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Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Doctorate

The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts admits new students to postgraduate studies starting in September 2010 and leading to a Doctorate in Fine Arts. Application period is 1 December 2009 to 1 March 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).

Application form and instructions for applying can be obtained from the Academy's website www.kuva.fi/portal/english/applying/doctoral_studies_2010

Contact: Henri Wegelius, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Kaikukatu 4, 00530 Helsinki, Finland; tel. +358 9 680 33 234; e-mail: henri.wegelius@kuva.fi