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Aesthetics Programme

Are you interested in society and enjoy creating and working with art in any of its forms? In the Aesthetics Programme, you will study social sciences, aesthetics and humanities subjects.

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What you will learn in the Aesthetics Programme

In the Aesthetics Programme, you will learn to express yourself through your chosen form(s) of aesthetic expression, such as the visual arts, dance, music or theatre. You will also have the opportunity to present/perform your productions in various ways. For example, this could happen onstage in the form of a dance, theatrical or concert performance. Or you might create visual art, film, music or other forms of media production.

You will develop your knowledge of aesthetic forms of expression. You will learn about the creative process, from idea to finished product. You will get to work with creating, experiencing and interpreting art and culture.

You will also learn about contemporary and historical figures and gain knowledge of the world from different perspectives.

I talked to my art teacher, because I enjoy making pictures, painting and creating. She told me about the Aesthetics Programme and what it involves. Then I checked it out, and I’ve got to say, it was the best decision I've ever made. It’s such an excellent mix of theoretical and the aesthetic subjects. I didn’t know it was a thing, that you could go and become an aesthete. I still get everything I need to be able to continue my studies, but we also get to have fun. I’d say the Aesthetics Programme is kinda special.

Wendela, a student in the Art and Creative Design line – advanced studies in Graphic Illustration

Intended learning outcomes

The intended learning outcomes define what a learner will have acquired and will be able to do upon successfully completing their studies in a particular upper secondary school programme.

The intended learning outcomes for the Aesthetics Programme (

Programme structure

In the programme structure, you can see which subjects and courses are included in the educational programme. You can also see how many credits are earned for each course.

Programme structure for the Aesthetics Programme (pdf)

Five different specialisations

Art and Creative Design

  • You will learn various techniques for producing art and creative designs, both manually and digitally. You will develop your ability to create and express yourself, communicate visually, and experience, interpret, and reflect on issues from different perspectives.


  • You will learn various dance techniques for dance performance. You will develop your ability to portray and communicate through dance. You will learn the connection between dance techniques, creation, and performance activities, as well as how to experience dance from different perspectives.

Aesthetics and Media

  • You will learn about digital media and various techniques for their creation. You will develop your ability to create and communicate using digital tools, with a focus on sound, images and storytelling. You will experience, interpret and reflect on digital expressions from different perspectives.


  • You will learn about music and how to play music from different eras and cultures. You will develop your music practice, artistic creativity, and ability to experience and interpret music from different perspectives.


  • You will learn about theatre and acting, both on stage and behind the scenes. You will develop your ability to theatrically portray, communicate, experience and interpret both other students’ performances and professional theatrical performances from different perspectives.

Advanced studies

There are also areas of advanced studies within the Aesthetics Programme

Diploma project

At the end of the Aesthetics Programme, you must complete a diploma project. You will plan and carry out, and then evaluate a large project that is based on important areas of knowledge within the programme. In the Aesthetics Programme, the diploma project often takes the form of a review that mimics the forms of review that occur within the student’s specialisation and future areas of work, such as exhibitions and openings, various productions, theatrical performances and concerts. The diploma project can also be an academic study summarised in a written report.

After the programme and information about higher education entry requirements

If you want to fulfil the specific entry requirements for a particular higher education programme, it is important to plan your studies. If you want to continue your studies at a university or polytechnic, an independent adult education college with a vocational orientation, or in a special course for continued college prep or general subject specialisation, you can talk to a study and career counsellor.

The Aesthetics Programme provides you with the general entry requirements for studying at an institution of higher education and the possibility to choose additional courses in order to fulfil the specific entry requirements for a particular higher education programme.

Check what university entry requirements you will fulfil upon completing the programme

I had intended to apply for some college education: a bit of design, maybe enrol in some art programme. Now I want to continue my studies and become an architect. But I’ve been thinking about interior design and more design in general. I’ve seen several private schools that have excellent design programmes.

Wendela, a student in the Art and Creative Design line – advanced studies in Graphic Illustration