Dance (bachelor’s programme)

In the BA Programme in Dance, you will grow into an artist whose professional expertise is based on understanding dance as a cultural art form that connects the body and the mind.

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Why study here?

In our BA programme, you will grow into an independent and reflective artist with excellent performance and choreography skills thanks to the guidance of a competent staff and international guest teachers. You will acquire the competence to work in diverse and changing contexts of dance art.

Content and objective of the programme

The three-year Degree Programme in Dance (180 cr) leads to a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) degree. Upon graduating, you will have the competence to work in diverse roles as a dance professional and the eligibility to apply to master’s studies in dance. The objective is to educate versatile dance artists whose professional skills develop from an understanding of dance as a cultural art practice in which body and mind, science and art, meet.

The three-year Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Dance Arts is comprised of studies in dance and movement technique, somatic methods, vocal practices, history of art and dance, performance theory and performance practices. Students’ primary focus is contemporary dance. The various forms of improvisation and composition are a key part of studies. Choreography workshops and improvisation sessions provide a basis for discovering and developing your own movement practice as part of your independent work. Artistic projects and the processes leading to them are a major part of studies.

Artistic projects

During your studies, you will create artistic demos and performances in solo, but also in collaboration with other dance and choreography students. You will also cooperate with students from other degree programmes at the Theatre Academy.

Student exchange

The Degree Programme in Dance has an international learning environment. You will get to study together with foreign exchange students and attend classes by international guest teachers. You can also include an international module in your studies, for example a student exchange in an Erasmus partner institution abroad.

Networking with professionals

The studies prepare you to work in diverse and ever-changing work environments in the field of dance. Our active cooperation with alumni makes it possible for you to build networks in the field already as a student. Alumni provide their expertise by helping with traineeship opportunities and serving as visiting teachers and mentors. During your studies, you may ask for the degree programme to pair you up with a mentor – an artist who has already graduated from the programme. Mentors go to see students’ performances and demos and are available for support in the form of one-on-one conversations.

Master’s studies

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) degree, you will be eligible to apply to master’s studies in dance. You can apply to the MA Programme in Dance Performance or the MA Programme in Choreography, for example.


Our teachers are experienced experts in their field. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes international top talents as guests from the field of dance and other artistic fields on a regular basis. 

Applying to the programme

The Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Dance admits new students every two years. Next possible time to apply is in January 2022.

Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the admissions statistics from previous years.

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Degree Programme in Dance

  • bachelor’s (3 years)

Target degree

Bachelor of Arts (Dance)


Theatre Academy


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Tuition fee

Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students from outside the EU and EEA countries.
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Application period

Next possible time to apply is in January 2022. Studies begin in August 2022.

Persons in charge

Sanna Myllylahti

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