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EVTEK Institute of Art and Design provides degree studies in culture in three degree programmes: Conservation, Design and Media. The degree title is Bachelor of Arts (Design, Conservation or Media). The extent of the degree is 240 credit points and the duration of studies four years.

In adult education degree studies the students can be credited 120 credit points on the basis of at least vocational college level studies and work experience of the field. Thus the completion of the studies in adult education will take two years (120 credit points). The basic objectives in the adult education are the same as in day studies, only some practises differ. These differences will be handled at the end of this chapter.

The teaching staff is highly qualified and among the best in their field in Finland. The Institute operates in the Metropolitan area, with well-functioning links to trade and industry, enabling visits by 100-140 lecturers yearly representing key expertise in working life. When the special expertise needed cannot be found in Finland, lecturers will be invited from other countries.

The activities at the Institute of Art and Design reflect the working organisation values, cooperation, openness and quality. The Institute has also strong emphasis on development, continuous and sincere evaluation of one’s own activities and their development. Cooperation with higher education institutions and universities in other fields, with business life and culture institutions and museums is active and diversified.

Concern for Students

The old tradition of concern for students is common to all schools in the field of culture.
At EVTEK Institute of Art and Design the student’s progress is followed carefully and support will be given when needed.

The nature of the guidance changes along with the changing phases of study. In the beginning of the studies the emphasis is on one’s own learning objectives and on personal study plan. Later, the students will be guided in the arrangements of the practical training to be completed in Finland or abroad, student exchange and in various questions concerning major studies. At the end of the studies the guidance will concentrate on preparing the student for working life.

International Aspect

EVTEK Institute of Art and Design is strongly international in its operation. The Degree Programme in Conservation is an example of a national educational field which is exceptionally international. This educational field has cooperation with several museums and research institutions both in Finland and abroad. 

Also the curricula in Media and Design Degree Programmes have developed towards European direction in their structure and also in their content. This helps to maintain the flexible and diversified cooperation with European higher education institutions of this field.

The cooperation with foreign higher education institutions of the field enables the student and teacher exchange. Cooperation agreements have been made with approximately 60 universities and higher education institutions all over the world. Additionally, we have several Socrates agreements in Europe. Membership in central international organisations of the field brings its own features to the operation.

Structure of the Studies

The studies at the Institute of Art and Design comprise basic studies, professional studies, optional studies, practical training (30 credits) and Bachelor’s Thesis (15 credit points).  Adult education does not include optional studies or practical training. More information on professional studies, practical training and Bachelor’s Thesis can be found in the description of each Degree Programme.

Basic Studies

The basic studies contain general subjects that aim to give the students an extensive general picture of the position and significance of the field of culture and arts in society, to familiarise the students with the general artistic and theoretical basics and to provide the students with the needed language proficiency referred to in the Degree, section 8.

The aim of the arts studies is to give the students basic abilities in visual perception, expression and thinking. The studies aim to comprehensive art education by developing the students’ visual expression and views about art. The visual expression module develops the students’ abilities in visual expression and theoretical thinking. The studies advance in cycles; visual expression, general composition and colour theory are applied in practical assignments. When possible, the studies are integrated with the projects and subject fields of each degree programme.

Studies in photography deal with the most general methods and equipment and offer a possibility to independent work in the Institute’s photography facilities. The content of the study units is emphasised according to students’ specialisation field.

Art philosophy and history studies aim to familiarise the students with art history and with different ways of thinking in philosophical context.

The business studies cover the principles of business and the requirements for successful operation as entrepreneur or employee in a company or in an other organisation. The aim is to understand the meaning of financial realities in society and to encourage entrepreneurship and productive operation. The central fields in business are covered in the study units: for example business administration, marketing, financing, logistics and business planning.

The studies connected to research aim to support the development of the student’s research abilities and to support the Bachelor’s Thesis project. The studies provide the students with the tools to internalize and manage research work and the tools to prepare for and to complete the written thesis.

The language studies support the professional studies, international exchange and even job seeking in Finland and abroad. The content of the studies is degree programme specific. The aim is to obtain written and oral communication skills of the field in Finnish, Swedish and English. Those adult students, whose earlier studies credited in EVTEK studies do not include the required language studies, must complete these studies before they can graduate, even though these language studies are not included in their curriculum.

Optional Studies

The degree programmes have their own recommendations concerning optional studies. Studies that can be included in optional studies are arranged also within the degree programmes. A study unit will be implemented only if there are enough participants.
Students should check from their curriculum which study units are obligatory in their degree. A study unit may be compulsory for one group and optional for other.

Study units completed in EVTEK’s other fields of study, Virtual Polytechnic, Open University of Applied Sciences or in the Summer University can also be included in optional studies.
A credit transfer application must be filled for completed study units in order to include these studies to the degree. The students will pay the possible costs for these studies.


The aim of the Innoplaza is to give the students a possibility to familiarise themselves with business administration and entrepreneurship. Students are offered information, advice and connections for future entrepreneurs.

In addition to the compulsory study units, this Innoplaza unit offers 15 credits business studies module aimed for future entrepreneurs. Tuition is arranged so that optional studies do not interfere with other studies.

Adult Education

The degree studies for working adults are implemented as evening studies, four evenings in a week, or as multi-form studies in which the contact teaching is arranged on weekends or during intensive weeks. Thus the degree can be completed while working at daytime.

The study time for the degree studies in adult education is two years. Adult students are entitled to extension of the studies for one year, if the studies are not completed in two years. On the basis of at least vocational college level studies and work experience of the studied field the student can be credited 120 credit points. Thus the completion of 120 credit points together with the credited 120 credits form the 240 credit points required for the polytechnic degree. Studies cannot be substituted with those studies that have been credited.

The regulations and obligations of the day time studies are applied also to adult studies. For example registration for the academic year, exam practises and other regulations are the same for all students. The regulations concerning the student financial aid and other benefits during the study time may, however, be different. Adult students do not have optional studies, practical training or the possibility to student exchange.

Those students whose earlier studies, credited in EVTEK studies, do not include the language studies referred to in the degree regulations (page 36) section 10, complete these language studies even though these studies are not included in their curriculum. On application, on special grounds, the student can be exempted from the language requirement.

At the Institute Art and Design an individual study plan (ISP) will be drawn up for the new adult students in the beginning of the studies. In the ISP the student’s educational and work history will be taken into account. ISP will be drawn up with the head of the degree programme or with the principal lecturer. At this point also the original school and work certificates will be checked. The ISP defines the extent of the studies to be completed at EVTEK and the study time.