Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy

In the Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy, art pedagogy refers to artistic activity infused by pedagogical viewpoints, generating a field of continuous learning. The programme provides a strong foundation for creative and critical thinking, as well as development of solid artistic-pedagogical skills. Graduates of the Master’s Programme in dance pedagogy work in the field of performing arts and arts education in a variety of roles and contexts, e.g. in basic education in the arts, in primary schools and high schools, in vocational and higher education as well as in various artistic, pedagogic and communal contexts and projects.



In the master’s degree programme in dance pedagogy, learning takes place at the intersection of group dynamics and independent studies. Presence, commitment and genuine encounters form the foundation of students’ professional development. Investigative learning and constructive dialogue support students in constructing their own vision of art pedagogy and encourage them to challenge the status quo. 

Pedagogy studies for teachers at the Theatre Academy (60 credits)

Master's Degree in Dance Pedagogy

Master's Degree in Dance Pedagogy

Studying in the master’s degree programmes for dance/theatre pedagogy is an open process of interaction and learning, where we step into the unknown, take risks and try out new ways of doing. Studies take place in an encouraging environment that is based on listening to and encountering each other, assessing the big picture and critically evaluating our work.
Studies in the master’s degree programme in dance/theatre pedagogy are based on presence, commitment and interaction. The degree requirements give students the opportunity to plan their studies flexibly, with the yearly syllabus providing the framework. The weekly “timetable” contains the latest changes and current events.
The master’s degree programme in dance pedagogy operates in a domestic and international framework. Internal partners at Uniarts Helsinki include e.g. music pedagogy subjects at the Sibelius Academy and CERADA (Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts) and the Finnish art pedagogy observatory operating in connection with it. Important collaboration partners in education are the Art Department of Aalto University and the University of Tampere. For the teacher training phase we have both domestic and international collaboration partners. Our most important international partners are University of Auckland (National Institute for Creative Arts and Industries, Dance Studies Department) and the Al Harah theatre in Palestine.
The archive of the master’s degree programme contains publications, lecture recordings, videos, thesis projects, doctoral theses and lists of graduated students.




Eeva Anttila


Heli Kauppila


Part-time Lecturer
Maria Nurmela


Part-time Lecturer
Gesa Piper



Sanna From
Gabriele Goria
Sini Haapalinna
Riina Hannuksela
Riitta Hari
Liisa Jaakonaho
Laura Lehtinen
Liisa Risu (Korpiniitty)
Pilvi Porkola
Liisa Pentti
Nicholas Rowe
Tim Smith
Leena Rouhiainen
Marek Tesar
Tero Kaunisvuo
Katri Kauppala
Hanna Pohjola
Isto Turpeinen


How to apply

We invite applications to the Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy in January 2020. Applications will then be invited both from Finland and from outside of the country, and candidates with sufficient skills in English are welcome to apply. If international students are admitted, the entire class will be taught in both Finnish and English.


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Planning Officer
Justiina Westerinen