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Painting, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 months
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The Painting programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki aims at extending the students’ views on what painting could be, what it might mean and the ways in which it relates and interacts with other forms of expression and fields. 

In other words, there is no single idea of what constitutes contemporary painting; it is constantly changing and adapting to time and place, societal interpretations and the theories and cultures of different artistic fields.


Giving room for students’ independent artistic work and strengthening their personal form of expression are priorities, while also making time for reflections on art theory.

Aspects of instruction include analysing the language(s) of painting, reviewing the materiality and extended field of painting, and comparing the characteristics of painting with other forms of expression. 

In addition, there is highly specialised instruction in material studies, which focuses on the use of different materials and their impact in the context of the painting and outside of it, as well. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundation Painting
  • Art History
  • Painting Major Studios
  • Painting Techniques
  • Contemporary Art History
  • Language/Literature/Philosophy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

You must submit the following:

  • Certificate of basic education and transcript of records
  • Certificate of language proficiency
  • Document exempt

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 42 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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