Pacius Fund to grant follow-up funding for the preparatory project of a master’s programme in musical theatre

At the beginning of 2023, Uniarts Helsinki initiated a project with the support of the Pacius Fund from Svenska Litteratursällskapet to explore the possibility of establishing a joint master’s programme in musical theater between the Sibelius Academy and the Theatre Academy.

Roosa Oksaharju Uniarts Helsinki’s music theatre production Mayday (2021)

Svenska Litteratursällskapet has granted a follow-up funding of 60,000 euros for the project for the year 2024.

Preparatory project on a new master’s programme

The two-year master’s programme in musical theatre (120 credits) would offer the highest education in the field in Finland. Musical theatre is one of the few art fields that currently does not have an educational continuum from a lower university degree to a master’s degree.

The preparation of the master’s programme involves the Open Campus, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy. Anna Heikkilä serves as the project manager, and Tuuli Talvitie, the vice dean of the Sibelius Academy, chairs the preparatory group.

In spring 2023, the Waldemar von Frenckell Foundation made a five-year donation to Theatre Academy, corresponding to 550,000 euros in total. The donation will make it possible to establish a fixed-term professorship in musical theatre. The professorship will be announced vacant in an open call at the beginning of 2024.

The potential master’s programme would be the first joint degree programme involving two academies of Uniarts Helsinki. The decision regarding the establishment of the master’s programme will be made later.

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