University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts, Finland

General Info

The Academy of Fine Arts is an academy that concentrates on education in the contemporary arts. The students graduate with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctorate degree in Fine Arts. 
For 160 years, the Academy of Fine Arts has offered the highest level of education in the fine arts in Finland. The Academy of Fine Arts is part of the University of the Arts Helsinki; the operation of the University of the Arts began with the merger of the Academy of Fine Arts, the Theatre Academy Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy on the 1st of January 2013.

Academy’s curriculum, which emphasises individuality, and its small number of students (ca 270) offer the students a unique opportunity to get long-span personal study guidance and a chance for independent work during their studies. The teachers of the Academy are active artists, who carry out their artistic work alongside their teaching and thus maintain a living contact with the field of fine arts.

Specialized Areas

Studies leading to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are provided by the study programmes in sculpture, painting, printmaking and time and space arts (moving image, photography, and site and situation specific arts).

Number of Students


Coordinator Address
Ulla Tissari
Academy of Fine Arts
University of the Arts Helsinki
Elimäenkatu 25 A
00510 Helsinki, Finland

Coordinator Email

Application deadlines

30 April (autumn term and the whole academic year)
31 October (spring term)

Semester dates

Autumn term: 1 September – 18 December
Spring term: 7 January – 31 May

Student exchange information


Teaching languages

Teaching languages are Finnish, English and Swedish. There are no separate study programmes in English, but about 15% of the students are international, therefore there is a vaste selection of courses, seminars and lectures available in English.


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