Live Art and Performance Studies (master’s programme)

A full-time, two-year master’s programme in English that uniquely combines performance theory with live art and performance art.

Three performers in a metro station posing, all wearing tinted eyewear, two facing the camera.
Photographer: Antti Ahonen

Why choose us?

Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS) is a two-year master’s programme in English that combines critical thinking with experimentation in artistic work and artistic research. It empowers its students to develop and activate new knowledge in performance and theory. It is one of the very few master’s programmes in the world that focuses on the intersection of performance studies and the practice of live art/performance art.

About the programme

The LAPS programme provides an interdisciplinary approach to performance art / live art and performance studies, which is reflected in the diverse fields of our lecturers, mentors, visiting artists and theorists. LAPS is partly constructed around rotating 1-to-1 mentorships, and includes group seminars in areas of core knowledge, art criticism, actionism and live art.

LAPS combines critical thinking with practice-led research, and seeks to flesh out synergies between research and practice. The programme’s lecturers, mentors, visiting artists and theorists provide diverse approaches to the field, which include, but are not limited to: visual culture, gender studies, performance philosophy, performative research, embodiment, community-based practice, anthropology, mediated performance, performative writing, or the political theory of performance and activism. These approaches provide practical and theoretical tools for students in the context of performance studies and artistic research after the post-humanist turn.

The LAPS programme empowers its students to develop and activate new knowledge in performance and theory. The applicants may already have a foundation in live art or performance art, but are now interested in performance studies and want to develop their discursive research skills alongside their artistic practice, or they may have already carried out research in another field in the humanities, but want to focus more on e.g. embodied practices or performative research. Therefore professionals from a wide range of fields, including people from the non-academic or activist backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.


Our lecturers are experienced professionals in their field. In addition to our permanent staff you will be taught by visiting lecturers, mentors and artists who represent a diversity of fields in arts and humanities.


Admission to the programme is organised every other year. 

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 you eligibility to pursue a doctoral degree in the Arts in e.g. Theatre and Drama. Doctoral studies in Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy are provided by the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke).

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You can apply to

Degree Programme in Live Art and Performance Studies

  • master’s (2 years)

Target degree

Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama)


Theatre Academy


English 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

No admission in 2022. Next possible time to apply will be announced later.

Persons in charge

Tero Nauha

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