Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
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The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (Finnish: Kuvataideakatemia; Swedish: Bildkonstakademin) in Helsinki, Finland provides the highest university-level theoretical and practical training in the country in fine arts.
The Academy was founded in 1848 by a private foundation called The Art Society of Finland (or Finnish Art Society, or Finnish Art Association) (fi: Suomen Taideyhdistys). Back then the academy was called a Drawing School.
In 1939 it became The Finnish Art Academy School (fi: Suomen Taideakatemian koulu).
In 1985 it became The Academy of Fine Arts. In the beginning of 1993 the status of the Academy was raised to university level. 3.5 years of full-time study leads to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Master's degree takes two years longer to complete.
In 1920, Eliel Saarinen, a Finnish architect became a member of the Academy of Fine Arts.
In the academic year 2004-2005 the number of students was about 240. There are 13 full-time teachers, and about 50 teachers and lecturers working on an hourly basis.
- Academy of Fine Arts - Official site
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