Apply to Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy

Admission 2022 timetable, required certificates and advance assignments as well as information about participating in the entrance examinations.

Important dates

● The application period starts on 5 January 2022

● The application period ends at 3pm (Finnish time) on 19 January 2022
– Complete and submit the application form via Studyinfo

● No later than 26 January 2022, 3pm (Finnish time)
– Send the advance assignments via the Studyinfo application form
– Send the required certificates (education and language proficiency) through the Studyinfo application form

● The entrance examinations will take place: Sat 9 April – Mon 11 April 2022

● The results of the student selections will be published on 12 May 2022, 9am (Finnish time)

● No later than 15 July 2022, 3pm (Finnish time)
– Accept the study place and enrol at the university
– Pay the tuition fee (if required)
– Send a certificate of completed degree (if you are being conditionally selected)

Length of study and the language of the degree

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

Eligibility for education

You are eligible to apply for Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy if you have:

  1. completed a higher education degree in Finland and your degree includes at least 30 ECTS credits worth of studies in dance art or a supporting field

  2. 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 30 ECTS credits worth of studies in dance art or a supporting field


  3. if you have acquired sufficient knowledge and competence on the basis of your studies and work experience in the field, as determined by the Theatre Academy. In this case, you must have completed at least 60 ECTS credits worth of higher education studies in dance art 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 who have completed other studies in the field of art, such as studies at the Open University.

The programme provides eligibility to work as a dance teacher in the diverse fields of performing arts and the related teaching positions, such as basic education in the arts, non-formal adult education, comprehensive schools, vocational education and training, and various artistic and communal contexts and projects. Persons who have a bachelor’s degree in the field of dance or who have earned at least 60 credits in dance studies at a higher education before embarking on the master’s programme will gain qualification to work as a teacher in a wide range of positions.

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.

Applying for transfer from another university

Applicants who are refugees or in a refugee-like situation

Language requirements

The degree languages of the Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy are Finnish or English. The languages of instruction are 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

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.

The application process consists of two stages.

Assessment criteria

When evaluating the advance assignments we focus on the applicants’:

  • Pedagogical aims and planning skills
  • Ability to express their own artistic and pedagogical views
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Academic skills

The following criteria are considered in student selections:

  • Artistic competence
  • Social interaction skills
  • Motivation and commitment to teaching as profession
  • Preparedness to work across different fields of art
  • Desire to learn
  • Aptitude for the field and for higher education studies

The above-mentioned areas are assessed through a teaching task, interview and artistic presentation.

Advance assignments

The assignments are not specified or explained further. Based on advance assignments select applicants will be invited to the entrance examination. The assignments may be completed in Finnish, Swedish or English. Spacing 1.5, font size 12. Please mark your name on each advance assignment.

1. Cover letter

Describe your professional goals and future plans and how this education programme will support your goals and the realisation of your plans. Describe what particularly interests you in the Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy. Reflect on what is relevant to you in the work of an art educator. (Maximum 500 words)
Name the file: lastname_firstname_coverletter

2. Essay

Article: On Belonging (Terike Haapoja)

Familiarise yourself with the article above, written by Haapoja. Write a reflective essay based on your reading experience (approximately 1500 words). In the essay, describe how you relate to one of the questions in the text. Reflect on how the question you have selected may present itself in the work of an art educator. Give your essay a title. Name the file: lastname_firstname_essay

3. Project plan

Consider what kind of artistic-pedagogical project or event you would like to implement during your studies. Prepare a written project plan (approximately 500 to 1000 words).  
The plan must include the target group, context, project objectives, contents, working methods and project duration. In your plan, also explain why you feel it is important to implement the project or event that you have come up with. Name the file: lastname_firstname_projectplan

4. Video assignment

Part 1
Create movement material lasting for approximately one minute. Choose an image that interests you (e.g., a postcard, photograph, artwork) as the starting point for producing the movement. Perform and film your movement material indoors. Make a conscious choice about how the movement relates to the sounds produced by your surroundings or possible music/soundtrack. Give your artwork a title. Name the file: lastname_firstname_video1

Part 2
Create a ‘duet’ based on the movement material in which you move in relation to something else: another person, an object, etc. The duet should be approximately two minutes long. Perform and film this in another space (for example, outdoors). Here, too, make a conscious choice about how the movement relates to the sounds produced by your surroundings or possible music/soundtrack. Give your artwork a title. Name the file: lastname_firstname_video2

Include a written reflection (about 500 words) about the process and the image (or a photograph of it) that was the starting point for the movement. You can describe, for instance, how you worked, why you ended up choosing a specific visual starting point, how you determined the relationship to the sounds of your surroundings, music/soundtrack, etc. Name the file: lastname_firstname_reflection

How to apply

You can find Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy on the Studyinfo portal under the name of; Master’s Admission, Dance Pedagogy, 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 2022 at 3pm (Finnish time). The application period is from 5 January to 19 January 2022.

2. Submit advance assignments and appendices

Submit advance assignments and appendices via Studyinfo portal by 26 January 2022 at 3pm (Finnish time).

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

  • Resume/CV
    Name your file: lastname_firstname_cv

  • 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 application process consists of two stages.

Phase 1 – Application to Studyinfo portal and submitting the advance assignments
Phase 2 – Sat 9 April – Mon 11 April, the entrance examination

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.

Invitations to phase 2 will be sent by e-mail during week 11 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 student selections are organised at the Theatre Academy’s premises in Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki between 9am-6pm.

The assignments of the entrance examination are intended to demonstrate your competence in the chosen field of art and also include assignments relating to academic skills. There are individual assignments, group assignments and an interview.

Applicants may be eliminated after each stage and assignment of the entrance examination. Additional assignments requiring preparation may also be given during the selection process.

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. If persons applying to study in English have been invited to the entrance examination, the group assignments will take place in Finnish and English. 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

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.

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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