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Directing, bachelor and master

With us, you will learn to find your own thematic interests, working methods and dramatic language in the continuously changing field of theatre.

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Why study here?

In the degree programme in directing, you will learn to verbalise your personal observations, develop critical thinking and improve your leadership in the arts. You will learn to master various production models and become familiar with the diverse sectors of theatre and art. Our aim is to train professionals who master their art form and are also able to develop it further.

Content and objective of the programme

The five-year degree programme in directing consists of three-year bachelor’s studies (180 credits) and two-year master’s studies (120 credits). The bachelor’s studies will give you the basic competence to work as a director. During your master’s studies, you will deepen your skills and explore your areas of interest from a more comprehensive perspective. We aim at an open, inquisitive, and dialog-driven atmosphere. We guide you to examine issues related to your own field of art, culture, and society. 

You will begin your studies by getting to know the theoretical and practical premises of your art form. After familiarising yourself with the basics, you will apply the traditional and contemporary theories and practices of directing in exercises. You will observe the concepts that are meaningful for your personal art and verbalise your way of thinking to others. You will create your own unique directing style and learn to reflect on your work from a conceptual and theoretical viewpoint. As your studies progress, you will learn to view your own work as part of a larger context in the world of theatre and society. 

We give you the supportive environment you need to grow your own distinctive artistic qualities. After you graduate, you can also pursue doctoral studies. The main aims of your education include the following: you will continuously develop your artistic expression and vision, you will let ideas flow freely, and you will be able to think analytically and critically. We want to give you an in-depth understanding of the nature, history, and current status of theatrical arts.  

In addition to your personal artistic growth, we emphasise the communal nature of theatre. We arrange the majority of the studies collaboratively as shared stage studies, demos and performance productions together with students of other degree programmes. We encourage future theatre artists to seek joint themes, forms, work methods, and a joint language for the stage, and to form future partnerships by networking with fellow students. During your studies, you will work together with students of dramaturgy, acting, choreography, sound and lighting design, scenography and costume design, for example. Other partners include theatres, operators in the field of theatre, universities, and other stakeholders. 

The primary language of instruction is Finnish. However, students have the right to use Swedish both orally and in writing in connection with teaching and examinations, unless otherwise specified in the curriculum or required by the nature of the teaching.


Our teachers are experienced experts in their field. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the programme welcomes top professionals from both Finland and abroad as guests on a regular basis. 

Doctoral studies

You can complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a master’s degree, you can apply for doctoral studies in theatre and drama and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies. 

Admissions guide

Target degree and length of study

Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama)
5 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 tuition fees

Supervising teacher

  • Saana Lavaste

    Professor, Degree Programme in Directing, Theatre Academy


Theatre Academy

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