Length of Study and the Language of the Degree
- Length of study: 2 years
- Language of degree: Finnish or English
Uniarts Helsinki’s admissions are part of the Joint application for higher education. Applying takes place via Studyinfo.fi. Application period is 8 -22 January 2020.
Eligibility for Education
An applicant is eligible for the two-year Master’s Studies in Directing if he or she has:
1) A BA degree from the degree programme in directing
2) Another applicable undergraduate university degree, a degree from a university of applied sciences or a BA level degree completed abroad that comprises a sufficient amount of studies in directing.
In this case the applicant’s degree should comprise at least 30 ECTS study credits’ worth of studies in directing. The applicant should also have work experience as a director of professional productions corresponding to approximately 30 ECTS study credits. The applicant’s artistic activity and practical experience in professional productions in the field of directing may compensate for directing studies missing from a previous degree.
3) The applicant has acquired sufficient knowledge and competence based on studies, artistic activity and work experience, acknowledged by the Theatre Academy. This admission criterion is intended for applicants whose undergraduate degree is incomplete or who have separate university-level studies in the arts (e.g. through the Open University).
The applicant needs to have completed university studies worth at least 60 ECTS study credits, the applicability of which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Studies may comprise university-level studies in directing, or university studies that support it, and have to be completed by the end of the application period. In addition to 60 study credits, applicants need to have strong proof of artistic activity corresponding to approximately 120 credits’ worth of studies / two years’ full-time work in the field of the application target.
A decision on the applicant’s eligibility will be made before sending out invitations to the entrance examination.
Applicants found ineligible will be informed of that decision. Applicants found eligible will be informed of that decision via email by week 9-10. NB. Only those who, based on their advanced assignments, proceed to the next stage of the application process will be invited to the entrance examination.
The selection to the Master’s degree programme is conditional for those applicants who have not completed a Bachelor’s degree or another applicable first-cycle degree at the time of the selection process. These applicants must deliver a certificate of completed Bachelor’s studies or other applicable first-cycle degree to Admissions Services by 10 July 2020 at 3 pm (Finnish time) otherwise their conditional selection will be cancelled. A conditional decision does not concern applicants who are selected based on their studies, artistic activity and work experience.
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 supplementary studies is 30 credits. Admitted students will be informed of any supplementary studies required of them in the letter of acceptance and the announcement of admissions results.
The language of degree in the Master’s Studies in Directing is Finnish or English. The language of study is Finnish and/or English.
The programme admits students who study in either Finnish or English. If the programme admits new students to study in English, some of the teaching will be offered in English to the entire class.
Student has the right to use written or spoken Swedish in teaching and study attainments, unless it is otherwise stated in the curriculum or the character of the teaching makes it impossible. However, most of the group instruction is in Finnish and/or English.
In order to be admitted as a degree student at Uniarts Helsinki, applicants must have command of the language of instruction used in the programme. They must demonstrate their skills with a successfully completed language proficiency test or with prior studies. In addition, the Selection Committee assesses the applicant’s language skills during entrance examinations through written and practical assignments and interviews.
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 applicant should attest sufficient language skills by 29 January 2020 by 3 pm:
- if the applicant is attesting sufficient language skills by way of another degree than the Finnish Matriculation Examination in or after 1990. The applicant is to submit the diploma.
- if the applicant wish to use prior studies as proof of their sufficient language skills but haven’t yet completed the degree (e.g. candidates for the Finnish matriculation examination and applicants who are studying towards a bachelor’s degree). The applicant is to submit a certificate of completed studies along with a statement about the estimated time of graduation.
The applicant should attest sufficient language skills by 18 March 2020 by 3pm:
- If the applicant is attesting sufficient language skills by way of a language test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS). The applicant is to submit a certificate of successful completion of the language test.
Applicants who have passed the Finnish Matriculation Examination in or after 1990 do not have to submit a certificate at the application stage.
Demonstrating the Language Proficiency
Demonstrating proficiency in English for programmes taught in English
Applicants may demonstrate their proficiency in English in the following ways:
- Certificate of general education completed in English in an EU or EEA country, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
- Certificate of a university degree or a university of applied sciences degree completed in English in an EU or EEA country, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
The official language of the degree must be mentioned on the degree certificate or its appendix, in the transcript of study records, or some other official document issued by the institution in question. In order for the degree to serve as proof of language skills, it must be completed by the end of the deadline that is specified for the delivery of certificates in the admissions criteria and that applies to applicants who are admitted under certain conditions.
- Certificate of a university or a university of applied sciences degree completed in Finnish, Swedish or English in Finland, which includes foreign language studies in English in accordance with the decree 794/2004 or 1129/2014
Uniarts Helsinki also counts foreign language studies in English that are completed in Finland in accordance with the above-mentioned decree and included in a university degree/university of applied sciences degree as proof of language proficiency. Foreign language studies in English that are included in an incomplete Finnish university/university of applied sciences degree, as well as studies completed in some other manner, can also be approved, provided that the studies comply with the decree. In this case, the applicant must send a transcript of study records to Uniarts Helsinki along with a copy of the degree requirements of the higher education institution in question or some other document that states which language studies are required for the degree.
Applicants who haven’t received their general education in English or haven’t completed a degree at a higher education institution in English in one of the above-mentioned countries can demonstrate their language skills in the following ways:
- English test of the Finnish matriculation examination completed in the advanced syllabus level (A-level language) with a minimum grade of magna cum laude approbatur (M)
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:
– diploma completed in English;
– passing grade in the English test (literature / language and literature / language and performance) on level A; or
– minimum grade of 5 (good) in the English language test on level B
- European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma:
– passing grade in English as the L1 language; or
– minimum grade of 7 in English as the L2 or L3 language
- A Reifeprüfung diploma (Deutsche Schule Helsinki) can be used as proof of sufficient language skills if the applicant has received a passing grade in the written level A English test (or an equivalent result in Deutsches Internationales Abitur) or a minimum grade of 8 in the oral level A English test
- Certificate of a completed language test approved by Uniarts Helsinki
– TOEFL (IBT) – Total score: 92
– IELTS (Academic) – Overall Band Score: 6.5
– Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE): accepted grades are A, B, C and Level C1
– Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE): accepted grades are A, B, C and Level B2
– Cambridge English B2 First (FCE): Accepted grades are A, B, and C.
– Pearson Test of English (Academic) – Total score: 59
IELTS, TOEFL and PTE test results are valid for two years from the test date. Cambridge results are valid indefinitely.
See Finnish site for Apply to Master’s Studies in Directing for information about demonstrating proficiency in Finnish for programmes taught in Finnish.
Annual Tuition Fees
In the academic year 2020-2021, University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) will charge an annual tuition fee of 5,000 euros from non-EU and non-EEA students studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a foreign language. The amount of the fee will stay the same for the duration of a particular student’s studies.
In the 2020 student admissions of the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki, tuition fees will apply to applicants applying to one of our English-speaking degree programmes;
- Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy
- Master’s Degree Programme in Theatre Pedagogy
- Master’s Studies in Directing
The fee cannot be charged to a citizen of a Member State of the European Economic Area, or to a person who is entitled to the same treatment as EU citizens under a treaty signed by the European Union and its Member States with a third party or to a family member of the above-mentioned individuals. Nor can it be charged to a person with an EU Blue Card, a continuous or permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s EC residence permit issued to third-country nationals as referred to in the Aliens Act, or to a family member of the above-mentioned individuals. The definition of persons regarded as family members is based on the Aliens Act.
Exemption from tuition fees
You are exempted from paying tuition fees if you have one of the following documents:
- Passport or identity card to indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland
- EU Blue Card in Finland
- Continuous residence permit card in Finland, Type A permit
- EU Family Member’s Residence Card in Finland
- Permanent residence permit card in Finland, Type P permit
- EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (Type P-EU)
Temporary permit cards and passports must be valid at least until the start of studies.
If the applicant is liable for payment due to their nationality, they must use the application form in the Study info portal to notify whether there are abovementioned grounds that would apply and release the applicant from payment. The applicant must provide the necessary documents that prove release from liability for payment and submit them to the admissions office no later than 29 January 2020 at 3 pm (Finnish time).
If the applicant’s liability to pay the fee changes after the application deadline, they must contact the admissions office immediately.
Tuition fee waivers
Uniarts Helsinki has a scholarship programme for students who are liable for payment in the form of tuition fee waivers. Applicants should note that the university does not offer any scholarships for living expenses.
Applicants who are liable for payment must also state on the application form if they want to apply for a scholarship from Uniarts Helsinki to cover the annual tuition fee if they get accepted. Students may apply for the scholarship using a separate form. The scholarships are granted for one academic year at a time based on the students’ applications. The amount of the scholarship is 2,500 or 5,000 euros.
If a student is awarded a scholarship will be notified of the decision personally at the same time as they receive the admission results. Students who are liable for payment have the right to apply for scholarships during the normative duration of their studies. The scholarships are applied for and the decisions regarding scholarships are made annually.
The annual tuition fee must be paid no later than 10 July 2020 at 3 pm (Finnish time). The application process for a residence permit can only begin after the annual tuition fee has been paid. Uniarts Helsinki recommends students to pay the annual tuition fee as soon as possible after they receive the notification of their acceptance.
Students are required to pay the annual tuition fee in order to register for attendance and complete studies.
The advance assignments of the student selection process focus on the applicant’s:
- Theatrical, dramaturgical and visual skills of perception
- Originality and scope of thinking and imagination
- Overall perception of theatre performance
- Individual and artistic capacity for reflection
In the actual entrance examination we also focus attention on:
- Artistic talent
- The ability to translate one’s individual thinking to the stage
- Motivation, commitment and responsibility
- Leadership and interaction skills
- Suitability to the field and to university studies
The assignments are not specified or explained further. The advance assignments may be completed in Finnish, Swedish or English. Page size is A4, spacing 1.5, font size 12. Please mark your name on each advance assignment.
1. What, to you, lies at the heart of theatre as an art form? Its most important aspect, the reason why it exists at all? (Length at most ½ A4).
2. Read ‘Borderliners’ by Peter Høeg (Delta; Nov-95 edition (October 1, 1995)). Which things stood out to you the most in your reading experience? What touched you? What puzzled you the most? In what way do you feel this book relates to modern times? (Length at most ½ A4).
3. Prepare a performance plan based on the ‘Borderliners’ book. (Length at most ½ A4 plus a picture of your choice.)
a) What is the basic idea of your performance? What story does it tell? Why are you doing it?
b) How would you dramatize the text? What would you highlight?
c) How would you organize the space, consider the audience, the aesthetics of the actors’ work, the visual style and the music/sound?
d) Choose an image that summarizes the mood of your performance. (Largest permitted size 1 A4. Must not be a collage.)
4. Imagine a time when everything in your life has fallen apart. And think about what got you back on your feet. Think also about how these events changed you. Based on this, make a video where you summarize what happened and why, using comedy as a tool. You need to perform in the video yourself. The length of the video should be 1 minute. You must not cut the recording or include any special effects.
5. Clarify what it is about your work experience and studies that make you qualified to apply to master’s studies. Form your own artistic question in the field of directing that you would like to investigate in your studies. Explain what things in your own artistic work experience and studies have led you to this particular question. Share how you think MA studies in directing would help you deepen your competence. As background material, use the curriculum for the degree programme in directing 2020-2025 (pdf).
6. Create a portfolio that contains a description of at least three of your artistic works and/or a video summary at most 10 minutes in length. The descriptions should comprise the most important information about the performance, venue, work group and the theatre that produced the performance.
How to Apply
Master’s Studies in Directing can be found on the Studyinfo portal under the name of:
Master’s Admission, Directing, Master of Arts in Theatre and Drama (2 yr)
1. Complete and submit an online application form at the Studyinfo portal by 22 January 2020 at 3 pm (Finnish time).
2. Submit Advance Assignments and Appendices via Studyinfo portal by 29 January 2020 at 3 pm (Finnish time).
- Advance assignments
- CV (a list of your education, work experience, and artistic experience)
- A copy of a Finnish or international first-cycle (BA) degree diploma
- A copy of diploma supplement (DS), if used at the international institution of higher education in question) or a report on the scope of international studies in ECTS credits and their grading on a five-point scale (if a diploma supplement is unavailable)
- A copy of the official transcript of those studies which the applicant wishes to be considered in the application process (e.g., a transcript of the studies leading to the completed degree)
- Copies of other applicable certificates: knowledge and competence acquired through studies, artistic activity and work experience
- A certificate of proficiency in English, unless proficiency can be attested based on a completed university degree (to be submitted by 29 January or 18 March; please see instructions in the section ‘Language skill requirements’)
- The necessary documents that prove release from liability for tuition fee payment
The applicant must have the appendices translated by a professional translator, if they are in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English.
Applications (application forms, advance assignments, appendices) will be sent at the sender’s risk. The applicants are advised to submit their application forms, advance assignments and appendices in good time before the closing of the application period. It can take up to hours to upload larger files if there is a lot of traffic in the system.
Late application forms and advance assignments will not be considered, nor can applications be submitted without the advance assignments.
Advance assignments submitted via email are not taken into consideration.
A decision on the applicant’s eligibility will be made on week 9-10. Applicants found eligible/ ineligible will be informed of that decision via e-mail. Those who have passed the first phase based on their advance assignments will be sent invitations to phase 2 by e-mail during week 15 at the latest. Applicants cannot change the entrance examination times assigned to them. Applicants not considered eligible based on the advance assignments will also be notified via e-mail.
Phase 1 of student selections: Application to Studyinfo portal and submitting the advance assignments
Phase 2-3 of student selections: Mon 18 May – Tue 19 May 2020
Phase 4 of student selections: Wed 20 May – Fri 22 May 2020
The student selections are organised at the Theatre Academy’s premises in Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki between 8:30am-6pm.
The selection process occurs in many phases. Applicants may be eliminated after each stage and assignment of the entrance examination.
In the student selections, the applicant will:
– complete group assignments and written assignments
– direct actors
– be interviewed
The individual assignments can be carried out in Finnish, Swedish or English. If persons applying to study in English have been invited to the entrance examination, the group assignments will take place in Finnish and English. The written parts of the examination may be answered in Finnish, Swedish, or English.
Please note that you might need a visa to enter Finland to participate in entrance examination. With certain countries, an invitation to entrance examination/admissions course alone might not entitle the applicant to a visa. Please check what the Finnish authorities require from your country in good time.
Announcement of Results
The Theatre Academy will publish the entrance examination results on 13 May and 3 June 2020. The decisions will be available from 9 am (Finnish time) onwards. Results are published on Uniarts Helsinki’s public website (www.uniarts.fi) and posted on the Theatre Academy entrance on Sörnäisten rantatie. When you fill in your application form you can choose to not allow your name to be published online.
Results will be published on 13 May 2020 at 9 a.m. (Finnish time):
- Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Pedagogy
- Master’s Degree Programme in Theatre Pedagogy
Results will be published on 3 June 2020 at 9 a.m. (Finnish time):
- Master’s Studies in Directing
- Degree Programme in Dance
- Degree Programme in Dramaturgy and Playwriting
- Master’s Studies in Dramaturgy and Playwriting
- Degree Programme in Acting (in Finnish)
- Degree Programme in Directing
- Degree Programme in Lighting Design
- Master’s Studies in Lighting Design
- Degree Programme in Sound Design
- Master’s Studies in Sound Design
Applicants admitted as students and those placed on the waiting list receive an email of the admissions results on the day when the admission decision is published. Other applicants are not notified about the results by email.
You can also check the results by sending an e-mail to Admission Services.
Accepting an Offer of Admission
An offer of admission can be accepted either via the Studyinfo system or by filling in the confirmation form attached to the letter of acceptance and delivering it to the admissions office. The offer of admission must be accepted no later than 10 July 2020 at 3 pm (Finnish time). If the confirmation form arrives after the deadline, it will not be considered.
Accepting an offer of admission is a binding choice, which cannot be changed or cancelled later on. If, however, the applicant wants to decline the offer of admission after first accepting it, they are considered to have accepted the study place during the term in question (see the “one study place per term” provision).
NOTE: Applicants who are liable for annual tuition fee payment are to pay the fee in connection with the acceptance of a study place no later than 10 July 2020 at 3 pm (Finnish time). Students are required to pay the annual tuition fee in order to begin the residence permit process, register for attendance at the university and complete studies.
New students will receive instructions for enrolment together with the letter of admission results.