How to apply for exchange studies at the Theatre Academy

Application information for the academic year 2021-22.

Who can apply?

We accept exchange applications from all Erasmus+ programme eligible institutions. In addition, students from institutions that have a Bilateral Agreement with Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy, are eligible to apply.

Please contact your home institution’s international office to find out whether you can apply for an exchange study period at the Theatre Academy. You should be nominated as an exchange student candidate by your home institution.

Application schedule and semester dates

Application schedule for the academic year 2021-2022

Application deadlines are:

  • 31 March 2021 (11.59 pm Finnish time) for the autumn term 2021 and the whole academic year 2021-2022
  • 15 October 2021 (11.59 pm Finnish time) for the spring term 2022

Academic calendar 2021-2022

  • Autumn term 2021, first and last day of teaching: 16 August – 20 December
  • Spring term 2022, first and last day of teaching: 10 January – 19 June

Application guidelines

The applicant needs to be nominated as an exchange student candidate by their home institution. The deadlines for the nominations are the same as for the applications.

You can apply to the Theatre Academy either for the autumn term, spring term or full academic year.

The maximum length of exchange studies at the Theatre Academy is two terms within one study cycle (Bachelor/Master/Doctoral).

The applicant must specify which study programme in the Theatre Academy they are applying to. It is also possible to apply to more than one programme. The availability of studies in English varies yearly and from programme to another. Once accepted, exchange students are advised to take individual courses from other programmes besides their main programme of study. The Theatre Academy students can also take courses from other academies of Uniarts Helsinki. We offer a great variety of studies in the field of arts that you can select for your learning agreement.

Different study options are presented on the Uniarts Helsinki website and course information is published in our Study Guide. Autumn’s teaching is confirmed by 15 May and spring’s teaching by 31 October, which means the information might not be up-to-date during the application period.

A successful applicant should have some previous studies in the subject(s) they are planning to study at the Theatre Academy.

You should have good competence (at least B2) in the language you are going to study in. For most exchange students the language of studies is English.

Only a very limited number of exchange students are accepted each term. Students are selected based on their applications.

Study programmes open for applications

Read below which study programmes are open for exchange applications during this application round.

Acting (BA and MA) – two study programmes

In the Theatre Academy we offer two study programmes in acting. Both are five-year programmes, with both BA and MA studies. One of the programmes has Finnish as the main language of teaching and the other is in Swedish. Both of these programmes are open for exchange applications, and both also offer courses in English every year.

For more information on the two programmes, visit their pages: Acting in Finnish and Acting in Swedish.

In general, about 5-6 workshops (one or two weeks) are offered every year in English. In addition, there are weekly classes in movement (dance, acrobatics) and voice training (signing) that our exchange students can also join.

Choreography (MA)

This master’s programme is a bilingual programme with English and Finnish tuition. You can apply for either the autumn term or the whole academic year.

Please note that decisions on exchange applications will be informed in early June.

Dance (BA)

The BA programme in dance is not open for applications for the autumn term 2021. The programme will be open for exchange application for the spring 2022, but please note that the spring term application round is in the autumn.

Dance Performance (MA)

This master’s programme is a bilingual programme with English and Finnish tuition. You can apply for either the autumn term or the whole academic year.

Please note that decisions on exchange applications will be informed in early June.

Dance Pedagogy (MA)

The MA programme in Dance Pedagogy is open for applications only for the autumn term 2021, but not for the whole academic year 2021-2022.

Theatre Pedagogy (MA)

The MA programme in Theatre Pedagogy is not open for applications during this application round. There won’t be any studies available in English during the academic year 2021-2022.

Dramaturgy (BA and MA) and Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research (MA)

In the field of dramaturgy, Theatre Academy has two programmes: a five-year programme in Dramaturgy and Playwriting and an English MA programme in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research.

Dramaturgy studies are open for exchange application for both the autumn term 2021 and the whole academic year 2021-2022. Exchange students are offered studies from both programmes, depending on their interest and the courses available on that specific year. Exchange studies in dramaturgy are suitable for third year BA or MA students, and we therefore recommend that you have at least two years of studies completed when you apply.

Directing (BA and MA)

The directing programme’s main language of tuition is Finnish, but it currently offers a variety of studies in English as well – especially for MA students. You can apply for either the autumn term or the whole academic year. Exchange studies in directing are suitable for third year BA or MA students, and we therefore recommend that you have at least two years of studies completed when you apply.

Design for the Performing Arts (BA and MA)

The study programme in Design for the Performing Arts is a new programme in Uniarts Helsinki. In the programme, scenography is treated as a versatile area of art and design that is linked to contemporary performance. Read more on about the Degree Programme in Design for the Performing Arts on the website.

The main language of tuition is Finnish, but each year a wide selection of studies are offered in English. You can apply for either the autumn term or the whole academic year.

Lighting Design (BA and MA)

The programme in Lighting Design is not open for application during this application round. There won’t be any studies available in English during the autumn term 2021. Information on spring term 2022 will be updated in September.

Sound Design (BA and MA)

The programme in Sound Design is not open for applications during this application round. There won’t be any studies available in English during the autumn term 2021. Information on spring term 2022 will be updated in September.

Live Art and Performance Studies (MA)

This programme is an English master’s programme that combines performance theory with live art and performance art. You can apply for either the autumn term or the whole academic year.

Doctoral Programme of Artistic Research in Performing Arts

Theatre Academy’s doctoral programme welcomes applications for both the autumn term 2021 and the whole academic year 2021-2022.

Required documents and videos

The online application form will be open 25 February – 31 March (11.59 pm Finnish time).

Before filling in the online application, please prepare the following material required for the application.

1. Curriculum Vitae

  • Maximum 2 pages, in pdf format
  • Please name the document in the following way: “Lastname_CV”
  • In the CV, describe your previous studies, work experience, projects, and other relevant information.

2. Motivational letter

  • One page, in pdf format
  • Please name the document in the following way: “Lastname_motivational letter_name of study programme”
  • Important: Describe why you would like to study in the study programme you have chosen, and what your expectations and goals for the exchange studies at the Theatre Academy are. The letter is a very important part of your application.
  • If you are applying to more than one study programme, please write a separate motivational letter for each programme.
  • Choreography and dance applicants: in the motivational letter, make a connection to your video recording.

3. Transcript of records and/or a certificate of previous studies

  • In pdf format
  • Please name the document in the following way: “Lastname_Transcript”
  • The document should include a list of studies you have completed at your sending institution
  • Format: link to an online video
  • The video should show your own work and interest as a choreographer or dancer.
  • In your motivational letter, discuss the video recording.

5. Creative portfolio – scenography / design students

  • Format: a link to a website or a pdf file
  • Name the pdf portfolio in the following way: “Lastname_portfolio”
  • The creative portfolio should showcase your own work and interest as a designer.
  • The maximum size for a portfolio in pdf format is 20 MB. Please pay close attention to the quality and size of the pictures.

6. Summary of research plan – doctoral students

  • Maximum 2 pages, in pdf format
  • Please name the document in the following way: “Lastname_Research plan”
  • Include the background, objectives, methods and main references of your doctoral research project.

Evaluation and final decisions

We will evaluate only those applications that have been completed in full and submitted through the online application system within the deadline. The final decision will be based on the quality of the application and on the availability of study places and courses in English.

The applications for the autumn term and the whole academic year will be evaluated in April-May. We will notify both the applicant and the coordinator of the sending institution about the decision in May.

The applications for the spring term will be evaluated in October. We will notify both the applicant and the coordinator of the sending institution about the decision in November.

Accepted students are asked to confirm their exchange in May / November. Once the student has confirmed the exchange, a letter of acceptance will be sent by email.

Exceptions in 2021

The applications for the MA programme in Choreography and the MA programme in Dance Performance will be evaluated in May and the decisions will be informed in early June. Accepted students are asked to confirm their exchange by 14 June.

Contact International Relations staff

If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at teak.international@uniarts.fi.

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