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Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Doctoral Programme

The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts provides the highest university-level education in Finland, a lively exhibition and project programme showing student work, and is a pioneer in artistic research. It is an active member of the international community of academic education in the arts, offering three degree programmes: Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor's Degree in Fine Arts.

Postgraduate studies in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts are based on artistic research where high-quality artistic work intertwines with theoretical research. Postgraduate students are experts in their own field, visual artists who apply research methods to their work. They are aware of their own method of expression and have an urge to study and develop the working methods and strategies related to artistic practice. The primary results of artistic research are artistic productions presented publicly. In addition, postgraduate students produce information about their own art works, the process of making and presenting them.

The aim of the postgraduate studies in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts 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 Academy admits 2-4 new students to its 2008 programme leading to a Doctorate in Fine Arts. Students admitted to the Postgraduate Studies Programme leading to a Doctorate in Fine Arts are required to complete the postgraduate studies and successfully defend their dissertation in public. The studies are made up of 240 credit points.

Application guidelines are available at www.kuva.fi. The application period runs from 1 January to 29 February 2008, applications should be returned by 3:45 pm on Friday 29 February 2008 to: Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Kasarmikatu 36, 00130 Helsinki, Finland. The admission results will be announced on 30 May 2008. The studies will commence in autumn 2008.

For further information please contact Ms Anna Herlin, Acting Planning Officer, tel.: +358 9 680 33 234, email: anna.herlin@kuva.fi, www.kuva.fi.