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Degree Program in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

University of the Arts Helsinki
2 years
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Master's degree
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Degree Program in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

CDPR’s goal is to educate internationally active professionals with the ability and determination to go beyond a wide range of boundaries – artistic, cultural, linguistic and disciplinary – in order to create inventive performances. 

The CDPR program trains students to become research-oriented artists with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with issues of their choice in and through the performing arts.  

The curriculum prepares students for important challenges that have shaped the field of performing arts in recent decades, such as the expansion of the concepts of performance and dramaturgy; shifts in what constitutes the work of the dramaturge; changes in the relationship between art and research; and increased international and multidisciplinary collaboration.  

The double-degree students delve into diverse performance and research practices and gain a detailed understanding of different local performing arts scenes. Students will develop an ability to compare and connect different artistic practices, cultural systems, languages and fields of research – to act as an active intermediator among them. 

Students enter the program with an existing performance practice and a preliminary master’s research plan, giving direction to their studies from the outset. The plan is revised and expanded during the studies. 

The CDPR program is four semesters in length and requires full-time residency. The study program is comprehensive and demanding. 

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted as a degree student to the Uniarts Helsinki, applicants must have command of the language of instruction used in the program. Having sufficient language skills is, in principle, a requirement in order to be eligible to apply, and it ensures that the applicant has demonstrated educability and suitability for university-level education and has the communication skills needed as a student.

The academies determine the languages of instruction for each degree program. The languages are stated in the program’s admission criteria as well as the syllabus.

If a program has several languages of instruction, applicants are only required to prove their proficiency in one of the languages. If a degree program or e.g. joint program requires the demand of several languages, applicants may be required to demonstrate their language skills in several languages.

Applicants must demonstrate their skills with a language certificate or prior studies. Language skills may also be assessed as part of entrance examinations.

A number of our study programs is offered in Finnish, Swedish, and English. This means that the student has the right to use any of these languages in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of teaching makes it impossible. Please notice that most of our group instruction is held in Finnish or English.

These requirements are followed in our bachelor’s and master’s admissions, and in doctoral admissions where appropriate.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Degree structure and studies at Uniarts Helsinki

The CDPR studies have a different structure for students commencing their studies at Uniarts Helsinki and for students who participate in the programme from one of the partner universities. 

For students commencing their CDPR double-degree studies at Uniarts Helsinki, studies consist of both programme-specific studies, seminars in dramaturgy and optional advanced studies. In the fourth semester, they return to Uniarts Helsinki to complete their thesis, the planning of which they have begun in the first semester. The thesis usually consists of an artistic and a written part. The artistic thesis can either be an independent project or working as a dramaturge in a collaborative production with other students of Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy. 

For students participating in the programme from one of the partner universities, studies at Uniarts Helsinki consist of both programme-specific and optional advanced studies. Studies include workshops and seminars in comparative dramaturgy and performance research, as well as advanced studies in dramaturgy and other fields of theatre and performance arts.

For more information, please check the course webpage.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is €5000 per year.

Tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki are only applicable to Non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a BA or a MA degree in English.


Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama). Double master’s degree from two universities. You can apply to: master's (2 years)

Continuing studies

A master’s degree gives eligibility to complete a Doctor of Arts (Theatre) degree, for example, as a third-cycle degree.  

Should students be interested in going on to practice-led doctoral studies, the goal of the CDPR program is to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to do so. 

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University of the Arts Helsinki

The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) offers the highest education in fine arts, music, dance and theatre in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. Uniarts Helsinki’s wide selection of programs in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching...

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Why study at University of the Arts Helsinki

  • The University of the Arts is one of the leading performing arts universities in the world: Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy has ranked among the top 15 universities in the QS World University Ranking for five consecutive years (2016–2021).
  • We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts which was opened in 2021. The facilities are in the use of the Academy of Fine Arts as well as students of light design, sound design, and design for the performing arts. We host over 1,000 public performances or exhibitions per year.
  • At Uniarts Helsinki you can study in an inspiring environment where different disciplines of art influence each other. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki;Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius Academy, have roots deep within the Finnish arts education and history of art. The predecessors of all three academies were founded in the 19th century although then they operated under slightly different names.
  • The Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki is an international academy with a focus on fine arts. Students' personal aspirations and one-to-one guidance in teaching are at the heart of the academy.
  • The Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. It is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities.
  • The Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki is a reformer of the performing arts and offer the highest education in theatre, dance and writing in Finland.

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