Degree Programme in Directing
The aim of the three-year degree programme in directing is to enable students to create their own themes, forms, working methods, and dramatic language in the continuously changing field of theatrical arts. The studies aim at an open, inquisitive, and dialogic atmosphere and a willingness to examine issues related to one’s own field of art, culture, and society. The two-year master’s studies take the capacity acquired in the bachelor’s studies to a more advanced level.
The Degree Programme in Directing offers knowledge, skills, and techniques associated with working in the profession of a director; improves familiarity with and mastery of various production models; and introduces students to the diverse fields of theatre and art. The aim of the degree is to turn out professionals who master their field of art and are also able to develop it further.
The Degree Programme in Directing provides the students with prerequisites for continuously developing their personal artistic quality and capacity for further studies. The essential aims of the degree programme include continuous development of artistic expression and vision, an unprejudiced flow of ideas, and analytical and critical thinking.
The aim of the studies is to give the students an in-depth understanding of the nature of theatrical arts, their history, and their current status and to enable students to create their own themes, forms, working methods, and dramatic language in the continuously changing field of theatrical arts. The studies aim at an open, inquisitive, and dialogic atmosphere and a willingness to examine issues related to one’s own field of art, culture, and society.
The Language of Teaching and Degree is Finnish. Most of the teaching is in Finnish. However, student has the right to use written or spoken Swedish in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of the teaching makes it impossible.
Master's degree (MA)
Master's degree (MA)
The Master's studies take the capacity acquired in Bachelor's studies to a more advanced level. The aim of the studies is for the students to be capable of working independently and to be able to solve problems associated with the work processes creatively and with vision. The objective is that the students learn to master larger artistic wholes, assume responsibility for their work in the process, persuade their team to have confidence in their vision and to develop it further together, create a personal dramatic language, and be capable of a conceptual and theoretical analysis of their own work. The studies build up the students' knowledge, skills, and artistic capacity and give the students tools for developing their artistic identity by consciously familiarising themselves with the diverse operating methods and artistic concepts of their art through common performing arts studies.
In addition to the students' personal growth as artists, the studies offered by the Department of Theatre and Drama emphasise the communal nature of theatre. The majority of modules are based on studying together in the form of shared stage studies or demonstration performances and productions staged with students from the other programmes. The aim is to guide future theatre artists in finding and creating joint themes, forms, working methods, and a dramatic language while they are still students, and to meet future colleagues among their fellow students. During their studies they will work together with students of acting, choreography, dance, sound and lighting design, cinematic art, stage lighting, and costume design. Other partners will include theatres, operators in the field of theatre, universities, and other stakeholders.
We invite applications to the Degree Programme in Directing annually. The entrance examination is held in the spring.
The next application period of the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2019.