In the Arts Study Programme, the demonstration of proficiency consists of Artistic Demonstration
and a Thesis.
Artistic Demonstration: a combination of five entities called Components. Together, the Components of an Artistic Demonstration must be equal to five Demonstration Recitals, both in terms of duration and artistic ambition. The Components are defined in the Candidate's doctoral study plan.
Demonstration Recital: a recital constituting a Component in the Candidate's Artistic Demonstration.
Component: for example, a demonstration recital, a recording of such a recital, a publically available recording of some other kind, a performance, an artistic presentation or a display, a liturgy, a composition or a score.
Artistic Committee: the five-member panel of experts evaluating the Components of the Artistic Demonstration. Every Candidate has an individually appointed Artistic Committee.
Evaluation Meeting: a meeting of the Artistic Committee, to be held immediately after evaluating an artistic Component. In the meeting, the Committee makes an initial decision about approving or rejecting the Component.
Feedback Discussion: a meeting between the Candidate and the Artistic Committee, to be held immediately after the Evaluation Meeting, during which the participants discuss the artistic Component(s) the Committee has just evaluated.
Grade Committee: a committee convening immediately after the public examination of the demonstration of proficiency. It consists of the Chair of the public examination, who will also be the Chair of the Grade Committee as a non-voting member, the Chair of the Artistic Committee and one of the Thesis Examiners. The Grade Committee proposes a grade for the demonstration of proficiency, to be confirmed by the Academic Council.
An Artistic Committee and a Committee Chair will be appointed to each candidate in the Arts Study Programme to evaluate all Components in the Artistic Demonstration, such as concerts, compositions or recordings. The Committee is appointed by the Academic Council on the proposal of the Doctoral School. The Committee listens to and evaluates the performances and either approves or rejects them immediately after the concert. If the Component is a publically available recording, it is to be evaluated according to a separate evaluation procedure. If the Artistic Committee rejects a component, it can ask the Candidate to renew it. In addition to the approval or non-approval, the Committee gives the Candidate feedback and advises him/her in preparation for the following Artistic Components. If necessary, the Committee can suggest supplementary studies or changes in the remaining artistic Components.
After the concert or other event containing performances of the artistic Components, the Chair presides over the following two meetings:
The Chair’s Responsibilities during the Evaluation Meeting and Feedback Discussion:
The Chair’s Responsibilities after the Evaluation Meeting and Feedback Discussion:
The Chair’s Tasks related to the Public Examination:
If there are questions concerning the functions of the Artistic Committee and its Chair that these instructions do not cover, the statutes to be consulted are the Degree Regulations of the Sibelius Academy and other such regulations.
The recording must always be pre-examined. If the pre-examiner approves the recording, the Candidate submits it to all Artistic Committee members.
Immediately after the pre-examination, the Chair contacts the Artistic Committee members with a deadline for the members’ written comments as to whether or not they approve the component.
If the Candidate wants to discuss the statement with the Artistic Committee, a meeting may be convened if the practical arrangements can be kept within reason (an international Committee member, for example, cannot be obliged to participate). The Chair will inform the Candidate about the possibility of a meeting.
An individual Component of the Artistic Demonstration will be evaluated either as “approved” or “non-approved”.
When all Components in the Artistic Demonstration have been approved, the Artistic Committee agrees on a provisional grade for the entire demonstration. The grade can be either “approved” or “passed with distinction”. The latter can be bestowed upon an Artistic Demonstration that undisputedly fulfils the criteria of an exceptionally high-grade entirety, in terms of artistic quality, the Candidate's artistic development during the demonstration, the ambitiousness of the objectives of the doctoral project and the functionality of the Components. The grade “passed with distinction” can be given only if the Artistic Committee is unanimous.
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A separate Grade Committee will propose a grade for the demonstration of proficiency, to be presented to the Academic Council. The Grade Committee will base its proposition on the Final Statement on the entire Artistic Demonstration and Thesis, on the provisional grade suggested by the Artistic Committee and on the manner in which the Candidate defends his/her project in the
public examination. The final grade is then determined by the Academic Council, based on the suggestion of the Grade Committee.
The grade for the demonstration of proficiency can be either “approved” or “non-approved”. Moreover, in case of an exceptionally high-level demonstration of proficiency, the grade “passed with distinction” can be granted. The latter grade is possible only if proposed by both the Artistic Committee and the Thesis Examiner(s).
The Grade Committee convenes immediately after the public examination of the demonstration of proficiency. The Grade Committee consists of the Chair of the public examination, the Chair of the Artistic Committee, and the Thesis Examiner. If there is more than one Thesis Examiner, the one participating in the public examination will also be a member of the Grade Committee. The Chair of the public examination is also the Chair of the
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