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Admissions Guide 2019
Student Admissions instructions of Master’s level studies at Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki: when to apply, required certificates, advance assignments, application instructions.
The Theatre Academy admits new students every spring.
The next application period is 8 January – 22 January 2020.
Entrance exams/auditions are held in April-May 2020.
Admissions Guide will be published on this website at the end of October 2019.
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Student Admissions 2019 / Applying to the Theatre Academy takes place electronically:
- Fill in the application form and submit it via the Opintopolku (Studyinfo) service. Opintopolku/Studyinfo is the national Finnish application system.
- Depending on the degree programme, advance assignments with attachments are to be submitted through Opintopolku or the Embark system.
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Prior to applying, make sure you have all the necessary documents and have acquainted yourself with the Theatre Academy's admission criteria as well as the admission criteria of each separate programme so that you know your rights and obligations in the application process.
Theatre Academy admissions services respond to queries during weekdays between 9:00-15:00, Tel +358 50 349 6672, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are applying to the doctoral programme, please find additional information on the doctoral education webpage. If you are a student of Uniarts Helsinki and applying to change your study right, read more on our intranet.
We select new students once a year, in spring. The following application period, for studies beginning in autumn 2019, begins 9 January 2019 and ends 23 January 2019 at 3 p.m.
► Complete and submit the online application form by 23 January 2019 at 3 p.m. (Finnish time).
► Submit the advance assignments online by 30 January 2019 at 3 p.m. (Finnish time).
► Submit certificates and CV online by 30 January 2019 at 3 p.m. (Finnish time).
Decisions on applicant eligibility (MA programmes and studies) are made during weeks 9-10.
Applicants will be notified during weeks 10-11 if their application has been rejected for any of the following reasons:
- advance assignments have arrived late
- advance assignments have not been delivered
- advance assignments have been incomplete
- a language certificate attesting to competence in the language of teaching/examination has not been delivered
Entrance examinations are arranged in April-May.
Results will be published on 6 June 2019 at 9 a.m. (Finnish time).
You should accept your study place no later than 8 July 2019 by 3 p.m.
You will find more detailed instructions on how to apply in the admission criteria of each separate programme.
See the Study Options
Acquaint yourself with the different Study Options at the Theatre Academy.
Make sure you have the basic education that is required. You can read more about eligibility requirements in the admissions criteria of each separate degree programme.
You can apply to one or several programmes at the Theatre Academy. Please note your order of preference on the application form. You cannot change the chosen programmes or their internal order of preference after the end of the application period.
NB! An applicant may not apply for both a five-year programme and two-year Master’s studies in the same degree programme in the same year (Acting, Directing, Lighting Design, Sound Design). If an applicant submits an application for both the five-year programme and two-year Master’s studies, only the application for the five-year programme will be considered.
Complete and Submit the Online Application Form
You apply to the Theatre Academy via the joint application system Studyinfo.fi (opintopolku.fi). Complete your application form between 9-23 January by 3 p.m. (Finnish time)
Before filling in your application form, check the requirements of the degree programme, such as eligibility and advance assignments, from the admission criteria of the degree programmes.
You will find the study options of the Theatre Academy under ’universities’ and University of the Arts Helsinki in Opintopolku.
In your application, note all basic education you have completed, including degrees you are currently working on. If you will not graduate until after the application period, tick the programme you will be graduating from and list the current year as year of graduation.
You do not need to fill in questions about knowledge and experience when you are applying to the Theatre Academy.
Once you have submitted your application form, you will receive a message of confirmation from the address email@example.com.
Special Arrangements at Entrance Examinations
If you have a sensory or motor disability or an illness, or another, similar reason for requiring special arrangements at the entrance examinations, please contact the Theatre Academy admissions services within the application period.
You will need to submit to admission services a statement from a medical specialist or another similar expert statement stating the nature of the disability or illness and the need for special arrangements. Read more about our admission criteria.
Submit the Advance Assignments
All degree programmes of the Theatre Academy give obligatory advance assignments as part of the application process.
Submit the advance assignments online by 30 January 2019 at 3 p.m. (Finnish time).
Advance assignments submitted after the 30 January 2019 at 3 p.m. (Finnish time) deadline will not be considered.
More information about required advance assignments and how to submit them can be found in the admission criteria of each degree programme.
Submit certificates and CV online by 30 January 2019 at 3 p.m. (Finnish time).
The admission criteria of individual degree programmes contain instructions on submitting certificates.
All applicants need to supply:
- a certificate of completed basic degree
- a certificate of language skills in the teaching language of the degree programme
If you have passed the Finnish Matriculation Examination in or after 1990 you do not have to submit a certificate to the Theatre Academy.
You must have the appendices translated by an authorised translator, if they are in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English.
The eligibility and advance assignments of each applicant are evaluated, and those making it through to the next round will be sent an invitation to the e-mail address they provided in the application form. Those who, on account of eligibility and advance assignments, did not make it to the next round will also be notified via e-mail.
If you have not received an invitation when 2 weeks remain until the entrance examinations, check your spam folder first; then contact the Theatre Academy admissions services: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants cannot change the entrance examination times assigned to them.
As the entrance examinations of various programmes will partly coincide, you must decide which entrance examination you plan to take in case you are applying to several different programmes.
Theatre Academy’s entrance examinations will take place in Helsinki in the Academy facilities at Haapaniemenkatu 6 and Lintulahdenkatu 3 (for Lighting Design and Sound Design). Entrance examinations for the English-speaking MA Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies will be arranged in the form of a Skype interview.
Applicants may be eliminated after each stage and assignment of the entrance examination.
At the entrance examinations you will be briefed on how results from the different stages will be communicated to you.
The results of the interim stages of the entrance examinations will be announced on Theatre Academy noticeboards as well as on a closed website for which applicants will receive a username and password together with the invitation.
On request, you are to prove your identity at the entrance examinations.
Depending on the number of applicants, not all examinations may take place on the date given.
Applicants taking an entrance examination while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be asked to leave.
Entrance examinations may be filmed to facilitate the work of the assessment panel. The Theatre Academy may keep the films as part of the administrative duties associated with entrance examinations. By taking an entrance examination, the applicant permits the use of such films in assessing and further developing the examination.
Applicants take part in the entrance exams in their own responsibility. Theatre Academy is neither responsible for possible accidents during the examinations nor for applicants’ personal belongings.
Publication of Results
Results of the entrance exams
You will be notified via e-mail if you have been awarded a study place or been put on the waiting list. Other applicants will not be notified of the selection results via e-mail.
We publish the results of the entrance exams on 6 June 2019 at 9 a.m. on the Uniarts Helsinki website. When you fill in your application form you can choose to not allow your name to be published online.
The decision is also posted on the door of the Theatre Academy on Haapaniemenkatu 6, facing Sörnäisten rantatie.
Request for Rectification
You can request rectification from Uniarts Helsinki if you feel that a mistake has occurred in our decision-making. The rectification procedure is not intended for requests for feedback or additional information about admissions.
Accept a Study Place
You need to accept your study place by 8 July 2019 at 3 p.m. at the latest.
You can accept your study place electronically in Studyinfo.fi (Opintopolku.fi) or by mailing us a paper version of your acceptance. The notification form is enclosed to e-mail of acceptance that you received.
Applicants who are liable for annual tuition fee payment are to pay the fee in connection with the acceptance of a study place no later than 8 July 2019 at 3 pm Finnish time. Students are required to pay the annual tuition fee in order to begin the residence permit process, register for attendance at the university and complete studies.
Your decision to accept a study place is binding.
Depending on the degree programme, studies will begin in August-September.
Under certain circumstances you can apply for the right to be absent from your studies for a period of time. Apply to the university for this right, in writing, no later than by 3 p.m. on 8 July 2019.
Read more about our admission criteria.