Curious about studying art & design in Finland? Finland is known for its high-quality education and it is the home for Europe’s leading design school. The English options for bachelor’s level degrees in Finland include e.g. design, game design, fine arts and industrial design. At the master’s level, the study opportunities are even wider and there are dozens of English-language degrees in various fields of art. Keep reading for more detailed information on the different study options!
FINNISH UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES (BA)
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture is the leading design school in Northern Europe and the 7th in global rankings. Aalto combines different fields of study and the students can easily include studies of science, technology or business in their art programme. The University is located in Espoo, right next to Finland’s capital Helsinki.
The 3 year Bachelor’s Programme in Design guides students to design human-centred, societally relevant and environmentally conscious future products, services and systems. After the student completes the bachelor studies, they are admitted the right to continue to Aalto University’s Master’s Programmes.
LAB University of Applied Sciences, Lahti, Finland
The design and fine arts education of the LAB University of Applied Sciences carries on the long-standing traditions of the legendary Lahti Institute of Design and Imatra School of Fine Arts. The campus is located in Lahti, just an hour away from Finland’s capital Helsinki.
In the 4 year Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Industrial Design, students learn the creative methods of the design of products and user interfaces. Sustainability and user-centred design are at the core of all our design studies. Students familiarise themselves with the manufacturability and business aspects of design work.
In the 4 year Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Packaging and Brand Design, students learn to design packaging and brand materials for businesses and industry. During their studies, students gain design, R&D and entrepreneur skills.
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK), Kouvola, Finland
XAMK University of Applied Sciences is located in South-Eastern Finland in Kouvola, two hours away from Finland’s capital Helsinki. XAMK is a university of higher education and focuses on wellbeing, technology and creative industries.
The 4 year Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Game Design focuses on game art and design, design methods and professional tools. The studies cover a wide range of different study subjects with an emphasis on 3D modeling, game art and game design.
NOVIA University of Applied Sciences, Online
Novia is a modern multi-professional University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Finland. They have four campuses around Finland: in Vaasa, Turku, Raasepori and Pietarsaari. Novia offers education at both Bachelor’s and Master’s levels as well as further education in Swedish and English.
The 4 year Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Fine Arts develops student’s individual creative thinking and artistic creation. The programme focuses on contemporary art and its manifold expressions and techniques.
University of the Arts, Helsinki
The University of the Arts Helsinki was established in 2013. The university provides higher education in music, fine arts, theatre and dance.
In the 5,5 years of study, the student will first complete a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree. The Academy offers teaching in four subject areas: sculpture, painting, printmaking, and time and space arts. The programme is taught in Finnish and English, but it is organised so that everyone can take part in the same courses.
FINNISH GRADUATE DEGREES (MA)
The graduate degree programmes are mostly taught in Aalto University. You can find all available programmes in studyinfo.fi.
Examples of Master’s programmes in Aalto University:
- Urban Studies and Planning
- Collaborative and Industrial Design
- Contemporary Design
- Creative Sustainability
- Interior Architecture
- International Design Business Management
- Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design
- Visual Communication Design
The Bachelor’s programmes’ application period is between 5th January 2022 -19th January 2022. The application contains preliminary assignments, an entrance exam and an interview.
For the Master’s programmes, the application period is between 1st December 2021 – 3rd January 2022. The applicant is usually approved based on portfolio and an interview, but for some programmes the application process is similar to the Bachelor’s programmes.
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