● 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 required certificates (education and language proficiency) through the Studyinfo application form
● The entrance examinations will take place in May
● The results of the student selections will be published on 3 June 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 Studies in Directing if you have:
- completed a higher education degree in Finland and your degree includes at least 30 ECTS credits worth of studies in directing or a supporting field
- 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 directing or a supporting field
- 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 directing 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 directing (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.
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.
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.
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.
The degree languages of the Master’s Studies in Directing are Finnish or English. The languages of instruction is 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.
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.
In the advance assignments and entrance examinations, attention is paid to the applicant’s: process focus on the applicant’s:
- stage-based, dramaturgical and visual perception
- breadth of thinking and imagination
- ability to translate personal thinking to the stage
- ability to plan performance-based entities
- capacity for personal and artistic reflection
In the entrance examinations, attention will also be paid to:
- applicant’s ability to articulate their thinking to actors
- stage-based perception
- ability to direct a scene and develop it further
- motivation, commitment and accountability
- leadership and interpersonal skills
- suitability for the field and for higher education studies
Advance assignments are not specified or explained in more detail. Advance assignments can be completed in Finnish, Swedish or English. Page size is A4, and it can contain approximately 30 lines of typed text (line spacing 1.5, font size 12). Please mark your name on each assignment.
1. Three photos
Take three photos on the theme of love. You can compose the photographs in a single file or make three separate files. Pay attention to how you observe the theme, as well as cropping, composition and atmosphere. Name the file/files: lastname_firstname_love1, love2 etc.
2. Performance plan
Draw up a performance plan for Federico García Lorca’s play Yerma. You can also use a Swedish or Finnish translation of the text (Finnish translation Silja Ylitalo, Savukeidas förlag). Maximum length: one A4 page and an image. Name the files: lastname_firstname_yerma, yearma_image
a) What kind of performance would you create on the basis of the play? What is your own perspective on Lorca’s play?
b) How does your perspective as a director affect the implementation of the performance? What kind of space, way of acting, visuality, sound world and atmosphere does your performance have? Be concrete.
c) Select one image that indicates the genre of the performance.
3. Performance plan
Draw up a performance plan on the basis of Franz Kafka’s Novel A Hunger Artist. Maximum length: one A4 page and an image. Name the files: lastname_firstname_hunger, hunger_image
a) How would you dramatise the novel for the stage? What is your perspective on Kafka’s novel? What aspects of content and form are highlighted in your dramatisation?
b) What kind of performance would you do on the basis of your dramatisation? How does your perspective as a director affect the implementation of the performance? What kind of space, way of acting, visuality, sound world and atmosphere does your performance have? Be concrete.
c) Select one image that best describes the atmosphere in the performance.
What is your dark side? What about your light side? Think about how they manifest themselves in you. Make a video based on the topic. You must appear on the video yourself. The video should be 1 minute in length. Do not cut the recording or include any special effects. Name the file: lastname_firstname_video
5. Own artistic qualities
Analyse your own artistic qualities on the basis of the previous assignments. What issues stand out as particularly important in the assignments you have completed? What do the assignments reveal about your relationship with the world and the stage? Maximum length: half of an A4 page. Name the file: lastname_firstname_qualities
Describe your previous artistic activities and work experience, and possible studies in the field of performing arts and directing. Attach the following to your application: a CV and a portfolio containing a description of at least three of your artworks and/or a video compilation of no longer than 10 minutes. The descriptions must contain key information on the performance, the place of performance, the working group and the theatre that produced the performance. Name the file: lastname_firstname_description
7. Cover letter
Write a cover letter explaining why Master’s studies in Directing would be of importance to you. Maximum length: one A4 page. Name the file: lastname_firstname_coverletter
Formulate your own artistic question in the field of directing that you would like to focus on during your master’s studies. Explain how your artistic question is linked to your previous artistic activities and identity as an artist. Maximum length: one A4 page. Name the file: lastname_firstname_question
How to apply
You can find Master’s Studies in Directing on the Studyinfo portal under the name of;
Master’s Admission: Directing, 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 Studyinfo.fi 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.
The selection process occurs in three phases.
Phase 1: Anvance assignments. Submitting an online application form, advance assignments and appendices in Studyinfo portal
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 17 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.
Stages 2 and 3 of the entrance examinations are arranged remotely, the applicant participates in Zoom.
Phase 2: Entrance examinations on Mon 9 May – Tue 10 May (the applicant participates in both days)
Phase 3: Entrance examinations on Wed 11 May
Applicants are eliminated during entrance examinations. Elimination during different stages is also possible.
In the student selections, the applicant will:
– complete group and individual assignments as well as written assignments
– direct actors
– be interviewed
The individual assignments can be carried out in Finnish, Swedish or English. 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.
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.
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 Studyinfo.fi 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.