Research Policy & Strategy
UNIARTS Helsinki is comprised of 3 constituent academies – Fine Art (KuvA); Dance and Theatre (TeaK); Music (SibA). The institutional research strategy focuses on developing synergies and an inter-artistic research environment between the academies, which are each concerned with exploring artistic research or pedagogy within their discrete traditions. UNIARTS Helsinki is actively developing postdoctoral research activities. The Academy of Fine Art’s declared mission is to train artists and artist-researchers working in the field of ‘Fine Arts’. The institution participates in various national and international summer schools and symposia.
DFA (within the Academy of Fine Art only)
Degrees are validated by the institution itself.
Thesis including artistic parts
Forms of Output
Exhibitions, curatorial projects, published articles, expositions etc.
The time-frame for study is flexible. Students follow a programme structured around the allocation of 240 ECTS credits: Thesis – including artwork (170) / Doctoral studies (70).
In the first two years, students are introduced to both research methodologies and ethics. At KuvA and TeaK students are offered intensive seminar weeks, which run 7 times a year. Seminar weeks include lectures, presentations, workshops etc. SibA has different study structure. There are 4 doctoral programmes, 2 of which are in music.
Undergraduate & Masters Research
No systematic provision
Quality Assurance & Enhancement
The Academy participates in national and international audit and assessment processes for research and teaching.
Students work with 2 supervisors, one internal and one external.
Supervisors are selected on the basis of individual students interests.
The amount of time supervisors are allocated varies widely and encompasses both individual and group tutorials.
Funding for each student/year provides for up to 20 hours additional external expertise.
Staff engaged in PhD supervision attend seminars once a year but there is no specific training.
Whilst there are no formal requirements with regards to qualifications, those holding Phd, DFA or DA are likely to be preferred: of 11 professors – 2 DA, 1 DFA, 3 PhD; of 8 lecturers – 1 DA, 3 DFA.
4 professors have been recruited on the basis of their research qualifications. Between 4-10 staff are actively engaged in research. 20% of staff time is devoted to research or practice.
In the first instance, prospective students submit a research portfolio and plan. Candidates who are successful at this stage are invited to interview, and thereafter those admitted to the programme revise their research plans.
UNIARTS Helsinki receives approx. 50 international applications/biennial application period and accepts 5 new students every second year.
Approximately 18 students achieve 3rd cycle awards each year – KuvA (2); TeaK (3); SibA (13).
Partial funding provided by the doctoral programmes
At KuvA there is some funding to support travel to conferences and the printing costs of the final thesis. TeaK and SibA support travel to conferences and artistic productions.