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Printmaking, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 months
Helsinki, Finland
The Printmaking programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki provides the students with comprehensive knowledge of printmaking and its various forms of expression, methods, materials and theoretical foundations.
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Students of the Printmaking programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki use modern equipment throughout their studies, and the instruction pays close attention to the developments in the field of printmaking and changes in society.


Students of printmaking learn to contextualise printed art within the artistic tradition, its re-interpretation and relevance as part of contemporary art. 

The process of making art is conceived both as a stance and a way of thinking which takes into account the duality inherent in printed art: on the one hand, there is the printing process with copying and printing; on the other hand, the visual expression in printmaking can be realised in various ways. 

Traditionally, marks produced by a matrix have been printed on paper, but in modern printmaking the result can be something completely different: a spatial assemblage, a film, a three-dimensional work or a zine (a publication with a limited circulation). 

Printmaking is grounded in the possibility of conveying a message, which means that the medium used in the artistic process can equally well be a printing press or a digital file.

Studies in printmaking largely consist of independent artistic work. The student is supported by the teaching staff and the student community in the form of studio visits, seminars and methodological workshops. Collaborative projects are also an important part of the studies. 

The subject area offers intensive courses on various themes; these courses can include guest lectures by visiting artists, or they can be entirely supervised by a visiting teacher.

The goal of teaching is to support the student’s personal vision so that their free expression reigns over the materials and the media, challenging them to search for personal solutions and ways of making art.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Practice
  • Beginning Printmaking
  • Intermediate Printmaking
  • Advanced Printmaking
  • Seminar in Printmaking
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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

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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