Sibelius Academy - Sibelius-Akatemia
English language section of Sibelius Academy
Type of Higher Education Institution: University
School/Program: Fine Arts and Design
The Sibelius Academy is located in the centre of Helsinki. It was founded in 1882, and received its present name in 1939. The Sibelius Academy is the only music university in Finland and one of the biggest in Europe. As a state music college, the Sibelius Academy enjoys university status and is an integral part of the system of higher education in Finland. In addition to providing education in the field of music, it engages in performance and creative art and research.
As per the academic structure, the students who have been admitted to the Sibelius Academy start by studying Master of Music (MMus) Degree. The Sibelius Academy also offers postgraduate degrees with artistic and research options. The postgraduate, higher degrees are the Licentiate and Doctor of Music.
At present, there are about 1700 students enrolled in various degree programs at Sibelius Academy. The number of full-time teachers in the Academy is 183 and the number of part-time teachers is about 300. Besides Helsinki, the Academy has premises in the towns of Kuopio, Järvenpää and Seinäjoki.
In 1966, the Academy was granted the status of an institution of higher education. It was a private college until 1980, when administrative reforms made it subordinate to the state. The degree structure and administration were revised in that same year. It is the only university of music in this country and the largest in Scandinavia.