Office for Study Affairs Hämeentie 135 C   00560 Helsinki   Finland
Phone: +358 9 7563 0508 Fax: +358 9 756 30210
Phone: +358 9 7563 0528 Fax: +358 9 756 30223 (DA students)
e-mail: helena.harkonen@uiah.fi or iac@uiah.fi
www: http://www.uiah.fi



Application for

MASTER OF ARTS programme, DOCTOR OF ARTS programme,
NON-DEGREE studies and other; SUPPLEMENTARY studies



Studying at the University of Art and Design Helsinki
Other possibilities for studying at UIAH
Exchange programmes
Non-degree studies
Other studies
The requirements for MA, DA, Non-degree and other studies
Doctor of Arts
Non-degree studies
Other studies
How to apply?
Master of Arts and non-degree studies
Doctor of Arts studies
The evaluation procedure for MA, DA and non-degree
Selection of applicants for the Master of Arts degree
Evaluation of test assignments
Evaluation procedure for DA studies
Evaluation procedure for the non-degree studies
Mailing your application
Admission timetables 2003
Master of Arts
Doctor of Arts
How much does it cost to study at UIAH?
Non-degree students pay for their studies as follows:
Other studies
Application for NON-DEGREE STUDIES 2003-2004
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Application for MASTER OF ARTS STUDIES 2003
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Studying at the University of Art and Design Helsinki

The programmes for MA studies starting Autumn 2003 are:

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • New Media
  • Furniture Design
  • Spatial Interventions
  • Fashion and Clothing Design
  • Textile Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Applied Art and Design

You can apply only for one programme.



Other possibilities for studying at UIAH

Exchange programmes

UIAH has student exchange programmes with several universities in and outside Europe. Exchange programmes are also available for those foreign students who take BA, MA or DA studies at UIAH. There are separate application forms available for Socrates / Erasmus and Nordplus programmes. Application periods vary, so for further details, please contact the International Office or Study Affairs at your own institution or at UIAH, e-mail iac@uiah.fi, check also www.uiah.fi.

Non-degree studies

It is possible to apply for separate courses at UIAH without taking a degree. Non-degree students may attend lectures and carry out practical work pertaining to the courses into which they have been accepted. The number of courses taken is decided on case by case. It is possible to apply for non-degree studies in all programmes. Non-degree students must pay a fee for conducting their study. Please refer to "how much does it cost to study".

Other studies

UIAH offers special programmes of study for individual training and advanced study. Details and length of study must be negotiated with the academic unit. Supplementary students must pay a fee for conducting their studies. Please refer to "how much does it cost to study".



The requirements for MA, DA, Non-degree and other studies

A foreign student is qualified to apply for the Master of Arts degree programmes if he/she already has a

  1. Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree in the field of applied arts
  2. Or if he/she has been studying in the field for at least three years (120 credits) at a university abroad. The applicant must have strong recommendations from both his/her own university and from the department in question at UIAH.
  3. Or if he/she have a Polytechnic degree.
  4. He/she can also apply on other bases than the above-mentioned. However, applicant should have working knowledge of the corresponding field of arts. Please, submit your curriculum vitae with your application.
    Applicants to the New Media you should also have working experience form the field of new media.

For further questions concerning New Media contact Anna Arsniva by e-mail arsniva@uiah.fi or +358 9 7563 0404.
More about the required documents, please see the application form, -e list of enclosures.

Doctor of Arts

Students who have a Master's degree either from UIAH or from an other Finnish university or an accredited degree from a foreign institution are permitted to apply for Doctor of Arts studies. More about the required documents, please see the application form.

Non-degree studies

You can apply for non-degree studies in all programmes if you study for a degree at an other university or institution and wish to further your studies.

A student who is enrolled in a study programme at one of the following universities: University of Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, Swedish School of Economics, Theatre Academy and Helsinki University of Technology, can apply to UIAH through the JOO-system, the system of flexible study opportunities. Applications and instructions are available at UIAH´s Office for Study Affairs or at any of the above mentioned institutions.

Other studies

You can apply for other studies in all programmes if you are working in one of the fields represented at UIAH and you wish to further your educational and professional skills, or if you are studying or participating in a course in your home country in e.g. supplementary studies and you want to take a part of your studies at UIAH.



How to apply?

Master of Arts and non-degree studies

If your documents are written in some other language than English, a notarised translation should be included. The documents should be attested copies. Certificates and other documents written in Swedish are accepted.

To complete an application the following items should be submitted:

  1. ACADEMIC RECORDS (transcripts) from each university or institution you have attended, along with degree certificates or diplomas you have received. If detailed transcripts are not available, your certificates must include official statements showing the class or quality of your degrees and the marks that you have received out of the maximum number of marks obtainable on degree examinations. If you are working on a Bachelor's degree, a transcript showing your first three years of work should be submitted.

  2. A COPY OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE DIPLOMA WORK should also be submitted.

  3. AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST will be required before admission If English is not your native tongue. One of the following tests should be passed in order to evaluate your level of knowledge:

    • TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language, the minimum required points are 550. In a computer based test the minimum required is 213 points.
    • ELTS English Language Testing Service, the minimum grade is 5.0.
    • CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English, the grade required is A or B.
    • IELTS International English Testing System, the minimum grade is 6.0.

    Information about the TOEFL test may be obtained e.g. from: Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08504, USA, http://www.toefl.org.

  4. AN OBJECTIVE (ONE PAGE) STATEMENT OR STUDY PLAN concerning your educational goals and interests at UIAH.
    Applicants to the MA programme in New Media should provide a freely composed statement of intent and motivation in which they describe their motivation and interest in the field of new media, including any special areas of interest, as well as their personal aims as students of the Media Lab. This statement is a critical element in application process and should be no longer than 2 pages (A4, single space, 12pt Times or equivalent. Please, make sure that your e-mail address is mentioned in this paper too.

  5. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION from your home university or institution describing how the applicant's studies at UIAH will relate to his studies at home. Letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's work, e.g. teachers and employers, are helpful when considering the application. Two to three letters are recommended.

  6. A PORTFOLIO in which the applicant shows his works of art and design. The works can be presented as technical drawings, pictures, photographs, slides or video films (VHS, max. 30 min.). The portfolio should comprise of a minimum of 8 recent works, the maximum size being A3. A portfolio description sheet listing art / design works should include information on the works shown in portfolio e.g. name of the work / theme of the work, method of doing, techniques, size and material used. Three dimensional objectives should be presented by colour slides inserted in plastic sleeves or cardboard frames. Original works should not be submitted except when sending films or videos which may be difficult to duplicate.
    A portfolio is not needed in New Media.

  7. CURRICULUM VITAE. This concerns only applicants to the New Media and applicants who are applying on the other basis (see, the requirements for the MA admission)
    Please, provide an expanded curriculum vitae (max, 3 pages) describing your former studies, working experience including also brief information as a list in chronological order relating to their design/artistic/technical/pedagogical etc. experience as well as grants and scholarships, cultural production and other relevant information.
    Applicants to the MA programme in New Media should also list his/her familiarity with software and/or programming languages and specific professional production environments.

Doctor of Arts studies

When planning to apply, the applicant should contact the Research Institute at UIAH or the professor in charge of the research at the department which is closest to the applicant's interest of research. The applicant should discuss with the professor the intended research interest, the research plan and the general study programme. The university recommends that the applicant participates as a non-degree student in such courses that would support the preparation of the research plan.

If your documents are written in some other language than English, a notarised translation should be included. The documents should be attested copies. Certificates and other documents written in Swedish are accepted.

To complete an application the following items should be submitted:

  1. DEGREE CERTIFICATES (transcripts) from each university attended, including official register lists of study courses taken for the degree

  2. A RESUMÉ of all scientific / artistic activities; Curriculum Vitae

  3. A RESEARCH PLAN and / or production plan

  4. A PORTFOLIO with 3-5 work samples

  5. Documents of LANGUAGE TESTS

  6. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (not compulsory)

The research plan should consist of the background, the aims, basis and formulation of the problem(s) and research methodologies the number, content, methods and forum of possible art productions and an estimated timetable.

The art productions may only be new and presented so that their chronological relations forms a meaningful whole. A framework of study courses should also be included. A portfolio is needed if there is one or more art productions or product development projects in the thesis. The applicant presents his/her artistic activities in the portfolio.



The evaluation procedure for MA, DA and non-degree

Selection of applicants for the Master of Arts degree

The entrance test for the two-year programmes leading to the MA degree is in two stages. The first part consists of the evaluation of the sample portfolio (not applicable to the MA in New Media programme), study plan and possible assignments completed beforehand. On the basis of the first stage, a number of applicants will be invited to the second stage of the entrance test.

The second stage of the entrance test involves an interview of the applicants. If necessary the applicant can be asked to submit further samples of his/her work. S/he may also be required to carry out entrance test assignments prepared by the planning and evaluation board. Information on any further samples of work, entrance test assignments and test dates will be given in connection with informing the applicants of the selection for the next stage. Information will also be given on the practical arrangements of carrying out the set assignments.

Evaluation of test assignments

Grounds for the selection of students are artistic talent, motivation and personal development potential. Deciding factors are demonstrated talent and suitability to the desired field. The selection is based on application documents, a portfolio of sample work (not applicable to the MA in New Media programme), the applicant's plan of study, an interview and possible beforehand assignments, entrance test assignments and additional submitted work.

Each degree programme has its own Evaluation Board to evaluate applications. Where necessary, expert members can be added to the board. The extra members are chosen after the first stage of the entrance test according to the interests and focus of the applicants. In the evaluation the portfolio, interview, study plan and possible entrance test assignments and additional submitted work are viewed as a whole and evaluated as either accepted or rejected.

Evaluation procedure for DA studies

The professor in charge of the DA programme evaluates the research plan and prepares a statement to the Research Board. Special attention will be paid to the relations between different parts of the research plan, the content and high quality of the research, the number and duration of possible art / design productions and the applicant's preparedness and capability of development. The professor may ask a statement form experts of the field in question if needed. The professor prepares a statement of admittance or rejection. The supervisor for the dissertation will be appointed.

The Research Board evaluates the research and production plan and the possible portfolio and their unity and makes a proposal of admission or rejection to the Rector of university. The Rector makes the final decisions of the admittance.

Evaluation procedure for the non-degree studies

The acceptance for non-degree studies depends much on the situation at the department; are the courses full already and how many international students there will be present during the term? etc. Your portfolio and your study plan play important role when making the decision.

Mailing your application

The portfolio together with the application form and the requested documents can be delivered by hand or mailed to the University of Art and Design UIAH, Office for Study Affairs, Hämeentie 135 C, 00560 Helsinki, Finland.

All application materials must be delivered or posted by the closing date. The portfolios can be picked up or be returned, when provided with the necessary prepaid postage, soonest after the student selections. Please make a note of this on the application form.



Admission timetables 2003

Master of Arts

  • Friday 28. of February, the closing date for the application forms, portfolios and other documents
  • Monday 31 of March, the invitations will be sent to the can didates selected for an interview. (The interviews will be held during 7.-11.4.2003.)
  • Wednesday 16 of April, the letters of admission will be sent
  • Friday 1 of August, the closing date for the preliminary registration for the academic year 2003-2004
  • Monday 1 of September, the beginning of the academic year 2003-2004. However, please note that the studies can often begin already in August.
  • Friday 13 of September, the closing date for the registration.

Doctor of Arts

  • 15.4. the closing date for studies beginning in the Autumn term 2003
  • 15.10. the closing date for studies beginning in the Spring term 2004

Non-degree and other studies
(exchange programmes excluded)

An application for the non-degree studies can generally be submitted one to two months prior to the beginning of a course, but if you are applying from outside Finland we recommend the following timetables as the treatment of the applications, the travel and visa arrangements etc. can take time:

  • Friday 16 of May, deadline for non-degree applications for studies beginning Autumn term 2003
  • Friday 14 of November, deadline for non-degree applications for studies beginning spring term 2004


How much does it cost to study at UIAH?

The degree studies are generally free in Finland, for foreign students as well. The Student Union TOKYO has a membership fee of about 94 euros including health care, which is compulsory for all BA and MA students as well as for non-degree students staying longer than 3 months. The material costs vary depending on the field of studies, but a rough estimate is 34-140 euros a term. The estimated living costs in the metropolitan area are about 500-700 euros a month.

Non-degree students pay for their studies as follows:

  • 1 credit 200 euros
  • 2-5 credits 450 euros
  • 6-10 credits 750 euros
  • 11-35 credits 1500 euros
  • more than 36 credits 2550 euros

Other studies

Supplementary studies are about 1600-11800 euros.