Sammonkatu 8 H, 4th floor
15140 Lahti

Taika Design and Art School is a school of visual arts for children and young people, started out in 1982 as the Lahti Art School for Children and YoungPeople (Lahden lasten ja nuorten kuvataideoppilaitos). Nowadays Taika is a part of the Wellamo Community College and the Department of Education and Culture in the City of Lahti. Teaching is organized in such a way that it complies with the Act on Basic Education in the Arts and with the
basics of the Broad Curriculum prepared by the Finnish National Board of Education. About 290 students living in the Päijät-Häme region are studying at Taika – children and young people aged 5–20 years interested in visual expression and design.

Teaching is target-oriented and progressive from stage to stage. Teaching starts from early childhood education (children aged 5–6 years), from where the students move on to basic studies (children aged 7–12 years). During the last year of basic studies (children aged 12 years) and the first year's advanced workshop studies (children aged 13 years) the students study in periodical work shops, after which they continue on to advanced work shop studies (young people aged 14–20).

Students must create a thesis if they want a certificate of graduation in the broad curriculum of fine arts, advanced studies. The student must be at least 16 years old, and must have studied visual arts or design related to the subject of their thesis for 2 – 3 school years.

The studies required for the broad curriculum are 1300h (basic studies 540h and advanced workshop studies), and they start from basic studies, that is from the phase when the student moves from group 0 to group 1. Early childhood education serves as an orientation to basic studies.

The goal of the teaching is to familiarize the students with the concepts,techniques and materials in the field of visual arts and design, and to give them the chance to improve their knowledge and skills. The student's own experientiality and form of expression serve as a starting point, supported by the contents and goals of the teaching. The language of instruction at Taika is Finnish.

Taika functions on the principle of chargeable services. The tuition fee is 175 € for students living in Lahti, and 230 € for people outside Lahti.


Cancellation of studying for the spring semester of 2018.

If a student doesn't continue studying in the spring semester of 2018, please remember to inform the Wellamo- office before the deadline of 12th of December. Cancellation of studying cannot be made to the teacher.

After the date the 12th of December the fee has to be payed in full.

Cancellation of studying for the academic year .

If a student doesn't continue studying the next academic year of 2017-2018, Wellamo-office has to be informed by at the latest of April of 2017. Cancellation cannot be made to the teacher.

The placement for the academic year of 2017-2018 can be cancelled yet in August of 2017, the fee of 10€ will be charged.




The teachers working at Taika are professionals from different fields of visual arts and design.