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Praxis (master's programme)

The Praxis Programme gives you the skills to understand the art world and its underlying forces and to establish different types of active work roles in the arts.

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Why study here?

The Praxis Master’s Programme in Exhibition Studies helps you grow into a professional of exhibition practices and find your own voice in the field of art. You will learn to understand the world of arts and its relationship with the surrounding society. In your thinking, the roles of a mediator of art, curator and artist are combined through the public exhibition of art. 

Content and objective of the programme

The Praxis programme develops students’ thinking regarding the surrounding society as well as the exhibition and mediation of art. The goal is to understand the art world and its underlying forces and to establish different types of active work roles in the arts. 

The Praxis studies cover both the basics of theory and philosophy of art and the practices of public exhibition of art. Students of the Praxis programme are educated together with art students, which gives them the chance to work with artists in different kinds of spaces where art is exhibited, such as exhibition spaces, the public space, catalogues and digital environments.

Studies in exhibition practices and spatiality

The teaching in the Praxis Programme is closely linked to teaching in exhibition practices and spatiality, which addresses the contexts of displaying and experiencing art from various perspectives, including with consideration to cognitive, social and societal activities.

Professionals in fine arts

Students of the programme prepare themselves for diverse career opportunities as art professionals, who are able to utilise their skills and knowledge in an insightful way while maintaining a critical mind. 

After graduating, you can work in the field of fine arts for example as a curator, artist, writer, pedagogue, researcher, expert, developer and entrepreneur, or in different kinds of societal positions or in multi-artistic productions.

Teachers

The teachers at the Academy of Fine Arts are distinguished artists and experts who represent various fields and work actively in the arts also in international contexts. The instruction at the Academy is complemented by the expertise of hourly-paid visiting teachers, both Finnish and international. The visiting teaching staff hosts thematic workshops and special courses, and their instruction offers the students opportunities to expand their technical skills. Visiting teachers can also take on responsibilities of thesis supervisors, experts and examiners.

Emphasis is laid on individual, one-on-one instruction that takes place in the student’s studio and in the common studio and work facilities. You will be appointed a tutoring teacher who keeps an eye on the progress of your studies.

Through their expertise and professional networks, the teaching staff is able to introduce the students to the field of fine arts in Finland and in international contexts and also offers an excellent professional basis for working as an artist.

Visiting teachers and lecturers in the degree programme include Nikos Doulos, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Airi Triisberg, Natascha Caruana, Gigi Argyropoulou, Marina Vishmidt, Nisrine Boukhari, Basak Senova, SMITH, Rózsa Farkas, Lars Willumeit, Olivia Plender, Kasia Fudakowski, Maria Kapajeva, Pascal Gielen, Markus Kåhre, Eva Neklyajeva, Anails Lopez + Marga Rottewel, Nynnyt, Liisa Roberts, Koko Hubara, Caroline Suinner and Sofia Wekesa.

Applying to the programme

Those interested in the Praxis Master’s Programme in Exhibition Studies apply to the two-year studies leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree through a separate master’s admission process. 

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or other corresponding degree. The scope of the programme is 120 ECTS credits. 

The programme admits new students every other year.

Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the admissions statistics from previous years.

How to apply to the programme (to be updated in November)

Doctoral studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a master’s degree, you will have the option to pursue further studies in the Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts, for example.