Day Programme

Studying in the Day Programme is full time. It consists of study periods, lectures, workshops and projects. The studies also include periods of individual work, when students can best develop their own individual expression under the guidance of a mentor. The fourth study year is optional, in which the student can choose a mentor in addition to taking part in regular teaching. 

The lectures consider art history from different angles as well as contemporary topics, practices and phenomena. The school supports students wishing to participate in performances and events of various art disciplines (for example, museum visits and contemporary art events in venues such as ZODIAK – Centre for New Dance and Mad House Helsinki).

Students in the Day Programme are eligible for financial aid for students ( Students are also granted travel discounts as well as discounts in several art supply stores and museums. Once the student has successfully finished their studies, they are granted a graduation diploma. Having received the diploma, students can apply for membership in Finnish artists’ associations. One can continue studies onto the fourth, optional study year, during which the student is also entitled to the Finnish government’s study grant.

Study Fees

The annual fee for the Day Programme is 1155 euros. In addition to this, in the beginning of the first semester there is a registration fee of 85 euros. The semester fee for the fourth year is 630 euros, during which the student receives guidance from the teachers as well as an individual mentor of their preference. Students provide themselves the materials needed for the courses.

Summary of the study goals and educational foundations of the three-year Day Programme in Art School Maa, in preparation for the profession of an artist:

  1. The student familiarizes themselves with different working methods in the contemporary arts and experiments with them. Methods mean, for example, observation, drawing, painting, photography, video, performance, and project-based art.
  2. The student has the ability to create art works of various kinds and an ability to present their work and art works/projects to others.
  3. The student has basic knowledge and understanding of the context of contemporary art as well as of the cultural field in a broader sense.
  4. The student has the ability to communicate and articulate their ideas verbally and in writing (seminar days, study circles and textual presentations).
  5. The student has practical information on operation in the professional art field (artist’s taxation, artist grants, artist unions, exhibiting in galleries, compiling a portfolio, making a website, producing project-based art).

In the studies, focus is also given to the fact that artist should be aware of why and to whom they are making art and to understand how contemporary culture operates when art is being produced and curated.

In the future, language skills will be emphasized to a greater extent in the curriculum of Art School Maa. Our aim is that part of the courses will be taught in English, acknowledging the fact that the art field is international, and English language has become an essential skill in order to operate in it. We encourage applicants from English language backgrounds to apply, keeping in mind that the transition from a working environment operating mainly in Finnish into an entirely bilingual one is a process. We strive to become a good working environment for everyone wishing to study art, regardless of their language background. 


Teachers of the Day Programme include Minna Henriksson, Warda Ahmed, Ahmed Al-Nawas, Panos Balomenos, Freja Bäckman, Emma Fält, Max Hannus, Eija Keskinen, Mikko Kuorinki, Anni Laakso, Lintu Lindfors, Jesse Matilainen, Pekka Niskanen, Egle Oddo, H Ouramo, Joakim Pusenius, Minna Pöllänen, Johanna Rojola, Martta Tuomaala, Kari Yli-Annala and Filippo Zambon.


The entrance procedure is the following every spring: first you fill in your information on the application form. When we receive your application we will send you the preliminary tasks to be done and sent to us. On the basis of the preliminary tasks, we invite prospective students for an interview. On the basis of preliminary tasks and the interview we will make the final decisions of the students entering the first year course.

The next application period is in spring 2023 for the course starting in autumn 2023.

You can apply for the Art School Maa Day Programme (108 credits) by registering in advance on our website. The application schedule for 2023 is as follows:

    • registration opens on 18 January 2023

    • registration ends on 9 April 2023

    • Preliminary entrance assignments must be handed in no later than 14 April 2022

    • Invitations to the interview will be sent no later than 25 April 2022

    • Applicants will be interviewed from 8 to 11 May 2023

    • selections will be announced week 20

Registration and additional information:, tel. 041 319 5992, koulu (at)