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Master’s Program in Choreography

University of the Arts Helsinki
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Finnish
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Master’s Program in Choreography

The Master’s Degree programs in Choreography allows you to develop into an artist with a personal voice while interacting with the society and its changing views of art.

The choreography program leading to a Master of Arts (Dance) consists of two years of full-time studies. The studies (120 cr) consist of thematic studies on choreography and personal artistic projects, contextual studies, optional studies and an MA thesis. The focus is on the central questions and methods in contemporary choreography, the history and theoretical basis of choreography and contemporary performance, as well as on the work opportunities and the work environment of an artist. Artistic projects and collaborations with students from other degree programs both in Finland and abroad also play an important role.

The program emphasises a historically conscious, yet critical, open, and research-based take on choreography. Students are offered a diverse learning environment, which supports artistic development, dialogue-oriented interaction and cooperation, and where practical and theoretical questions of contemporary choreography are integrated into artistic processes.

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.

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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Program content

Thematic Studies in Choreography and Artistic Projects

  • Choreography 1: Composition and the artistic process
  • Choreography 2: Contemporary choreography: questions and practices # 1
  • Choreography 3: Contemporary choreography: questions and practices # 2
  • Artistic research 2
  • Artistic practices 1
  • Artistic practices 2
  • History and theory of choreography 1
  • History and theory of choreography 2
  • Nordic Choreographic Platform 1
  • Nordic Choreograhic Platform 2
  • Orientation to artistic collaboration and ACO project

Contextual studies

  • Contemporary performance and theory 1
  • Contemporary performance and theory 2
  • Perspectives on contemporary thinkig and philosophy 1
  • Perspectives on contemporay thinking and philosophy 2
  • The professional field and basics of production 1
  • The professional field and basics of production 2
  • Study orientation 1
  • Study orientation 2
  • Thesis seminar

Master's thesis

  • Artistic and written thesis
  • Maturity test

For more information, please check the course webpage.

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

The languages of instruction for this program 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 Non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a BA or a MA degree in English.


Target degree - Master’s Degree in Arts (Dance)

Continuing studies

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).

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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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FI-00097 UNIARTS Helsinki

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