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.

Entrance exams in spring 2021

The entrance examinations in Master’s Degree Programme in Choreography will be arranged via remote connection because of the pandemic situation. The applicants who have been selected to proceed in the admissions process will be informed about the change by email. The admission criteria have not changed.

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.

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

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 at the latest during week 9 or 10.

Conditional selection

Some applicants are selected conditionally. If your higher education degree has still been incomplete during the application phase, you must submit the degree certificate and a transcript of records detailing the studies you have completed to the Admissions Services by 15 July 2022, 3pm (Finnish time). You can only register for the academic year after this.

If you do not submit a degree certificate by the deadline, you will lose the study place offered to you.

Supplementary studies

If you are accepted without a lower university degree, you may be required to complete supplementary studies in addition to the minimum amount of credits required in the degree programme in order to acquire the competence needed during the studies. The scope of supplementary studies may not exceed 60 credits.

In principle, complementary studies must be completed in the first year of study, and they must be included in the student’s personal study plan. You will be informed of any additional studies required in connection with the admission decision.

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.

Students studying in both Finnish and English can be selected for the programme. If new students studying in English are selected for the programme, part of the teaching will take place in English for the entire class.

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. You can demonstrate your language proficiency by previous education, an acceptable language test, or other previous studies.

You must demonstrate sufficient language proficiency by 26 January 2022, 3pm (Finnish time). Attach a degree certificate or a language test certificate to the application form submitted via Studyinfo.

The student has the right to use the Swedish language both orally and in writing in connection with the instruction taking place at the Theatre Academy, unless otherwise specified in the curriculum or due to the nature of the instruction. However, for the most part, the group teaching takes place in Finnish and/or English.

Study languages and the language of the degree in Theatre Academy

Demonstrating the language proficiency

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

Tuition fee

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.

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 Programme in Dance Pedagogy
  • Master’s Programme in Theatre Pedagogy
  • Master’s Programme 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.

The tuition fee is to be paid no later than 15 July 2021 at 3pm. (Finnish time). 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

Complete and submit an online application form at the Studyinfo portal by 19 January 2021 at 3pm (Finnish time). The application period is from 5 January to 19 January 2021.

2. Submit advance assignments and appendices

Submit advance assignments and appendices via Studyinfo portal by 26 January 2021 at 3pm (Finnish time).

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

  • Documents demonstrating your educational background
    Send a degree certificate and a transcript of records of a completed degree suitable for master’s studies, or a certificate of student status and a transcript of record of ongoing studies.
    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, submit a Diploma Supplement. 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.
    Name your file: lastname_firstname_document, such as: lastname_firstname_ds

  • Demonstration of language proficiency
    Send a certificate demonstrating language proficiency in the language of instruction, if it cannot be verified on the basis of the higher education degree 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 are to submit documentation (e.g. a copy of your passport) 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 material in the Studyinfo portal

After completing the electronic application form in the system, submit the advance assignments and other required material by the specified deadline to Uniarts Helsinki through the Studyinfo application form. You can complete your application with attachments either in the My Studyinfo service (if you have Finnish online bank user identifiers) or through the edit link in the confirmation email you have received.

Before submitting the application, check that you have uploaded all the necessary attachments to your application and that the material opens and functions as intended.

Name the files according to the assignment instructions. Do not use Scandinavian characters (å, ä, ö) or special characters when naming the files.

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

The maximum file size allowed is 1 GB.

Make sure your computer and Internet browser are up to date (updated). Use a stable internet connection to upload the materials. Make sure your computer does not go into the power saving mode when the uploading is in progress.

The sender is responsible for submitting the application (application form, advance assignments, attachments).

Advance assignments that are only partially loaded or incomplete shall be rejected. Advance assignments sent by email or as an email attachment shall not be processed.

Upload the materials to the system as early as possible

Large files may take several hours to upload when the system is busy. To speed up the uploading of videos, for example, you can compress the video file to make it smaller. Start uploading the materials well in advance of the deadline.

Submitting material via system outside Studyinfo

We recommend that you upload your material directly to the Studyinfo portal. If the assignment includes sensitive data, it is especially important to use Studyinfo for submitting the assignment.

If you want to share a link that leads to a system outside of the Studyinfo portal (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud) due to the risk of high upload traffic on the Studyinfo server, for example, the link must be uploaded to Studyinfo as a pdf file (e.g. as part of a work portfolio, or the link must be shared as a separate file that only includes the link/links).

The assignment must be uploaded by the set date, after which it is no longer possible to edit it.

If the link leads to a system outside of the Studyinfo portal, the url must be original, and not a shortened link made by a url shortener service. The link must lead directly to the assignment and not to a compilation page with more links, for example. Make sure that the link works throughout the entire admissions round and that the assignments are marked as private in the system settings (privacy settings: “Private” for Vimeo, “Unlisted” for YouTube, and “Private” for Soundcloud). You can choose to add password protection to the file, in which case the password must be sent to Uniarts Helsinki in addition to the link (in this case contact Theatre Academy’s Admissions Office).

The assignment must remain stored in the system in question at least 6 months after the end of the application period.

Uniarts Helsinki is not responsible for the data security risks, potential copyright infringements, muting of copy-protected audio tracks, or terms of use of systems offered by third parties. Note that third parties usually save information on user profiles and use this information for advertising, market research and/or other commercial purposes.

Student selections

The entrance examinations will be arranged via remote connection because of the pandemic situation. The applicants who have been selected to proceed in the admissions process will be informed about the change by email.

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 3 June 2021. 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 (Finnish time):

  • Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy
  • Master’s Degree Programme in Theatre Pedagogy

Results will be published on 3 June 2021 at 9am (Finnish time):

  • Degree Programme in Acting (in Finnish)
  • Degree Programme in Dance
  • 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
  • Degree Programme in Writing
  • Master’s Studies in Directing
  • Master’s Studies in Dramaturgy and Playwriting
  • 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

Please indicate whether you will accept the study place no later than 15 July 2021, 3pm (Finnish time).

If you have a Finnish personal identity code, accept the study place in the MyStudyinfo service.

If you do not have a Finnish personal identity code, the system will send you an email message. This message contains a link that you can use to accept the study place. You will receive this email within 24 hours of the announcement of admissions results.

Your notification regarding the acceptance of a study place is binding. However, if you wish to give up a study place after first accepting it, you will be considered to have accepted a place of study for the term in question (see the provision for one study place per term).

If you do not accept a study place by the deadline, you will lose the study place offered to you.

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 15 July 2021 at 3pm (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.


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

Registering as absent for the first year of studies

Starting your studies

Students admitted in the Joint Application of spring 2021 will begin their studies in August-September 2021 depending on the programme.

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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