The Praxis Program 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.
Why study here?
The Praxis Master’s Program 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 program
The Praxis program 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 program 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, catalogs, 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 program prepare themselves for diverse career opportunities as art professionals, who are able to utilize 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.
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 the responsibilities of thesis supervisors, experts, and examiners.
Emphasis is laid on the 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.