13.7.2018

National Core Curriculum for Basic Education in the Arts 2017 coming into effect in August 2018

The new curriculum shall be adopted on 1 August 2018 and is now also available in English. In the English translation, the National Core Curriculum for the General Syllabus for Basic Education in the Arts 2017 and the National Core Curriculum for the Advanced Syllabus for basic Education in the Arts 2017 have been combined into one document.

Basic education in the arts is art education provided primarily for children and young people on an extracurricular basis. it is goal-oriented education that progresses from one level to the next. Basic education in the arts is organised across Finland in nine art forms:

  • architecture,
  • visual arts,
  • craft,
  • media art,
  • music,
  • literary art,
  • circus art,
  • dance and
  • theatre.

Basic education in the arts comprises two syllabuses: the general and the advanced syllabus. The Finnish National Agency for Education determines the national core curriculum for both syllabuses. The core curriculum is a set of regulations based on which the education provider draws up and approves its own curricula for the syllabuses for the art forms in which it provides education.

The Finnish National Agency for Education has issued official regulations concerning the national core curriculum for basic education in the arts for both syllabuses. The valid regulations have been issued in Finnish and in Swedish. In the English translation, the National Core Curriculum for the General Syllabus for Basic Education in the Arts 2017 and the National Core Curriculum for the Advanced Syllabus for basic Education in the Arts 2017 have been combined into one document.

Introduction and transition period of the curriculum

The education provider shall issue and approve a curriculum according to the regulations in the core curriculum for each art form in which it provides education. The education provider plans the provision of education and determines the amount of instruction based on the national core curriculum. The amount of instruction is designed to enable attainment of the objectives set for the education. The curriculum must be drawn up in a sufficiently clear manner to enable pupils and their guardians to obtain enough information about the studies.

A curriculum drawn up according to the National Core Curriculum for Basic Education in the Arts 2017 shall be adopted on 1 August 2018.

More Information

Eija Kauppinen, Counsellor of Education, tel +358 29 533 1090,
Mikko Hartikainen, Counsellor of Education, tel +358 29 533 1058,

Terms of purchase

Core Curriculums in Finnish and Swedish and translation in English can be purchased from the Finnish National Agency for Educations online bookstore and from Ellibs.com.

The new curriculum shall be adopted on 1 August 2018 and is now also available in English. In the English translation, the National Core Curriculum for the General Syllabus for Basic Education in the Arts 2017 and the National Core Curriculum for the Advanced Syllabus for basic Education in the Arts 2017 have been combined into one document.