Day Programme

performance by Vilja Salmi, photo by Kamila Śladowska

Our project-oriented study programme prepares students for the profession of contemporary artists. Through project work, students are in dialogue with the surrounding society, positioning themselves, criticising and presenting utopias using different artistic methods. Students are supported to actively participate and to use various forms of contemporary art in their work. Studying at Art School Maa is suitable for a wide range of experiences: from those who have been active in the field of arts and culture for a longer time to those who seek to participate in the field.

In the face of new societal expectations on art and being an artist, Art School Maa strives to find fresh educational perspectives alongside traditional art education. Teaching consists of courses with versatile contents and approaches. Active and internationally experienced contemporary artists working in Finland are invited as teachers. The teaching structures on a continuous dialogue between theories and practical exercises. Lecturers of the open Thursday lectures that are part of the programme are experts from different areas of society.

(photo from Vilja Salmi's performance)


Content of the studies

The Day Programme emphasises interdisciplinarity, artistic thinking and the study of new forms of contemporary art. In addition to visual arts methods, Maa teaches e.g. performance, sound art and critical theory. Instead of technical skills, the courses focus on the necessary skills and starting points for understanding the planning of artistic work, conceptual thinking and the framing of an artwork.

The Day Programme's teaching goals and educational starting points include:

1. Methods: The student gets acquainted with different artistic working methods and explores these. Methods might range from, for example, observation, drawing, painting, photography, video, performance, and methods of collective working.

2. Artworks and projects: The student acquires skills to create artworks and the ability to present their own practice and projects to others.

3. Context and field: The student gains knowledge and understanding of the context of contemporary art as well as of the broader cultural field.

4. Communication: The student has the skill to communicate and articulate ideas orally and in writing (seminar days, study groups and written presentations).

5. Practices of the profession: The student has practical knowledge of how to operate in the professional art field (taxation, grants, trade unions, showing one’s work, portfolio, creating websites, producing project art).

6. Own voice and own goals: It is central that the students themselves are involved in defining the goals of the teaching. Teaching supports the students' own voices and identifying what is central in their process, so that it answers to the students’ needs and not a set goal.


Form of study

Studying in the Day Programme is full-time and emphasises learning in a group. Studies consist of courses, lectures, workshops and projects. The studies also include mentored, independent periods. Teaching takes place mainly in Suomenlinna, at the school’s premises. The teaching languages are both Finnish and English. Note that the surrounding structures of the studies might operate in Finnish.

The first study year starts with an orientation period, followed by group discussions throughout the first year. The topics of the discussions are pedagogical emphases and assumptions that appear in artistic discourses, which we aim to define and dismantle together.

In the second year, students may decide together the content of one teaching period.

In the third year, each student chooses a personal supervisor for their graduation work. Third year students work together and organise the graduation exhibition as a group.

In the fourth year, working is guided and independent.

(photos above are from the exhibition by class 2022-2025 at Myymälä2, photos by Kamila Śladowska)


Student expenses and benefits

Maa is a private educational institution, tuition fees being one of its forms of funding. As a student in the Day Programme, you pay an annual tuition fee as follows:
- 1240€ in the first year
- 1155€ in the second and third year
- 630€ in the fourth year.

The digital student card provided by OSKU costs 10€ per year; a physical card costs 16€ per year. If you are not eligible for Kela’s study support, you can apply for a green card, which entitles you to student benefits such as discounts in artist supply stores and museums. If you are eligible for Kela’s study support, you can apply for a blue-yellow card, which also includes HSL and VR benefits. Read more on OSKU’s website (in Finnish). 

Students buy their own additional materials used in the courses according to their individual needs. Some courses have a budget for the whole group provided by the school.

The semester runs from the beginning of September to the end of May.  During the summer months, from June to August, Day Programme students can take summer studies (3 study weeks per month). Summer studies require an additional fee (€ 30 per mentoring hour).  More information about the summer studies is provided each spring. 

ATTENTION: Study support for students starting in 2024

Kela's latest planned change to Maa's status as an educational institution means that Kela is ending the study support, student benefits and state-guaranteed student loans for students starting their studies in Maa in 2024. That is, students starting in 2024 are not entitled to apply for a study grant or a student loan through Kela. 

Study support for students who started their studies before 2024

Kela's latest decision to end study support for new students does not apply to students who started their studies in Maa before 2024. Students who started the Day Programme before 2024 are eligible to apply for the support. Students receive travel discounts (for example trains in Finland at VR, buses at Matkahuolto, Helsinki area public transport at HSL). ​​Summer studies are supported by Kela and study support months used for them do not reduce the support months used for an upper secondary degree.


Credits and graduating

Art School Maa's contemporary arts Day Programme is a three-year education which prepares for the profession of contemporary artist. The studies are full-time. 108 study weeks are required for graduation (36 study weeks per year). The graduation certificate is a diploma. After graduation, you can continue your studies at Maa with a voluntary, supervised fourth year (36 study weeks). Maa’s graduates can apply for membership at, for example, the Finnish Painters’ Union, the Association of Finnish Sculptors and the Association of Photographic Artists.


Painting workshop
Panos Balomenos


🕰 Tuesdays

Check out Panos' website

(📸: Sergio Urbina)

Performance workshop
Karolina Kucia


🕰 Tuesdays

Jussi Hertz
Sound workshop
Jussi Hertz


🕰 Thursdays

Check out Jussi's Instagram

(📸: Haliz Yosef)

Moving images workshop
Kari Yli-Annala


🕰 Fridays

Read more about Kari's works

Drawing workshop
Dahlia El Broul


🕰 Fridays

Read more on Dahlia's website

(📸: Helka Miettunen)

Printmaking workshop
Anna-Maija Mattila-Selin


🕰 Fridays (27.10.–8.12.23)

Check out Anna-Maija's Instagram

Third years' coordinating teacher
Minna Henriksson


Check out Minna's website

(📸: Roza Boynik)

Teachers and mentors of the Day Programme, among others:

Al-Nawas Ahmed
Balomenos Panos
Doris Tari
Fält Emma
Gundeslioglu Özgü
Hallikainen Niko
Hannus Max
Hakkarainen Sanna
Henriksson Minna
Holland Flis
Hwang Kim Minjee
Hyppönen Timi
Isomäki Mimosa
Jensen Anna
Kallio Jade
Keskinen Eija
Kihwa-Endale Alex
Kuorinki Mikko
Kär Pie
Laakso Anni
Laitinen Tuomas A. 
Levonoja Siina
Lindfors Lintu
Lilja Emma
Mahbouba Hanan
Mahbouba Saara
Matilainen Jesse
Martinez Petra
Mertanen Minja Maria
Mustafa Mohammed Moe
Naukkarinen Anne
Nishida Hikari
Niskanen Pekka
Nuorvaara Kea
Oddo Egle
Ouramo H
Pettersson Juhana
Pöllänen Minna
Pusenius Joakim
Ritvanen Sanna
Rojola Johanna
Roimola Landys
Roschier Linda
Saiyar Azar
Sandell Inari
Singh Shubhangi
Signori Saskia
Soria Hernández Diana
Suomenrinne Lada
Suvanto Eliisa
Szrama Tomasz
Tarvainen Tiina
Triisberg Airi
Tuomaala Martta
Uuttu Santtu
Vaarnamo Aarni
Vardhani Rajan Vishnu
Vainio Elina
Vuoteenoma Tuomo
Warda Ahmed
Yiu Sheung
Yli-Annala Kari
Zambon Filippo

Current students

1. year (2023–2026)

Hussein Barbar
Anna Hallikainen
Charlotte Heal
Antti Heiskala
Heini Hermunen
Markus Makkonen
Lassi Nieminen
Sofia Nieminen
Nooa Paukkunen
Aino Roman
Alli Suosalo
Sara Tammi
Vilma Tietäväinen
Verna Toivonen
Lucas Toljamo
Tuulikki Toppari
Emilia Värelä

2. year (2022–2025)

Maija Baijukya
Ida Haukka
Kris Helo
Krasimir Jovanovic Hyvärinen
Tuulia Kivistö
Kaarina Koistinen
Pyry Lehtonen
Oskar Liljeblad
Elias Lindblad
Ilmi Penkkala
Luukas Pollari
Peik Ranko
Panu Räisänen
Vilja Salmi
Jenny Sivén
Tesla Sumén
Pihla Törrönen

3. year (2021–2024)

Ulriika Hyry
Vili Järvinen
Lukas Kallonen
Severi Kokko-Powell
Anna Kuorikoski
Anni-Anett Liik
Inka Lönnqvist
Teemu Ruissalo
Elsa Tölli

4. year (2020–2023 + 2023–2024)

Miska Jounila


Alumni and former students

Riikka Aresalo (2006-2010)
Ramina Habibollah (2014-2017)
Elsa Heikkilä (2016-2019)
Edna Huotari (2018-2022)
Tomi Hyttinen (2011-2015)
Minerva Juolahti (2015–2018)
Inka-Maaria Jurvanen (2005-2009)
Terhi Ketolainen (2013-2017)
Anikó Kuikka (2005-2009)
Aleksandra Kuokkanen (2018-2020)
Terese Kühl (2019-2022)
Lintu Lunar (2017-2020)
Marjaana Markkula (2015-2017, 2019-2020)
Reija Meriläinen (2008-2011)
Ronja-Maaria Ojala (2017-2020)
Hele Okkonen (2017-2020)
Vesa Peltonen (1995-1999)
Eeva-Liisa Puhakka (2004-2007)
Eija Puistomaa (2003-2007)
Aamu Aurora Pulkkinen (2016-2019)
Tuuli Teelahti (2008-2011)
Melina Alexina Rantanen (2013-2016)
Tiia Roivanen (2018-2020, 2022)
romeo (2019-2020)
Oskari Ruuska (2014-2016)
Marja Ruusunen (2019-2022)
Leena Saarikivi (1989-1992)
Blythe Smith (2013-2017)
Frida Stenbäck (2014-2016)
Lauri Tuomenoksa (1986-1990)
Eveliina Ullom (2012-2017)
Maria West (2014-2015)
Janina Witkowski (2002-2005)

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Headmasters at Art School Maa

1986–87 Auli Korhonen
1987–88 Markku Pääkkönen
1988–90 Auli Korhonen
1990–91 Tarja Pitkänen
1991–98 Matti Kurki
1998–99 Markku Pääkkönen
1999–04 Petri Kaverma
2004–20 Bo Karsten
2020–2021 Minna Henriksson
2021–22 Minna Henriksson & H Ouramo
2022– H Ouramo