Student Admissions 2011
Programme in Dance
Two-year Programme, 120 Credits
Master’s Degree Programme
in Dance Pedagogy
Two-year Programme, 120 Credits
The objective of the Master’s degree programme is to develop the students’ own approach
to art pedagogy, and strengthen their command of their own field of art. In addition, the
programme aims to bring more depth to the students’ conception of art and teaching art
as a philosophical, social, ethical and aesthetic phenomenon. The objective is to create a
dynamic relationship between being both an artist and a teacher, and to enhance the
students’ competence to act as teachers of their art who reform and develop their fields.
The programme emphasises a reflective, innovative approach to the practice of art
pedagogy. A personal relationship with the roles of an artist and teacher forms the basis
of the education. The programme is based on a wide conception of different dance
forms, and the dance form that the student represents is taken into consideration when
planning the studies. The programme also opens connections between different art
forms, especially dance and theatre.
The scope of the Master’s programme is 120 credits. The two-year programme should
be attended on a full-time basis.
The Master’s programme in Dance Pedagogy is open also to applicants who do not
have sufficient skills in the Finnish or Swedish language. In this case, the language of
instruction is English.
The University of Helsinki is responsible for the Teacher’s Pedagogical Studies in the
Finnish and Swedish languages, included in the Master’s programme in Dance Pedagogy,
and the University of Oulu is responsible for the Pedagogic Studies in the English
General Selection Criteria
A person is eligible for the two-year Master’s programme in Dance Pedagogy if he/she
A lower university degree in dance or another applicable field
An applicable degree in a university of applied sciences
A corresponding BA-level (Bachelor of Arts) foreign degree, which qualifies for
respective higher education studies in a respective country
The applicant has acquired sufficient knowledge and competence based on studies,
artistic activity and work experience, acknowledged by the Theatre Academy
If the student is admitted based on the last point (The applicant has acquired sufficient
knowledge and competence based on studies, artistic activity and work experience,
acknowledged by the Theatre Academy), he/she must have a minimum of 60 credits
(40 credits in the old degree system) of university or other higher education studies in
the field of art. The requirement for artistic activity means full-time employment in the
applicant’s own field of art. The work experience must also be in the arts. When applying
for the Master’s degree programme in Dance Pedagogy, the work experience may also
consist of teaching in the applicant’s own field of art. The sufficiency of the artistic
activity and work experience is assessed based on the applicant’s application and
All students selected for the Master’s degree programme in Dance Pedagogy must have
completed at least 60 credits of dance studies on a university level. If the studies are not
included in a previous degree, the applicant must present proof of these studies by a
separate certificate given by the university.
Supplementary studies to achieve the necessary level of competence may be required
of a student who has been admitted to the Academy. The maximum amount of supple-
mentary studies is 30 credits.
The selection to the Master’s degree programme is conditional for those applicants
who have not completed a Bachelor’s degree or another applicable lower university
degree at the time of the selection process. These applicants must deliver a certificate of
completed Bachelor’s studies or other applicable lower university degree to Student
Affairs by 30 June 2011 at 4:15 p.m. (Finnish degree) or by 29 July 2011 at 4:15 p.m.
(foreign degree), or the conditional selection decision shall not be enforced. The
conditional decision does not concern applicants who are selected based on their studies,
artistic activity, and work experience.
The student selections are organised at the Theatre Academy’s premises in Haapanie-
The selection process happens in many phases, and eliminations are made between
phases. Eliminations can also be made during phases. Additional assignments requiring
preparation may also be given during the selection process.
The assignments are given in Finnish, or possibly in English, depending on the
applicants. The written parts of the examination may be answered in Finnish, Swedish,
Selection Phases I-II
The application period is 14 Feb– 25 Feb 2011.
The application form, advance assignment and appendices must be submitted by 25
Feb 2011 at 4:15 p.m.
II phase 16 April – 18 April 2011
Results 26 April 2011
The following criteria are considered in student selections:
Command of the student’s field of art
Social interaction skills
Motivation and commitment to become a teacher
Interest in learning and development
The above-mentioned areas are assessed through a teaching task, interview and artistic
Advance Assignment and Appendices/Phase I
The first phase consists of an advance assignment. The assignment is not specified or
explained further. The application deadline is 25 Feb 2011 at 4:15 p.m. The advance
assignments and appendices must be submitted to the Theatre Academy by this date at
the latest. Electronically submitted advance assignments or appendices are not taken into
1. Consider those experiences in making and learning art (dance) that are important
to you. Based on these experiences, write an essay (max two pages). Give a title.
2. Appendices to be submitted with the advance assignment:
a. A print or copy of the online application form
b. Passport photo (stapled to the right upper corner of the application form)
d. Copies of diplomas and study transcripts
e. Copies of other applicable certificates: knowledge and competence acquired
through studies, artistic activity and work experience
Information on the results of the first phase will be sent to the applicants in writing.
Those who have passed the first phase will receive an invitation to phase II.
1. Fill in the Application Form (Application period is 14 Feb 2011 – 25 Feb 2011)
Please fill in the electronic application form at www.yliopistohaku.fi (separate ad-
missions) by 25 Feb 2011 at 4:15 p.m., or request a paper form at the Theatre Academy’s
Student Affairs. The paper form must be delivered to the Theatre Academy’s Student
Affairs by 25 Feb 2011 at 4:15 p.m.
tel. 0400 792 002
fax. (09) 4313 6200
The Theatre Academy’s Student Affairs answers applicants’ questions on weekdays from
9-15 (and until 4:15 p.m. on the last day of the application period).
2. Send Advance Assignments and Appendices
Please submit the advance assignments, appendices and a print or copy of the online
application to the Theatre Academy’s Student Affairs. The deadline for the assignment is
25 Feb 2011 at 4:15 p.m. Electronically submitted advance assignments or appendices are
not taken into consideration.
Please mark your personal information on the advance assignments, as well as the
degree programme that you are applying for. Mailing address for the assignments:
Sending the application (application form, advance assignments, appendices) is the
applicant’s own responsibility. The applicant should send the application form, advance
assignments and appendices in good time before the application deadline, because the
Theatre Academy and the National Board of Education are not responsible for errors
made by the postal services, which may result in the late arrival of the application form or
advance assignments. Application forms received after the deadline are not taken into
consideration. Likewise, applications with missing advance assignments are not taken
into consideration. The Theatre Academy does not accept applications with insufficient
The application form, advance assignments and appendices will not be returned to the
applicant. The applicant must have the appendices translated by an authorised translator,
if they are in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English.
The applicant should be prepared to prove his/her identity on request during the