Apply to Master’s Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies

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 Live Art and Performance Studies 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: 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

A person is eligible to apply for the two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS) if they have experience related to a field of art and has completed:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in art or another applicable field awarded by a university (e.g. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science).
  2. Bachelor’s degree in art or another applicable field awarded by a university of applied sciences
  3. a corresponding BA (Bachelor) -level foreign degree in art or another applicable field, which in the country in question confers eligibility for corresponding higher education studies


  4. the applicant has acquired sufficient knowledge and competence based on studies, artistic activity and work experience, acknowledged by the Theatre Academy.
    This admission criteria is intended for applicants who have not completed their undergraduate degree or have completed other university-level studies in the field of art (e.g. Open University studies).
    In this case, the applicant must have a minimum of 60 ECTS credits in higher education studies. These studies may include higher education studies in a field of art, or studies that support this field of art. In addition to the 60 ECTS credits in higher education studies the applicant is to have strong artistic experience corresponding to approximately 120 credits’ worth of studies / two years’ full-time work in the field of the application target. The applicant is required to submit the portfolio to show the above-mentioned artistic experience.

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. 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 study and degree in the Master’s Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies is 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

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 assessment of both the advance assignments and the entrance examination is based on:

  • application letter 
  • academic qualifications and language proficiency certificates
  • applicant’s artistic work 
  • applicant’s demonstrated ability to understand and apply theoretical readings in English to one’s own practice
  • applicant’s demonstrated ability to write an academic paper

Assessment criteria are:

  • motivation
  • exploratory, experimental and conceptual approach to work and ideas
  • capacity for analytical thought and evidence of critical reflection on one’s own work
  • interest and capacities to work in collaborative research environments
  • desire to combine artistic practice in the field of contemporary performance with theoretical studies
  • interest in research as a methodology for making art
  • suitability for master’s level studies in Live Art/Performance Art and Performance Studies

Advance assignments

No further explanation or more detailed information will be available on the advance assignment. The advance assignment should be completed in English. Page size is A4, spacing 1.5, font size 12. Please mark your name on each advance assignment.

1. Application Letter

It should include a Cover letter, Abstract and Research Plan. This letter serves as a justification or problem which would form the basis of your studies at LAPS.
Name the file: lastname_firstname_applicationletter

  • The Cover letter should indicate clearly why the applicant is applying to the LAPS programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki, and what they hope to accomplish during the two years.
  • The abstract is an important component because it is likely the first substantive description of your work read by the admission board. You should view it as an opportunity to set accurate expectations. It presents all the major elements of your plan in a highly condensed form. The length of the Abstract is maximum 200 words.
  • The research plan includes an introduction of your artistic and theoretical interests, research problem and possibly methods or practices you would use to reach these aims. Include essential points, questions or problems to be considered and explain why you would like to complete this particular work and research project. Remember to give background and contextualize your artistic practice and research. Include a list of sources, i.e. literature, audio-visual materials, performances, artworks, etc. It is good to highlight the main questions, and why you think your research plan is relevant at the moment. How do you see the LAPS programme would support the execution of your research plan? It is good to familiarize yourself with the LAPS Curriculum and focus areas. Describe how does your plan relate with the curriculum of the LAPS or more generally with the contemporary performance practices or research, such as performance studies or visual cultures, for instance. This plan is intended as a basis for the development of the Master’s thesis. The length of the Research Plan is between 1500-2500 words.

2. A Portfolio

A portfolio should present maximum 5 works of yours that you find relevant. You may add links to online documentation, but the application should include a PDF Portfolio, also.
Name the file: lastname_firstname_portfolio

When eligibility of each applicant is confirmed, the selection for the Phase 2 is made based on the advance assignments and application (Phase 1).

How to apply

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

Master’s Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies can be found on the Studyinfo portal under the name of; Master’s Admission: Live Art and Performance Studies, Master of Arts in Theatre and Drama (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

A decision on the applicant’s eligibility will be made on week 9. 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

Additional assignments may be given during the selection process. The assignments will be given in English and should be answered in English.

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

Phase 2: 
The Phase 2 assignment instructions will be sent by email by 12 March 2021
at the latest. Phase 2 assignments are to be submitted by the applicants by 6 April 2021 at 3 pm (EET)

Phase 3: 
Based on Phase 1 & 2 submissions eligible applicants will be invited for an Interview by 13 April 2021. The applicants will receive instructions for a Phase 3 assignment that will be presented for the admission panel during the online interview. The interview will take place online between 27 and 29 April 2021 (10am – 5pm EET).

Applicants are not required to travel to Helsinki at any point of the selection process.  

The selection process occurs in many phases. Applicants may be eliminated after each stage and assignment of the entrance examination.

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

Read more about the programme