Apply to Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography

Spring applications 2021. Information about the timetable, certificates required, preliminary tasks and taking part in the entrance examinations.

Length of study and the language of the degree

  • Length of study: 2 years
  • Language of degree: Finnish or English

Uniarts Helsinki’s admissions are part of the Finnish Joint application for higher education. Applying takes place via Application period is 7 -20 January 2021 (at 3pm EET).

Admission criteria

Eligibility for education

An applicant is eligible for the two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography if they have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in dance, theatre or another applicable field
  2. an applicable degree in a university of applied sciences
  3. a corresponding BA (Bachelor of Arts) -level foreign degree, which in the country in question confers eligibility for corresponding higher education studies


  4. sufficient knowledge and competence based on studies, artistic activity and work experience, acknowledged by the Theatre Academy.
    This admission criterion is intended for applicants whose undergraduate degree is incomplete or who have separate university-level studies in the arts (e.g. through the Open University).
    The applicant needs to have completed university studies worth at least 60 ECTS study credits, the applicability of which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Studies may comprise university-level studies in theatre or dance performance, or studies in support of these, and have to be completed by the end of the application period. In addition to 60 study credits, applicants need to have strong proof of artistic activity corresponding to approximately 120 credits’ worth of studies / two years’ full-time work in the field of the application target.

The applicant’s eligibility will be assessed based on the applicant’s application and certificates.

A decision on the applicant’s eligibility will be made before sending out invitations to the entrance examination.

Applicants found ineligible will be informed of that decision. Applicants found eligible will be informed of that decision via email by week 9-10. NB. Only those who, based on their advanced assignments, proceed to the next stage of the application process will be invited to the entrance examination.

The selection to the Master’s degree programme is conditional for those applicants who have not completed a Bachelor’s degree or another applicable first-cycle degree at the time of the selection process. These applicants must deliver a certificate of completed Bachelor’s studies or other applicable first-cycle degree to Admissions Services by 16 July 2021 at 3pm (EET) otherwise their conditional selection will be cancelled. A conditional decision does not concern applicants who are selected based on their studies, artistic activity and work experience.

Uniarts Helsinki may require a student admitted to pursue a master’s degree to complete supplementary studies of a scope equivalent to a maximum of one year of studies in addition to the minimum number of ECTS credits required by their degree programme  so that the student achieves the skills needed in the studies.
In principle, the supplementary studies must be completed during the first year of studies, and they are included in the student’s personal study plan. If supplementary studies are required, the student is notified of this in connection with the admission decision.

Applying for transfer from another university

Applicants who are refugees or in a refugee-like situation

Language requirements

The language of degree in the Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography is Finnish or English. The language of study is Finnish and/or English.

The programme admits students who study in either Finnish or English. If the programme admits new students to study in English, some of the teaching will be offered in English to the entire class.

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. However, most of the group instruction is in Finnish and/or English.

In order to be admitted as a degree student at Uniarts Helsinki, applicants must have command of the language of instruction used in the programme. They must demonstrate their skills with a successfully completed language proficiency test or with prior studies. In addition, the Selection Committee assesses the applicant’s language skills during entrance examinations through written and practical assignments and interviews.

Having sufficient language skills is, in principle, a requirement in order to be eligible to apply, and it ensures that the applicant has demonstrated educability and suitability for university-level education and has the communication skills needed as a student.

The applicant should attest sufficient language skills by 27 January 2021 by 3pm (EET):

  • if the applicant is attesting sufficient language skills by way of another degree than the Finnish Matriculation Examination in or after 1990. The applicant is to submit the diploma.
  • if the applicant wish to use prior studies as proof of their sufficient language skills but haven’t yet completed the degree (e.g. candidates for the Finnish matriculation examination and applicants who are studying towards a bachelor’s degree). The applicant is to submit a certificate of completed studies along with a statement about the estimated time of graduation.

The applicant should attest sufficient language skills by 10 March 2021 by 3pm (EET):

  • If the applicant is attesting sufficient language skills by way of a language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS). The applicant is to submit a certificate of successful completion of the language test. 

Applicants who have passed the Finnish Matriculation Examination in or after 1990 do not have to submit a certificate at the application stage.

Study languages and the language of the degree in Theatre Academy

Demonstrating the language proficiency

Demonstrating proficiency in English for programmes taught in English

Applicants may demonstrate their proficiency in english in the following ways:

  • General education completed in English in an EU or EEA country or in Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
  • University degree or a university of applied sciences degree completed in English in an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
  • University or a university of applied sciences degree completed in Finnish or Swedish in Finland, which includes foreign language studies in English in accordance with the decree 794/2004 or 1129/2014
    • Foreign language studies in English that are included in an incomplete Finnish university/university of applied sciences degree, as well as studies completed in some other manner, can also be approved, provided that the studies comply with the decree. In this case, the applicant must send a transcript of study records to Uniarts Helsinki along with a copy of the degree requirements of the higher education institution in question or some other document that states which language studies are required for the degree.
  • English test of the Finnish matriculation examination completed in the advanced syllabus level (A-level language) with a minimum grade of magna cum laude approbatur (M)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    • diploma completed in English
    • passing grade in the English test (literature / language and literature / literature and performance) on level A
    • minimum grade of 5 (good) in the English language test on level B
  • European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma
    • passing grade in English as the L1 language
    • minimum grade of 7 in English as the L2 or L3 language
  • A Reifeprüfung diploma (Deutsche Schule Helsinki) can be used as proof of sufficient language skills if the applicant has received a passing grade in the written level A English test (or an equivalent result in Deutsches Internationales Abitur) or a minimum grade of 8 in the oral level A English test
  • Certificate of a completed language test approved by Uniarts Helsinki
    • TOEFL (IBT)
      • Total score: 92
    • IELTS (Academic)
      • Overall Band Score: 6.5
    • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE): accepted grades are A, B, C and Level C1
    • Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE): accepted grades are A, B, C and Level B2
    • Cambridge English B2 First (FCE): Accepted grades are A, B, and C.
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic)
      • Total score: 59
    • National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI) in English awarded by the Finnish National Agency for Education
      • all subtests of the test completed on level 4 (reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension, speaking)
      • alternatively, a passing grade (different test occasions may be combined) in a minimum of three subtests of the test on the highest level (levels 5 and 6)

Online tests of the aforementioned language test organisers are also suitable demonstrations of language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, IELTS Indicator).

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE test results are valid for two years from the test date. The test result must be valid in the year in which the applicant is applying to the university so that it can be considered proof of the applicant’s proficiency in English. Cambridge and National Certificate of Language Proficiency results are valid indefinitely.

See Finnish site for Apply to Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography for information about demonstrating proficiency in Finnish for programmes taught in Finnish.

Annual tuition fees

In the academic year 2021-2022, University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) will charge an annual tuition fee of 5,000 euros from non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a foreign language. The amount of the fee will stay the same for the duration of a particular student’s studies. The amount of the tuition fee is confirmed on a yearly basis.

In the 2021 student admissions of the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki, tuition fees will apply to applicants applying to one of our English-speaking degree programmes;

  • Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Performance
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies
  • Master’s Studies in Directing

The fee cannot be charged to a citizen of a Member State of the European Economic Area, or to a person who is entitled to the same treatment as EU citizens under a treaty signed by the European Union and its Member States with a third party or to a family member of the above-mentioned individuals. Nor can it be charged to a person with an EU Blue Card, a continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EC residence permit issued to third-country nationals as referred to in the Aliens Act, or to a family member of the above-mentioned individuals. The definition of persons regarded as family members is based on the Finnish Aliens Act.

Exemption from tuition fees

You are exempted from paying tuition fees if you have one of the following documents:

  • Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
  • EU Blue Card in Finland
  • Continuous residence permit card in Finland, Type A permit
  • EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland
  • Permanent residence permit card in Finland, Type P permit
  • EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)

Temporary permit cards and passports must be valid at least until the start of studies.

Please check the FAQ of the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees. For more information about tuition fees in general, see Finnish Immigration Service. Please note that students from non-EU/non-EEA countries have to apply for residence permits, which are issued based on documents of available funds (appr. EUR 7,000/year).

If the applicant is liable for payment due to their nationality, they must use the application form in the Study info portal to notify whether there are above mentioned grounds that would apply and release the applicant from payment. The applicant must provide the necessary documents that prove release from liability for payment and submit them to the admissions office by 27 January 2021 at 3pm (EET).  

If the applicant’s liability to pay the fee changes after the application deadline, they must contact the admissions office immediately.

Tuition fee waivers

Uniarts Helsinki has a scholarship programme for students who are liable for payment in the form of tuition fee waivers.

If you are liable for payment, you must state on the application form if you want to apply for a scholarship from Uniarts Helsinki to cover the annual tuition fee if you are admitted as a student.

  • The scholarships are granted for one academic year at a time based on the students’ applications
  • The scholarships are either 50% or 100% tuition fee waivers
  • New tuition fee paying degree students who have applied for the scholarship will be granted a tuition fee waiver of EUR 2,500 (50%) on their first academic year
  • The scholarships are personal to the applicant to whom they are awarded, and there is no reserve list system in the scholarship programme
  • The decisions on scholarships cannot be appealed against.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified of the decision personally at the same time as you receive the admission results. Students who are liable for payment have the right to apply for scholarships during the normative duration of their studies. The scholarships are applied for and the decisions regarding scholarships are made annually.

The annual tuition fee must be paid no later than 16 July 2021 at 3pm (EET). The application process for a residence permit can only begin after the annual tuition fee has been paid. Uniarts Helsinki recommends students to pay the annual tuition fee as soon as possible after they receive the notification of their admissions.

Students are required to pay the annual tuition fee in order to register for attendance and complete studies and to obtain a residence permit.

Assessment criteria

The advance assignments and entrance examinations focus on the applicant’s:

  • skills and knowledge in contemporary dance and choreography
  • ability to understand and develop choreographic ideas, opportunities and practices in relation to the current field of contemporary art and society
  • curiosity and ability to explore and create choreographic practices related to the body
  • curiosity and ability to use the possibilities of theoretical discourses in the development of choreographic practices
  • readiness and ability to interact and communicate constructively in different study and work situations
  • motivation, openness and commitment
  • maturity for studies in higher education

In addition, the selection board’s task is to find a team with good group dynamics for studying.

Advance assignments

Advance assignments are not specified or explained in more detail. Advance assignments can be completed in Finnish, Swedish or English. If the applicant submits the first and second assignments in Finnish or Swedish, an English summary of the text in 250–300 words must be attached to the assignments. Please mark your name on each assignment.

Assignment 1. Writing Task: Description

  • Describe your relationship to contemporary dance and choreography and tell us about your motivation to study in this particular degree programme. 
    • Tell us about your artistic interests in relation to choreography and share the  questions you would be especially interested to process and research in your studies.
    • Add a passage where you describe the main goals for your studies. Length at most 2 pages (A4).
    • Name the file: lastname_firstname_description

Assignment 2. Writing Task: Analysis

  • Describe and analyse the premises of an artist or collective working in the field of choreography using one of their works as an example.
  • Specify why and how the work in question is relevant to your own choreographic thinking.
  • Find texts and other material on the choreographer/collective in question and use this material as a reflective source of your writing and arguments.
  • Mark your sources correctly. In order for your assignment to be accepted, you will need to use sources and source references. Length at most 2 pages (A4).
    Name the file: lastname_firstname_analysis

Assignment 3. Documentation of artistic activities

  1. Provide a video sample of your choreographic work. The sample should be max 10 minutes long. The sample may be an excerpt of an already existing work or it may be shot for the purpose of the application. The sample does not have to be from a performance on stage but could have been made in a rehearsal studio or other environment, for example.
    Name the file: lastname_firstname_documentation_1
  2. In an another video, speak about your making process and choreographic choices of this sample, duration  max 5 min.
    Name the file: lastname_firstname_documentation_2
  3. Make a pdf file containing 1-3 samples of your artistic experience and / or activities. It may include links, images and text.
    Name the file: lastname_firstname_documentation_3

• NOTE! To successfully complete the documentation task, you must have clearly and comprehensibly marked your role in each sample (performer, choreographer, other).

Phase 2 Assignment
The applicants are invited to the entrance examination based on the evaluation of the advance assignments. The applicants who are to be invited to the entrance examination for phase 2 will be given assignments that require preparation. These assignments will be given during week 13 at the latest.

To the entrance exams at the Theatre Academy will be invited 10-14 applicants.

How to apply

Application period is 7 -20 January 2021 (at 3pm EET).

Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography can be found on the Studyinfo portal under the name of; Master’s Admission: Choreography, Master of Arts in Dance (2 yr)

1. Complete and submit an online application form at the Studyinfo portal by 20 January 2021 at 3pm (EET).

2. Submit Advance Assignments and Appendices via Studyinfo portal by 27 January 2021 at 3pm (EET).

  • Advance assignments
    Name the advance assignments in accordance with the assignment instructions.

  • Resume/CV A clear list of your studies, artistic activities and work experience related to the field.
    Name your file: lastname_firstname_cv

  • Documents demonstrating your educational background
    A degree certificate and a transcript of record of a completed degree suitable for master’s studies, or a certificate of student status and a transcript of record of ongoing studies.
    Any other certificates of studies that you wish to be considered during the selection process.
    Name your files: lastname_firstname_document, such as: lastname_firstname_degreecertificate, lastname_firstname_transcript

  • Diploma Supplement (DS)
    If you are applying with a foreign degree, please submit a Diploma Supplement (DS). 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 grading scale used in the education.
    Name your file: lastname_firstname_document, such as: lastname_firstname_ds

  • Demonstration of language proficiency
    A certificate demonstrating language proficiency in the language of instruction, if it cannot be verified on the basis of the higher education degree completed (the certificate must be submitted by 27 January or 10 March, see the instructions in the section for language proficiency requirements).
    If you demonstrate your language proficiency based on your previous studies, the degree certificate you have submitted or its appendix must clearly indicate the language in which the degree has been completed.
    Name your file: lastname_firstname_document, such as: lastname_firstname_toefl

  • Document that proves exemption from tuition fees
    If you are applying to study in English, and you come from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you must submit documentation (e.g. a copy of your passport) to the Theatre Academy that shows you are exempt from tuition fees.
    Name your file: lastname_firstname_document, such as: lastname_firstname_passport

The applicant must have the appendices translated by a professional translator, if they are in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English.

Submitting admissions material via Studyinfo portal

Once you have filled and sent in your electronic application form at, submit your advance assignments and appendices using the same system. You can submit your materials either via My Studyinfo service (if you have Finnish online bank user identifiers) or via the link in the e-mail confirmation that was sent to you after you submitted your application.

Before you submit your materials, please check that you have uploaded all the necessary attachments to your application and that all of your application details are correct! Applications, in which the advance assignments are only partially uploaded or are missing will be automatically rejected. Remember also to check the integrity of your uploaded files and that they work the way they are supposed to.

Please name your attachments in accordance with the instructions. Do not use Scandinavian letters (å, ä, ö) or special characters in the name of the file.

The Studyinfo system accepts the following audio / video / document / image formats:

  • Audio – mp3, m4a, aiff, wma, wav, aac
  • Video – mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov, avi, wmv, m4v, vob (we recommend format mp4)
  • Document – the preferred format for all text documents is pdf
  • Image – jpeg, png, gif, jpg

Note, that the system accepts files up to 1 GB in size.

Make sure that your computer and browser are up to date. Use a stable internet connection when uploading your materials. Please also ensure that your computer does not fall into standby mode when in the middle of uploading your materials.

Applications (application forms, advance assignments, appendices) will be sent at the sender’s risk.

Late application forms and advance assignments will not be considered, nor can applications be submitted without the advance assignments. Advance assignments submitted via email are not taken into consideration.

Submit your materials via Studyinfo system as early as possible

It can take up to hours to upload larger files if there is a lot of traffic in the system. You can speed up for example the delivery of a video by zipping the file. Uniarts Helsinki recommends that you upload your materials to the system well before the final deadline.

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 13 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

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

Phase 2: Entrance examinations on Mon 24 May – Thu 27 May (28 May is in reserve and may be used if required)

The student selections are organised at the Theatre Academy’s premises in Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki.

Applicants are eliminated during entrance examinations.

The individual assignments can be carried out in Finnish, Swedish or English. The group assignments take place in Finnish or in English, depending on the applicants. The written parts of the examination may be answered in Finnish, Swedish, or English.

Please note that you might need a visa to enter Finland to participate in entrance examination. With certain countries, an invitation to entrance examination/admissions course alone might not entitle the applicant to a visa. Please check what the Finnish authorities require from your country in good time.

More information about entrance examinations and assessment

Individual arrangements in the entrance examination

Pandemic situation

If the pandemic situation so requires, the student selections planned for on-site will be converted into remote tests. In this case, there might be some changes in the timetables mentioned above.
Any changes caused by the pandemic situation will be available later, on 16 March 2021 at the latest.

Announcement of results

The Theatre Academy will publish the entrance examination results on 12 May and 2 June 2021. The decisions will be available from 9am (EET) onwards. Results are published in the Studyinfo portal and on the Uniarts Helsinki website. When you fill in your application form you can choose to not allow your name to be published online.

Results will be published on 12 May 2021 at 9am (EET):

  • Master’s Degree Programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Writing
  • Master’s Studies in Acting (in Finnish)
  • Master’s Studies in Acting (in Swedish)
  • Master’s Studies in Design for the Performing Arts

Results will be published on 2 June 2021 at 9am (EET):

  • Degree Programme in Acting (in Finnish)
  • Degree Programme in Acting (in Swedish)
  • Degree Programme in Design for the Performing Arts
  • Degree Programme in Directing
  • Degree Programme in Dramaturgy and Playwriting
  • Degree Programme in Lighting Design
  • Degree Programme in Sound Design
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Performance
  • Master’s Studies in Directing
  • Master’s Studies in Lighting Design
  • Master’s Studies in Sound Design

Applicants admitted as students and those placed on the waiting list receive an email of the admissions results on the day when the admission decision is published. Other applicants are not notified about the results by email.

You can also enquire the results by sending an e-mail to Admissions Services.

Number of new students and a waiting list

How to request for rectification

Accepting an offer of admission

An offer of admission can be accepted either via the Studyinfo portal or by filling in the confirmation form attached to the letter of acceptance and delivering it to the admissions office. The offer of admission must be accepted no later than 16 July 2021 at 3pm (EET). If the confirmation form arrives after the deadline, it will not be considered.

Accepting an offer of admission is a binding choice, which cannot be changed or cancelled later on. If, however, the applicant wants to decline the offer of admission after first accepting it, they are considered to have accepted the study place during the term in question (see the “one study place per term” provision).

Applicants who are liable for annual tuition fee payment

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 16 July 2021 at 3pm (EET). 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.


New students will receive instructions for enrolment together with the letter of admission results.

Registering as absent for the first year of studies

Starting your studies

Those admitted to the degree program will receive a letter in June including information about the beginning of the academic year 2021–2022, instruction, syllabus and a reading list for the academic year.

The teaching of the degree programme begins with orientation from 25 August to 27 August. Participation in the orientation is mandatory.

Help and advice

Do you have a question about applying?

You can contact us via email or phone.

Phone: +358 50 349 6672

A list of frequently asked questions

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