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Folk Music, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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The Folk Music programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki is the leading education provider in its field when it comes to student volumes, frequency of activities, international reputation, selection of degree opportunities and the fame of the graduated artists. 

The programme offers you a range of different paths to becoming a professional in folk music.


Integral to the studies are the student’s personal aspirations regarding their study plan, the relationships that develop between the teachers and the students, and individual guidance.

The learning environment promotes a genuine dialogue and each student’s growth into an independent expert and artist.

While instrument and ensemble studies are the core of the bachelor’s studies, it is also vital that students acquire theoretical skills. The versatile course selection also includes studies in folk dance and instrument building, for example. 

You will delve into the essence of memorisation-based musicianship, acquire skills in different forms of improvisation and learn how to use archives and other sources as material for songwriting that is inspired by research. You will acquire the skills needed to form your personal artistic vision and learn how to reflect on it orally and in writing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Folk Music 
  • Literature of Music 
  • Counterpoint
  • Advanced Theory and Solfege 
  • Methodology 

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 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 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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