Application Instructions for 2023 Student Selection for the Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Performance
Please note that there will be changes to these admission criteria and advance assignments in the next application round.
Length of study and the language of the degree
- Length of study: 2 years
- Language of degree: Finnish or English
Eligibility for education
You can apply for Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Performance if you have:
- completed a higher education degree in Finland and your degree includes at least 60 ECTS credits worth of studies in dance or performing arts or a supporting field
- completed a bachelor’s degree abroad, which in the country concerned grants eligibility to undertake higher education studies at master’s level, and your degree comprises at least 60 ECTS credits worth of studies in dance or performing arts or a supporting field
- if you have acquired sufficient knowledge and competence, as determined by the Theatre Academy, on the basis of your studies and work experience in the field. In this case, you must have completed at least 60 ECTS credits worth of higher education studies in dance or performing arts or a supporting field by the end of the application period. In addition, we require at least two years of full-time work in the field of dance art (equal to 120 ECTS credits worth of studies).
This option is intended for applicants with an incomplete undergraduate degree or applicants who have completed other studies in the arts, such as studies at the Open University.
Attachments required to verify eligibility
Attach a degree certificate and a transcript of records to your application. Clearly mark the minimum number of ECTS credits (60) required in the transcript of records or a separate appendix for dance or performing arts studies or the higher education studies supporting them.
Attach a degree certificate and a transcript of records as well as Diploma Supplement to your application. If a Diploma Supplement is not available, provide a separate report on the status of the foreign degree in the education system of the country of study, and a description of the duration of the programme. Clearly mark the minimum number of ECTS credits (60) required in the transcript of records or a separate appendix for dance or performing arts studies or the higher education studies supporting them.
Attach a transcript of records of the minimum number of ECTS credits (60) required for dance or performing arts or the higher education studies that support them. In addition, provide a clear itemisation of two years of full-time work in the field of dance art (production, employer/work group, performance venue, training period, performances).
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.
The language of degree in the Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Performance is Finnish or 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.
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.
The assessment criteria for the advance assignments and the entrance examinations:
- knowledge and artistic abilities in the field of dance
- ability to reflect artistic activity
- ability to understand the frames of assignments and to articulate creatively out of them
- creativity and variety of expression
- collaboration and interaction skills
- motivation and commitment
- suitability for higher education studies in dance performance
No further explanation or more detailed information will be available on the advance assignments. The advance assignments may be completed in Finnish, Swedish or English. Please mark your name on each assignment.
1. An essay
Write an essay that describes the key themes and questions related to your current work as a dancer and artist that you would like to work with in the Master’s Programme. Establish a broader context for your thinking using at least 2 sources, such as artworks or texts, and include the appropriate references. In your essay, also explain why you are applying for this Master’s Programme and what you expect from your studies.
Essay length: 2–3 sheets (A4) of typed text, font size 12, line spacing 1.5
Name your file: lastname_ firstname_essay
2. Video sample
Make a 5 min video sample with two parts.
In the first part (a), work with movement, on one of the themes or questions you presented in the essay for 3 min. Make the video as a single shot so that the result corresponds to a live situation. Choose the lighting and video angle so that your entire activity is seen as well as possible.
In the second part (b), explain verbally your work in video a for 2 min. Tell how and with what you worked? Make the video in one shot.
Merge the two videos together into a one 5-minute sample. Do not edit or modify the videos in any other way. Name your file: lastname_firstname_video
Prepare a digital portfolio presenting your artistic work. Include video/video links of your previous work as a dancer/performer in the portfolio. In addition to videos, the portfolio may also contain photos and/or text. Name your file: lastname_ firstname_portfolio
The advance assignments are evaluated, and the first round of selections is carried out on the basis of them. Advance assignments are part of the entrance examination assignments and affect the applicant’s final overall assessment.
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. 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 three phases. Applicants are not required to travel to Helsinki at any point of the selection process.
Submitting an online application form, advance assignments and appendices in Studyinfo portal
Remote online entrance examinations.
Assignment instructions will be sent by email on week x at the latest.
The applicants need to submit the Phase 2 assignments by…
The assignments are video and/or written assignments.
Remote online entrance examinations in Zoom according to individually designated schedules on…
The invitation and possible assignments to be prepared for phase 3 will be sent on week 17.
Applicants can be eliminated during entrance examinations. Additional assignments requiring preparation may also be given during the selection process.
The group assignments will take place in English. The individual assignments can be carried out in Finnish, Swedish or English.
Help and advice
Do you have a question about applying?
You can contact us via email or phone.
Phone: +358 50 349 6672