University of the Arts Helsinki

University of the Arts Helsinki

University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) is ranked among the best performing arts schools in the world and offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. Studies within the university’s academies and joint studies provide students with tools and capabilities to work as art professionals. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Our wide selection of study programmes and productive dialogue between teaching and research make the university unique on an international scale.
  • We provide high-quality education that considers students’ individual needs, encouraging the student to hone their craft and to push boundaries.
  • We have excellent opportunities for our students to showcase their own art. Our facilities have gallery and exhibition spaces, concert halls and drama stages.

PhD Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)



The University of the Arts Helsinki formed when the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy merged in 2013. 


At Uniarts Helsinki you can study for a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree, or a Doctorate. We offer more than 30 degree programmes in music, fine arts, theatre, and dance, and welcome all international applicants to the programmes taught in English.


Research is one of the core activities at Uniarts Helsinki. It focuses on the arts and art pedagogy, and can be artistic or developmental. Uniarts Helsinki carries out internationally acclaimed academic and artistic research that has societal impact. The special nature of the research carried out at the university is based on direct and rich interaction between research and art. Uniarts Helsinki invests in research particularly within its three profile areas, which are music history, artistic research and arts education. 


Student services

Student services are located at each academy of Uniarts Helsinki and provide student counselling and answer questions regarding study attainments, personal study plans, and study-related benefits. Teachers are easily accessible and play a big part in giving students individual personal guidance and support throughout their studies.

Housing services

The Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS) has rental apartments all over the metropolitan area. In the autumn, thousands of students apply for rooms at HOAS. 

Library services

The University of the Arts library has four locations: the Academy of Fine Arts, the Theatre Academy, and the Sibelius Academy in both Helsinki and Kuopio.

The collections and services of the University of the Arts Helsinki’s libraries are available to all customers, including the general public.

Medical services

The Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS, in Finnish YTHS) provides health and medical care, mental health care and dental health care for university students who have a student union card.  There is plenty of information about health and diseases at the FSHS website.

Student Life

Campus life

University of the Arts Helsinki's main campuses are located in central Helsinki. The Finnish capital is a vibrant seaside city with a special mix of functional and exotic. Helsinki has all the services of a modern city and easy access to nature. The blooming food and urban culture scenes offer unique experiences, attracting locals and tourists alike. 

Sports facilities

All Uniarts Helsinki students can use the gym facilities at the university’s Theatre Academy. Unisport also offers a wide range of affordable sport services to all university students in the Helsinki region. More information on their services, courses and prices can be found on the university website.

Student clubs

University of the Arts Student Union is a student organisation that promotes the interest of its members. All present degree students of Uniarts Helsinki are automatically members of ArtSU and it is possible for exchange students and postgraduate students to join too.


ArtSU promotes the fellowship between members and fosters their social, intellectual and artistic aims, as well as the status of all students in society. ArtSU provides services and assistance, and also offers entertainment by organising parties and other activities. Find out more about department clubs through ArtSU.

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