Master's Degree Programme in Theatre Pedagogy

In the two-year master’s degree programme in theatre pedagogy, the students gain a firm foundation for individual and analytical thinking as well as practical skills in art pedagogy. The programme emphasises a reflective, critical and creative standpoint on the practices and pedagogy of performing arts. Theatre pedagogues work in basic art education, comprehensive schools and high schools, vocational education, and a variety of other fields.


In the master’s degree programme in dance pedagogy, learning takes place at the intersection of group dynamics and independent studies. Presence, commitment and genuine encounters form the foundation of students’ professional development. Investigative learning and constructive dialogue support students in constructing their own vision of art pedagogy and encourage them to challenge the status quo. 

Master's Degree in Theatre Pedagogy

Master's Degree in Theatre Pedagogy

Pedagogy studies for teachers at the Theatre Academy (60 credits)

Studying in the master’s degree programmes for dance/theatre pedagogy is an open process of interaction and learning, where we step into the unknown, take risks and try out new ways of doing. Studies take place in an encouraging environment that is based on listening to and encountering each other, assessing the big picture and critically evaluating our work.
Studies in the master’s degree programme in dance/theatre pedagogy are based on presence, commitment and interaction. The degree requirements give students the opportunity to plan their studies flexibly, with the yearly syllabus providing the framework. The weekly “timetable” contains the latest changes and current events. The artistic-pedagogical event is a sizable study module and an art project within the studies, taken at the end of the first year and in the beginning of the second. Get familiar with the concept of artistic-pedagogical event and see the past events at the link below!
The master’s degree programme in dance pedagogy operates in a domestic and international framework. Internal partners at Uniarts Helsinki include e.g. music pedagogy subjects at the Sibelius Academy and CERADA (Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts) and the Finnish art pedagogy observatory operating in connection with it. Important collaboration partners in education are the Art Department of Aalto University and the University of Tampere. For the teacher training phase we have both domestic and international collaboration partners. Our most important international partners are University of Auckland (National Institute for Creative Arts and Industries, Dance Studies Department) and the Al Harah theatre in Palestine.
Material bank
The material bank of the master’s degree programme contains publications, lecture recordings, videos, thesis projects, doctoral theses and lists of graduated students.


Riku Saastamoinen  Lecturer in Theatre Arts, Head of Department

Irene Kajo  Lecturer in Theatre Pedagogy

Taneli Tuovinen Lecturer in Art Pedagogy


Visiting teachers, artists and lecturers (Master's Programmes in Dance Pedagogy and Theatre Pedagogy) 2019–2020:

Tomi Slotte Dufva, Susanna Hast, Tiina Jalkanen, Kristiina Junttila, Outi Järvinen, Heli Kauppila, Pauliina Kettunen, Pia Lindy, Kirsi Monni, Gesa Piper, Hanna Pohjola, Nicholas Rowe, Mariana Siljamäki, Kenneth Siren, Isto Turpeinen.


Visiting teachers, artists and lecturers (Master's Programmes in Dance Pedagogy and Theatre Pedagogy) 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.

How to apply

The next application period of the Master's Degree Programme in Theatre Pedagogy is in January 2020.

Contact information

All University of the Arts Helsinki e-mail addresses are in the form firstname.lastname (at)


Justiina Westerinen