Dance, bachelor

In our programme, you can grow into an artist who has the skills to work in the diverse and changing operating environments of dance.

Why us?

Our programme offers you a unique environment for studying dance. You will be able to focus extensively on practising bodily skills and explore your personal relationship with dance, art and performership. In our studies, we emphasise an open, critical, and investigative relationship with dance. With us, you study from multiple perspectives under the supervision of both the teachers of the degree programme and Finnish and international visitors.

Content and objectives

Welcome to dance, movement and bodily experiences!

The Degree Programme in Dance is a three-year (180 ECTS) education leading to a bachelor’s degree in dance and an artistic basic education in dance. The degree programme provides you with the capacity to work in a variety of professional tasks in the field of dance and to continue to master’s degree studies in dance. Our aim is to educate dance artists whose professional skills are based on an understanding of dance as an art, its links to society and diverse ways of operating in the world.

Studies in dance focus on movement, performer’s practices, and use of voice. Artistic projects and their processes also form a large part of the studies. In artistic projects, you can practice operating as a dance artist from different positions. The courses, which focus on independent work, give you space for finding, exploring, and developing your own artistic voice.

You can engage in artistic cooperation with students from different degree programmes on several courses. This makes it possible to study dance from multiple perspectives in relation to different fields of art and between them.

Art theories are examined in relation to artistic practices and processes. The so-called contextual studies include courses in art and dance history, art philosophy and performance theory.

Student exchange

The study environment of the Degree Programme in Dance is international. You can study together with exchange students and receive teaching from international teachers. You can also include an internationalisation module in your studies. This may, for example, involve a student exchange at an international Erasmus partner school.

Close contacts with working life

Studies in the Degree Programme in Dance prepare you to work in the diverse and changing operating environments of dance. Our active alumni activities enable connections to the field already during studies. Forms of alumni cooperation include visiting teachers, possible work placements and mentoring. During your studies, you have the opportunity to ask an artist in the field to be your mentor. Every mentorship is formed in its own way. Often, the mentors follow the student’s performances and demos and act as a discussion partner in their growth as an artist.

Master’s studies

The Bachelor’s degree in the Degree Programme in Dance gives you eligibility to apply for studies in a master’s degree programme. Master’s programmes you can apply for include Dance Performance, Choreography or Dance Pedagogy.


Our teachers are experienced experts in their own field. In addition to our permanent teaching staff, the degree programme also regularly hosts visits from professionals in dance and other fields of art.

Admissions guide

Target degree and length of study

Bachelor of Arts (Dance)
3 years

Application period

Next possible time to apply is in January 2024. Studies begin in August 2024.

Application languages

Finnish Read more about the language skill requirements

Tuition fee

Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students studying in English and come from outside the EU and EEA countries.
Read more about the tuition fees.

Supervising teacher

  • Sanna Myllylahti

    Lecturer, Degree programme in Dance, Theatre Academy


Theatre Academy

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