The academy’s core concept was founded by filmmaker Erol Mintaş in 2018.
Developed in collaboration with Botyrka Konsthall in Stockholm, with the support of the Swedish Institute.

The academy’s pedagogical approach was tested with a “test workshop” in 2018, directed by Erol Mintaş where the first group of lecturers, participants, and other team members formed. The workshop was supported by Goethe Insitute Finland.

The academy’s concept was fully launched in Helsinki, in 2019.
The academy is supported by Kone Foundation for 2019-2022.