Dance Pedagogy (master’s programme)

The Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy combines critical thinking, artistic-pedagogical practices and exploration of the wide range of meanings in the arts.

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Why study here?

Students in the Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy reflect on and develop the practices and pedagogy of performing arts within an open, dialogue-oriented community. You will be provided support for critical, innovative thinking, multidisciplinary interaction, multiartistic collaborations and for adopting an experimental attitude. The foundation of the programme are students’ personal experiences and perceptions, and they are brought into open dialogue with other students, teachers and the academic field of art pedagogy.

Students’ daily schedules take their final shape in interaction with each student, the group, the degree programme and the teachers. The programme offers a safe context for exploratory learning. Graduates of the programme work in diverse tasks in the field of performing arts and pedagogy.

About the studies

In the Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy, art pedagogy is seen as a form of artistic activity where pedagogical questions are ever-present. In the context of art pedagogy, art, performance and teaching are viewed as encounters where aesthetic, ethical and political phenomena are intertwined. Art and pedagogy feed off each other, which gives rise to change in both.

The programme consists of advanced studies in the arts, studies in the theory and practices of art pedagogy, research studies, teaching practices, international interaction and elective studies that support the development of the student’s identity as an art pedagogue.

The goal of the master’s programme is to train open-minded art pedagogue professionals who have found their own voice, have cooperation skills and are aware of their responsibility.

The degree requirements for Master’s Programmes in Dance Pedagogy and Theatre Pedagogy include pedagogical studies for teachers (60 cr). Tampere University is in charge of the study module in pedagogy as a whole.

Values of the programme

The atmosphere in the programme is encouraging, and its core values are dialogue, a critical standpoint and a comprehensive outlook.

Teaching methods

Studies are based on mandatory attendance, commitment and interaction. The programme uses diverse and ever-evolving teaching methods. Courses are arranged in the form of workshops, group projects, lectures and seminars, as well as independent learning assignments. Most of the instruction takes place on weekdays between 9:00 and 17:00.


The Master’s Programmes in Dance Pedagogy and Theatre Pedagogy engage in close cooperation with each other. About a half of the studies are arranged collaboratively, and the teachers in the programmes form a joint collegium, which acts as a decision-making body in regard to the programmes’ pedagogical guidelines and curricula. The main partners in the organising of the teaching are the University’s Department of Music Education and CERADA (Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts) as well as the Department of Art at Aalto University. Our international partners include the University of Auckland (New Zealand), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), University of Copenhagen, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and Sami University of Applied Sciences. 

The teaching practices can be carried out as either Finnish or international collaborations.


Teachers in the Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy are experts in the artistic field that they represent as well as in art pedagogy. They have diverse professional backgrounds and a strong research-based orientation in art pedagogy. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes experts as guest teachers on a regular basis.

Guest teachers, artists and lecturers in the dance and theatre pedagogy programmes 2019–2020

Tomi Slotte Dufva, Gabriele Goria, Susanna Hast, Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Tiina Jalkanen, Kristiina Junttila, Outi Järvinen, Heli Kauppila, Pauliina Kettunen, Pia Lindy, Kirsi Monni, Gesa Piper, Hanna Pohjola, Nicholas Rowe, Sami Santanen, Elina Saloranta, Mariana Siljamäki, Minna Suoniemi, Kenneth Siren, Francisco Trento, Isto Turpeinen.

Guest teachers, artists and lecturers in the dance and theatre pedagogy programmes 2018–2019

Anders Carlsson, Raisa Ekoluoma, Sanna From, Gabriele Goria, Sami Henrik Haapala, Sini Haapalinna, Marja-Leena Juntunen, Suvi Kajaus, Katri Kauppala, Heli Kauppila, Sanna Kivijärvi, Tuija Kokkonen, Alex Komlosi, Maiju Kopra, Helena Korpela, Maria Nurmela, Liisa Pentti, Gesa Piper, Hanna Pohjola, Pilvi Porkola, Camila Ribeiro, Liisa Risu, Leena Rouhiainen, Nicholas Rowe, Kenneth Siren, Timothy Smith, Yuko Takeda, Isto Turpeinen.


The Master’s Programme in Dance Pedagogy 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 applicant statistics from previous years.

Doctoral studies

A master’s degree gives eligibility to complete a Doctor of Arts (Dance) degree, for example, as a third-cycle degree. Doctoral studies in theatre and drama as well as dance are offered by the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke).

Learn more about studying with us

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Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy

  • master’s (2 years)

Target degree

Master of Arts (Dance)


Theatre Academy

Application languages

English, Finnish, Swedish Read more about language skill requirements

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 will be announced later.


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