Academy Of Fine Arts Helsinki, Finland

Academy of Fine Arts provides the highest university-level theoretical and practical training in Finland in fine arts. It seeks to promote research in the fine arts and to act as a member of the international community of academic education in arts. The purpose of the Academy is to provide broad professional artistic training whilst taking into account new developments in contemporary art.

The Academy was founded in 1848 by a private foundation. From the beginning of year 1993 the status of the Academy has been raised to university level. 3,5 years of complete studies lead to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Master’s degree takes two years longer to complete .

During the academic year 2006-2007 the number of students is about 260. Full-time teachers are all practising artists of repute, about 50 teachers and lecturers are working on hourly basis. In addition the Academy invites tens of visiting lecturers and welcomes annually several foreign artists from all over the world to meet students.



Kasarmikatu 36
Phone: + 358 9 680 33 20
Fax: + 358 9 680 33 260

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Location and Getting there

Kasarmikatu 36, 00130 Helsinki, Finland
tel. + 358 9 680 33 20
fax + 358 9 680 33 260

Department and information about the department

Department of Painting: Drawing, Painting, Life studio.

Head of Department, professor Marianna Uutinen

Professor Tarja Pitkänen-Walter

Lecturers: Jukka Korkeila and Jussi Niva

Department of Sculpture: Sculpture, (Life studio etc.) Ceramics, Metal- Stone-, and Woodworks, Concrete, Plastics , Foundry, Landart, Environmental art and other site specific projects

Head of Department, professor Jyrki Siukonen

Lecturer Pertti Kukkonen

Department of Printmaking: Etching, Stone- and Offsetlithography, Silk-screen and Block printing together with related Photographic processes.

Head of Department, professor Antti Tanttu

Lecturer Maija Albercht

Department of Time and Space: Program for time and space arts (fine art media) including audiovisual arts: photography, moving image and site-specific arts.

Head of Department, professor Seppo Salminen

Professor Mika Hannula

Lecturer in photography Pertti Kekarainen

Lecturer in moving image Harri Larjosto

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Information For  Undergraduates

Fields of study and programs available
There are four degree programs: Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Time and Space Arts . Completing the BFA-degree takes 3,5 years (140 credit units, 210 ECTS-points) and MFA-degree takes about 5,5 years (180 credit units, 210+120 ECTS-points). Students are accepted for the MFA-degree.  

Information For  Postgraduates

Postgraduate studies leading to a Doctorate in Fine Arts have been available at the Academy since 1997.  

Information For  International Students

The Academy has not special admission process for international students. The language of all degree programs is Finnish but the departments provide different courses also in English.  

How To Apply

1.Regular admission (BFA+MFA 5,5 years)
A person who has shown artistic talent in examples of previously done artistic works and in admission course may be admitted as a student to the Academy. The Baccalaureat or an equivalent degree is required. There is a certain national reglementation of a students qualifications for university-level studies but the Academy can make exceptions concerning the basic studies. Foreign applicant is expected the ability to speak English or Swedish. Foreign applicants are kindly asked to notice that so far the teaching in theoretical studies is given mainly in Finnish language.

The application and the admission course take place in spring (April-June). All applicants wishing to graduate at the Academy have to participate in these examinations.

2. MFA -program (2 years)

The Academyof Fine Arts admits to its MFA -degree programme students, who in addition to formal qualifications, also have an interesting artistic project to serve as a core of their studies and who can make a full commitment to instruction provided in the Academy.  

Visit us (open days)

Kasarmikatu 36, FIN-00130 HELSINKI
TEL. - 358-9-680 33 20 or 680 33 210
FAX - 358-9-680 33 260

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

Study Prospectus for academic years 2005-2007: Study Prospectus 05-07 .pdf (266 kb: