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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 form.

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. 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 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

Students admitted in the Joint Application of spring 2021 will begin their studies in August-September 2021 (weeks 32-34) 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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