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3rd Cycle in the Arts

This is an international database of 3rd cycle awards in the European Higher Arts Education Area, developed within the Creator Doctus project, to identify possible examples of practice in developing and supporting artistic research.

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Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki (UNIARTS), Helsinki, Finland

Awards

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.

Awards Offered

DFA (within the Academy of Fine Art only)

Doctorates

Degrees are validated by the institution itself.

Assessment

Thesis including artistic parts

Forms of Output

Exhibitions, curatorial projects, published articles, expositions etc.

Programme Structure

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

Qualification Framework

National

Quality Assurance & Enhancement

The Academy participates in national and international audit and assessment processes for research and teaching.

Supervision

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.

Staffing

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.

Student Admissions

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).

Student Funding

External

Partial funding provided by the doctoral programmes

Student Support

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.

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3rd Cycle in the Arts

This is an international database of 3rd cycle awards in the European Higher Arts Education Area, developed within the Creator Doctus project, to identify possible examples of practice in developing and supporting artistic research.