Why study here?
The degree programme is Finland’s only Swedish-language university-level programme in performing arts. The degree programme supports the student’s discovery of an independent artist identity, simultaneously offering inspiration and cultural influence for the entire theatre field in Finland. The programme collaborates with other degree programmes of the Theatre Academy and with other academies of Uniarts Helsinki, and it is an active participant as part of local, Nordic and international networks.
About the studies
A graduate who has successfully completed the Degree Programme in Acting in Swedish is an expert in both the theory and practice of performing arts. The programme is linked to artistic research and the modern multidisciplinary field of performing arts. The goal is to train emotionally aware and cooperative actors, who have the skills to utilise the traditions and contribute to the future of acting and promote the position of the field in society.
The pedagogical philosophy of the programme is based on play, curiosity and joy. The basic principle is that the learning process of each individual is dynamic and that it takes place in interaction with others. Each student is affected by the combination of the programme’s disciplines in a unique way. Students and teachers acknowledge the power relations that exist between them when they interact. An important tenet in the programme is that knowledge does not precede the pedagogical process – it is the result of the process.
The degree programme has the responsibility to develop and inspire the field of Swedish-language performing arts in Finland, which means that its duty is not merely bound to the training of actors. That is why the degree programme actively engages in Nordic and international exchange and collaboration. For example, all students have the chance to go on an exchange or complete a traineeship abroad as part of their studies.
Bachelor’s and master’s studies
Studies are full-time and follow a pre-determined curriculum and schedule. Most of the bachelor-level courses are mandatory, while master’s studies give the student more freedom of choice. Students go to classes mostly with their own year group, but some courses are organised together with other year groups and degree programmes. Instruction usually takes place in groups, but one-to-one lessons also occur.
The degree programme can be completed in five years, but the academy also offers a separate admissions process to two-year master’s studies. The aim of the three-year bachelor’s studies is for the student to acquire the basic skills needed in acting. During the two-year master’s studies, the student develops and deepens their identity as an artist and broadens their understanding of theatre.
The programme consists of the following modules: acting (major subject); movement, sound and music; context; core studies; elective studies; advanced studies; and a thesis project. The primary language of the degree and instruction is Swedish, but some of the courses are taught in English. Elective courses can be completed in Finnish, too.
Our teachers are experienced experts in their respective fields. In addition to our permanent staff, we also have Finnish and international teachers, artists and other experts visiting the programme on a regular basis.
The degree programme admits new students every two or three years. The application process consists of advance assignments and an entrance examination.
Uniarts Helsinki is one of the most sought-after places of study in Finland. Browse the admissions statistics from previous years.
A master’s degree gives the eligibility to apply for doctoral studies in theatre, for example. At Uniarts Helsinki, doctoral studies in theatre are offered by the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke).
You can apply to
Degree programme in Acting (in Swedish)
- bachelor’s and master’s (5 years)
- master’s (2 years)
Master in Arts (Theatre and Drama)
Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students from outside the EU and EEA countries.
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Next application time
The next possible time to apply will be confirmed in the autumn 2021.
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