Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

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The Academy of Fine Arts (Finnish: Kuvataideakatemia; Swedish: Bildkonstakademin) in Helsinki, Finland is part of the University of the Arts Helsinki and 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.[1] [2] [3] [4]

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 2012-2013 the number of students was about 280.

The Academy of Fine Arts can be found at Elimäenkatu 25 A in the neighbourhood of Vallila, northeast of Helsinki center.


  1. ^ "Academy Of Fine Arts Helsinki, Finland". Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Finnish Academy of Fine Arts - Helsinki". Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Finnish Academy of Fine Arts". Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Finland". Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 60°11′48″N 24°56′52″E / 60.19667°N 24.94778°E / 60.19667; 24.94778