Develop into an artist with a personal voice while interacting with society and its changing views of art.
Why study here?
The Master’s Degree Program in Choreography is comprised of two years of full-time studies that will help you develop into an independent artist. You will develop your critical awareness and understanding of the practices and strategies in contemporary choreography and of the interactional relationship between art and society.
Content and objective of the program
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 emphasizes 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.
The program collaborates with Uniarts Helsinki’s other degree programs in various ways. It offers students exceptional opportunities for artistic activity, making use of the academy’s performance facilities and production services. The program is actively involved in international partnerships and educational cooperation, considering the international nature and field of activities of a choreographer’s work.
The Master’s Degree Program in Choreography advances students’ readiness for doctoral studies and artistic research, collaborates with the Theatre Academy’s Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke), and is also an essential agent in the Theatre Academy’s international publication series Kinesis, which publishes research studies on dance.
In addition to the program’s artistic director (the professor), the teaching staff comprises visiting teachers and professors, lecturers, artists, and other experts in the field.
The MA Program in Choreography collaborates with other degree programs of the University as well as with the Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke). The program also has an active relationship with dance professionals by welcoming visiting artists and organizing mentorship programs for students.
The program is actively involved in international partnerships and educational cooperation, considering the international nature of the work of contemporary choreographers. The students take part in European dance events and visit other art education institutions. The program receives a number of guest teachers and artists from the international field of dance and performing arts each year.
The MA Program in Choreography offers students exceptional opportunities for artistic activities, making use of the Academy’s performance facilities and services.
The degree requirements include four artistic projects. Their aim is to support the student’s personal, creative and structured view of the multidimensional ways in which choreography manifests as art.
Our teachers are experienced experts in their field. In addition to the permanent teaching staff, the program welcomes top experts from both Finland and abroad as guests on a regular basis.
The Nordic Choreographic Platform (NCP)
The program participates in developing and establishing Nordic cooperation in the field of MA education in choreography. Parties to the collaboration project are The Danish National School for Performing Arts, The Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and Uniarts Stockholm. NCP forms part of the annual syllabus of the degree program in choreography, with varying ways of implementation. Participation in the NCP program provides students with a multi-faceted learning environment and broadens their future professional field by offering the possibility of networking with other students and producers alike.