University of the Arts Helsinki

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The University of the Arts Helsinki (Finnish: Taideyliopisto, Swedish: Konstuniversitetet) is a Finnish arts university that was launched in the beginning of 2013. Apart from a few exceptions, it is the only university in Finland that provides education in the fields it represents.

The University of the Arts Helsinki is mainly located in Helsinki, but it also has operations in Kuopio (department of church music) and Seinäjoki at the University Consortium of Seinäjoki (department of popular and folk music).

The university comprises three academies that were formerly independent universities: The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki (until 2013 Finnish Academy of Fine Arts), the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (until 2013 Sibelius Academy) and the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (until 2013 Theatre Academy Helsinki). The total number of students is 1785 (as of 2015).

According to the university, the goal of the merger is to strengthen the education, research and artistic activity within the field of arts in the university sector on a national and international scale. Another objective is to provide more opportunities to have an impact on society through art.

The rector of the University of the Arts Helsinki Jari Perkiömäki. Paula Tuovinen is the vice-rector of the university and Karri Kaitue is the chair of the university board.

Admissions

We offer over 30 degree programmes in the fields of music, fine arts, theatre and dance. The programmes lead to a Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral degree. The University of the Arts Helsinki accepts applications once a year, and the next application period begins in January 2017.

More information and instructions on applying can be found from the The University of the Arts Helsinki’s website.

Education and Research

The university provides the highest level of education in the arts in Finland, also engaging in artistic activities and research. In addition to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies, the university offers open and continuing education services. University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy also offers junior academy studies.

Degrees

At the University, students can complete Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees in the fields of fine arts, music, theatre and dance.