Master's Degree Programme in Theatre Pedagogy

In the two-year master’s degree programme in theatre pedagogy, the students gain a firm foundation for individual and analytical thinking as well as practical skills in art pedagogy. The programme emphasises a reflective, critical and creative standpoint on the practices and pedagogy of performing arts. Theatre pedagogues work in basic art education, comprehensive schools and high schools, vocational education, and a variety of other fields.

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The master’s programme in theatre pedagogy is an adventure into an open learning process. The adventure that is offered is a result of the choices made by you as a student, your peers, the teachers, and the curriculum. The students are encouraged to take risks, make bold choices, and look for new horizons. In the programme, we start from the idea that it is only by stepping into the unknown that new ways of acting and thinking can be found. The master’s programme in theatre pedagogy is a safe environment for inquiry-based learning, building on inspiration, encouragement, respect, dialogue, and a comprehensive approach.


As a graduate from the master’s programme in dance or theatre pedagogy, you will be a versatile and pioneering professional with extensive work opportunities in art pedagogy. In the programme, you will learn to think independently and analytically, and gain practical skills in art pedagogy. You will develop a reflective, questioning, and pioneering stance towards art and art pedagogy.


Graduates of the master’s programme in theatre pedagogy work in basic art education, comprehensive schools and high schools, vocational education, and a variety of other fields. The programme will provide you with both extensive pedagogical qualifications and the eligibility for doctoral study.


In everyday speech, we refer to the master’s programme in dance or theatre pedagogy as “peda”. The name is apt: pedagogy penetrates everything we do. Learning and teaching are the objectives and content of our activities.


Study in the master’s programme in dance or theatre pedagogy is a mixture of teaching, interaction, and independent study. Concentration, commitment, and responsibility to yourself and your peers are the basis of learning and the prerequisites for professional growth.


The degree requirements guide the study, provide a flexible environment for study planning, and guarantee your rights as a student. They are revised every five years.


The annual curriculum is based on the degree regulations, the needs of the students, the resources available, and current events and topics.


The curriculum enables a flexible connection between different contents. The actual creation of the connections between different contents is up to you as a student.  A smooth progress of study is best reached if you follow the existing curriculum.


Mobility courses and other study modules included in your individual study plan are best fitted in your schedule if you think of the pre-set modules of the curriculum as undividable entities. Credits will normally be awarded only for complete study modules and require a minimum of 80% class attendance.


The Timetable shows the latest revisions to the weekly schedule (cancellations, changes to rooms, etc.). There will be alterations, so please check the schedules on a weekly basis on Artsi.


The Languages of Teaching and Degree are Finnish and English. Student has the right to use written or spoken Swedish in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of the teaching makes it impossible. In certain years, the Master’s degree programme admits students who study in English. If a programme admits new students to study in English, some of the teaching will also be in English to students pursuing a degree in Finnish.

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Master's Degree in Theatre Pedagogy

Master's Degree in Theatre Pedagogy

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


Kaija Kangas                       

Lecturer, doctoral student
Riku Saastamoinen

How to apply

The next application period for University of the Arts Helsinkis study programmes will be in January 2018.

Contact information

All University of the Arts Helsinki e-mail addresses are in the form firstname.lastname (at)


Justiina Westerinen