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10 Dec 2009

Finnish Academy of Fine Arts: Call for Applications

Jan-Erik Andersson. Life on a Leaf - Iconic Space.
My house as an architectural artwork.
Part of doctoral study, 2008.

Call for Applications:
Artistic Research


Application period:

+358 9 680 33 234
+ 358 9 680 33 260

Kaikukatu 4
00530 Helsinki

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The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts admits new students to postgraduate studies leading to a Doctorate in Fine Arts

Application period:
1 December 2009 to 1 March 2010.

For further information, please contact
Professor Jan Kaila, Head of Department, E-mail: firstname.lastname(a)

Henri Wegelius, Amanuensis, E-mail: firstname.lastname(a)
tel. +358 9 680 33 234 or +358 45 657 8656 (mobile)

Application form and instructions for applying can be obtained from the Academy's website, or from the Academy's information desk in Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki.

The admission results will be announced on 1 June 2010. The studies will commence in September 2010.

The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts has an internationally acclaimed Department of Postgraduate Studies, with pioneering work in artistic research and postgraduate studies. The degree of a Doctorate in Fine Arts was established in 1997. Postgraduate studies in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts are based on artistic research where high-quality artistic work intertwines with theoretical research. Doctoral students are experts in their own field, internationally renowned visual artists who apply research methods to their work.

The aim of the postgraduate studies is to give the students a profound understanding of their own field and the ability to produce high-quality artistic work that demonstrates their artistic maturity as well as to engage the students in independent, innovative artistic research in the field of their choice. The primary results of artistic research are artistic productions presented publicly. As another important result of their research, postgraduate students produce reflective and theoretical information about their own art works, the process of making and presenting them.

The students admitted to this programme, leading to a Doctorate in Fine Arts, are required to complete the postgraduate studies and successfully defend their dissertation in public. The extent of the degree is 240 credits (ECTS).

Further information on postgraduate research at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts can be found at and in a recent publication of the Department