8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training
In 2006, 604 Bachelor or Master's level graduates graduated from the 4 art universities and the number of graduates from the cultural and media programmes of the polytechnics grew from 420 in 1999 to 1 850 in 2006.
The Finnish art universities have adapted well to the grade and credit systems pre-supposed by the Bologna process. In the polytechnics, where many professional degrees correspond to the bachelor-level university degree, there is now interest to introduce new higher level programmes and degrees.
The art schools, polytechnics and art universities have been criticised for admitting too many students to their study programmes. On the other hand, the present education policies do not set qualitative performance requirements for educational institutions. Instead, most of the public financing to the universities and other institutes of higher education is based on the number of students and graduates.