Doctorate On Campus

Fine Arts

University of the Arts Helsinki

48 months
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The University of the Arts Helsinki offers the Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts that emphasises high-quality artistic work and related research in the field of fine arts.


Doctoral studies provide students with the abilities and the opportunity to conduct independent and creative artistic research. Artistic research is a field of multidisciplinary research that focuses on the artist and art. 

They engage in a diverse and critical dialogue with the different actors in society. As experts in their field, they create art and produce information, knowledge, and insights based on art-related practices that can be applied in the arts and also in other sectors of society.


The Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki develops the artist-researchers’ ability to apply their skills as artists, researchers, teachers, and experts.

Graduates of our programme are artist-researchers who develop and renew arts, as well as the making, research and teaching of arts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theme seminars
  • Research seminar
  • Thesis circle
  • Methodical studies
  • Writing
  • Interfaces of artistic research
  • Conference presentation
  • Symposium
  • Publication
  • Research ethics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Studies begin in Autumn.


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants can be admitted to doctoral studies if they have completed:

  • an applicable higher university degree
  • an applicable higher degree at a polytechnic or university of applied sciences
  • an applicable degree outside of Finland permitting one to enrol in similar university studies in the country of the degree.

Tuition Fee

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There is no tuition fee in the doctoral programme.

Living costs for Helsinki

975 - 1584 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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