Bachelor of Culture and Arts, Fine Arts

Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
Field of study: Arts and Humanities
Extent: 4 years 240 credits
Location: Low-residency
Application period: 5-19 January

The programme is low-residency, which means that students can live anywhere in the world. Independently of this, it is mandatory to visit Finland to get the original version(s) of previous degree certificate(s) checked and to strengthen one’s personal identity during your studies. A few contact studies will be held in Campus Allegro in Jakobstad/Pietarsaari in Finland, depending on the corona-pandemic.

Study objectives

To study visual arts and to work in the liberal arts. The degree provides you with qualifications to carry out artistic commissions and projects. The teaching focuses on your individual creative thinking and artistic creation.

Our equal priority areas within the branch include:

  • Individual expression; freelance commissions and your own agenda
  • Social arts; relational social art, event art, consultancy work, project work etc.

The programme focuses on liberal contemporary art and its manifold expressions. We use various mediums and techniques: film, multimedia and video art, painting, performance, graphics, photography, relational aesthetics (Community Art), drawing, sculpture, installation and room-related art, sound art etc.

The programme’s most important and primary objective is to enable the students to develop their own expression. There are no limits within liberal arts when it comes to individual thought and the desire to produce creative, visual solutions! Expression must not be steered by technical constraints! Your own ideas, thoughts, visions, and individual ethics must always lead and guide your way. The teacher’s role is to act as a guide and tutor.

Study contents

The courses (workshops) are combined with atelier studies: study periods when the students immerse themselves in their own work (both technically and thematically). Atelier studies are conducted via individual guidance.

In order to create continuity and allow for concentration in the studies, the programme and course work are largely divided into study periods and larger course modules. This way, students get to focus on their own immersion and creation right from the start. This enables them to find their individual form of expression as quickly as possible and give them time to concentrate.

Contemporary art is a core concept in the studies. It encompasses a wide range of art forms and techniques. Art is communication using a variety of forms and expressions. Students should be able to choose and utilize “the best bits” in order to create their own profiles.

In parallel with the actual practice of art, the students study theoretical subjects that shed light on art and society from different perspectives. 

Choosing a main subject or field of specialization

 The students can choose a focus area and/or technique according to their interests and wishes. The manifold techniques and expressions in visual arts are not considered separate specializations in the programme.

For the most part, you can personify your degree with e.g. individual guidance and by choosing the courses so that you receive the education within visual communication, design, photography, and art that interests you the most. The programme’s objective is to provide you with a broad visual, branch-related and artistic competence.

Career opportunities

Bachelors of Fine Arts work within various fields and with many different projects. You can practice your profession in the traditional way, i.e. work in your own atelier/workshop and exhibit your art or reach your audience in some other way. A Bachelor of Fine Arts can also work more directly with specific projects that are tied to various contexts (municipalities, companies, associations etc.).

Based on your own focus areas during their studies, you can also work in more applied art environments, such as photography, graphic design, audio and film production, and design.

As a Bachelor of Fine Arts, the graduate has the right to register themselves as a company or to utilize corresponding taxation options as a freelance artist.


According to Finnish legislation, a person who has completed a Bachelor’s Degree shall be qualified for offices or positions where the qualification requirement is a first-cycle degree or a Bachelor’s Degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also necessitates the completion of studies within a specific field of study. The degree falls within Article 11 in the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding the recognition of professional qualifications, level d.

Final project

The Bachelor’s Thesis comprises 15 credits. It often acts as a link between studies and working life and provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical models to practical problems. The thesis becomes a part of the student’s competence profile. It can consist of internal and/or external commissions, joint projects, or other projects related to working life.

Postgraduate study opportunities

After completing your Bachelor’s Degree, you can continue to Master’s level studies at a university or a university of applied sciences.