Master’s Degree programme in Dance Performance
The Master’s Degree programme in Dance Performance allows you to develop as an artist and performer with a personal voice in relation to the society and its changing views of art.
The core of the studies is versatile research in the practices of a performer in the frameworks of dance art and other similar art forms. Students complete thematic studies and artistic projects in dance art, contextual studies giving background to contemporary performance and dancer’s work, as well as individual studies. The thesis project consists of an artistic and a written component.
As a student, you will develop as a solo performer and as an active, reflective member of an artistic team. The studies will support your development as an artist and a performer with a personal voice in relation to the changing society and its changing views of art and humanity.
In order to be admitted as a degree student to 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 programme has several languages of instruction, applicants are only required to prove their proficiency in one of the 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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Thematic studies in dance performance and artistic projects
- Movement practice and somatic methods 1
- Movement practice and somatic methods 2
- Dance practice 1: solo performance practices
- Dance practice 2: Methods of dance performance
- Dance practice 3: Applied dancing
- Vocal practice 1
- Vocal practice 2
- Study orientation 1
- Study orientation 2
- Contemporary performance and performance theory 1
- Contemporary performance and performance theory 2
- Philosophy of movement, philosophy of art 1
- Philosophy of movement, philosophy of art 2
- History and theory of dance performance
- Introduction to the professional field and basics of production
- Master's Thesis
- Artistic work and written section
- Maturity test
Scholarships & funding
Uniarts Helsinki has a scholarship programme for students who are liable for payment in the form of tuition fee waivers.
For more information, please visit the university website.
The languages of instruction for this programme are English and Finnish.
The tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is €5000 per year.
Tuition fees at Uniarts Helsinki are only applicable to students who study in English and who are not citizens of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland.
Target degree - Master’s Degree in Arts (Dance)
A master’s degree gives eligibility to complete a Doctor of Arts (Dance) degree, for example, as a third-cycle degree. Doctoral studies in dance are offered by the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke).
After graduating, you will have the preparedness to work in diverse and variable contexts of dance art. You will be able to develop as a solo performer and as an active member of an artistic team.
About this institute
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...
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 (2016–2020).
- We have unique facilities for creating arts with two campuses in Helsinki and a new building for fine arts being developed for 2021. 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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