The Doctoral Studies Programme is the home of doctoral training and research in the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki. It delineates and implements the research-oriented basic function of the Academy, which is to train artists and artist-researchers, and to conduct research in the contexts of contemporary art. The research community in the Academy of Fine Arts is an academic community that comprises the doctoral students, teachers and postdoctoral researchers involved in the programme, along with administrative personnel. The Academy of Fine Arts (Kuvataideakatemia) conducts artistic research as well as research of contemporary art.
The Doctoral Programme at KuvA educates artist-researchers specialized in fine arts. The Doctoral Studies Programme’s degree (doctorate in fine, DFA) extends to 240 ECTS which corresponds to four years of full-time studies. It consists of the Doctoral Thesis in Fine Art (170 ECTS) and Postgraduate Studies in Fine Art (70 ECTS).
The Doctoral Programme at the Academy of Fine Arts at Uniarts Helsinki arranges every year a public event called the KuvA Research Days. During the days, the public has an opportunity to participate in discussions about art and research generated by talks and performances by KuvAs Researchers and Doctoral Students as well as guest speakers they have invited.

(c) Markus Rissanen

Contact Persons:
Mika Elo, Professor of artistic research, Head of the Doctoral Programme,
Henri Wegelius, Study coordinator,
Michaela Bränn, Research coordinator,


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