as there are a lot of presentations to do. A lot.

Questioning. I believe that studying at a university will teach everyone to question – theories, opinions, ways to do things and ways to work, for example. And that is the best part of it!

Research. It all aims to finishing the masters thesis so many lectures about how to proceed with the research are in place.

Student benefits. There are many such as cheap food, cheaper healthcare and free access to all The University of the Arts organized events and concerts.

Theatre Academy. One of the three academies that make the university of the arts.

University of the Arts. Sibelius Academy, Academy of Fine Arts and Theatre Academy combined.

Visiting lecturers. The programme often invites great visiting lecturers to share their expertise

Work experience. This is one of the things that qualifies a person to apply to the programme.  It is also useful to have experience from the field so that the studied theories make more sense.

Xerox. A useful friend. I did not have an iPad, which I could have used to read all the necessary articles.

Youth. Youth is a virtue but if I would have applied to study arts management earlier I would have been too young with too little work experience. Later was better in my case.

Zzz. It’s important to sleep in order to have enough energy to study.