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Application to Master’s Degree Programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research (double-degree)

No admission in 2024. There is not yet information on the continuation of the programme.

Application Instructions for 2023 Student Selection for the Master’s Degree Programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

Please note that there is not yet information on the continuation of the programme.

Length of study and the language of the degree

  • Length of study: 2 years
  • Language of degree: English
  • Structure of the programme: double-degree

Eligibility for education

You are eligible to apply for Master’s Degree Programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research (double-degree) if you have:

  1. completed a bachelor’s degree awarded by a university
  2. completed a bachelor’s degree awarded by a university of applied sciences
  3. completed a corresponding BA (Bachelor of Arts) -level foreign degree, which in the country in question confers eligibility for corresponding higher education studies

Assessment of eligibility

Your eligibility will be assessed on the basis of your application, certificates and other reports.

A decision will be made on your eligibility before sending out invitations to the entrance examination. You will be notified of the decision by email during week 9 or 10.

Applying for transfer from another university

Applicants who are refugees or in a refugee-like situation

Language requirements

The degree language and the language of study in the Master’s Degree Programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research is English. The language of study is Finnish and/or English. In order to become accepted as a degree student, you must, in the application phase, demonstrate the language proficiency required by the studies in accordance with the language of instruction.

Study languages and the language of the degree in Theatre Academy

Tuition fee

Tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki are applicable to Bachelor’s and Master’s students who study in English and who are not citizens of EU, EEA, or Switzerland. 

Read more about tuition fees and scholarships

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria for the advance assignments and the entrance examinations: 

  • readiness and motivation to study in and commit to an international, research-oriented double-degree program 
  • experience, abilities, and knowledge related to combining artistic practice and theory 
  • the ability to critically reflect on one’s own work and think experimentally, exploratively, analytically 
  • breadth of thinking and the ability to work in different disciplines, media, contexts and collaborative situations 
  • ability to assume and/or share responsibility 
  • suitability for process-oriented dramaturgical work and research, as well as university studies 

Advance assignments

The advance assignments are of considerable importance in the selection process. Based on the assignments, only selected applicants are accepted to the subsequent phases of the application process. Beyond what is written below, no explanations or specifications concerning the advance assignments are provided. All advance assignments are to be submitted in English. Page size is A4, spacing 1.5, font size 12.

The advance assignments are assessed anonymously. The anonymity of the assignments aims to guarantee that the evaluation is based solely on the aforementioned assessment criteria.
All applicants are asked to not to include their name or other identifiers in the advance assignments. Name the assignment files as instructed below. Anonymization of files is done mechanically.

1. MA Research Plan

Write your MA research plan (1500-2500 words). Please consult the CDPR Curriculum while writing your plan. In the plan, please include the following parts:

a) applicant’s introduction: Shortly introduce your existing artistic and theoretical background, articulating the elements that support your ability to carry out your plan. 

b) background: Give some background on your research topic. 

c) questions or problems: What are the main questions and problems to be considered in this research project? In what way is this project dramaturgical or dramaturgy-led? 

d) implementations: How do you plan to implement your research? Describe how you plan to realize the separate parts: artistic and written theses. 

e) aims: Why would you like to complete this project? How is it relevant to you and your professional interests? 

f) motivation: Describe how your project relates to the goals of the Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research double-degree programme. How would this programme support you in the actualization of your plan, and how is your plan related to the profile of the programme? What is your motivation for applying to this programme? How would your research benefit from the international exchange with the partner universities? 

g) main sources of your research: the sources can be written, audiovisual, performances, other artworks etc. 

Give your research plan a title. Do not write your name or other personal identifiers on the research plan. Name the file: lastname_firstname_researchplan

2. An Abstract

Write an abstract of the research plan (a maximum of 200 words).
Do not write your name or other personal identifiers on the abstract. Name the file: lastname_firstname_abstract

3. An Artistic Sample

Create an artistic sample pertaining to your MA research plan. The artistic sample can be written (max. 2000 words), visual (max 10 images, all in one PDF), or audiovisual material (max. duration 10 min.) – or you can submit a combination of these elements. This is not a portfolio, showcasing your previous artistic works and accomplishments, even though materials from your previous works can be used here. These artistic materials should support your MA research plan and propose or demonstrate an artistic implementation of it.
Do not include your name or other personal identifiers on these samples. Name the file: lastname_firstname_sample

4. Artistic Role

Shortly describe your artistic role in the sample you have submitted. (As author of text, creator of visual images or audiovisual material, performer etc.). Max. 400 words.
Do not include your name or other personal identifiers on this document. Name the file: lastname_firstname_role

Student selections

A decision on the applicant’s eligibility will be made on week 9-10. Applicants found eligible/ ineligible will be informed of that decision via e-mail. Those who have passed the first phase based on their advance assignments will be sent invitations to phase 2 by e-mail during week 14 at the latest. Applicants cannot change the entrance examination times assigned to them. Applicants not considered eligible based on the advance assignments will also be notified via e-mail.

The selection process occurs in two phases

Within the second phase, there are subphases. Only selected applicants are invited to subsequent phases. Additional assignments requiring preparation may also be given during the selection process. All assignments are in English.

Phase 1
Submitting an online application form, advance assignments and appendices in Studyinfo portal

Phase 2
Entrance examinations…

Based on their advance assignments, selected applicants will be invited to Phase 2 (entrance examinations). Invitations to Phase 2 will be sent by e-mail during week 14 at the latest. Along with the invitation, selected applicants will receive an assignment to be submitted before the entrance examinations.

Phase 2 of the selections is organized remotely using online tools. Applicants are not required to travel to Helsinki at any point of the selection process.  

Applicants may be eliminated after each stage and assignment of the entrance examination.

The assignments of the entrance examinations are intended to demonstrate your skills and abilities related to the field of study. There are individual assignments, group assignments, and interviews.

More information about entrance examinations and assessment

Individual arrangements in the entrance examination

Help and advice

Do you have a question about applying?

You can contact us via email or phone.

Phone: +358 50 349 6672

Frequently asked questions

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