University of the Arts Helsinki

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24 months
5000 EUR/year
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As a student of the Directing programme at University of the Arts Helsinki, you will learn to create your own themes, forms, working methods and dramatic language in the continuously changing field of theatre.


The five-year Degree Programme in Directing consists of three-year bachelor’s studies (180 cr) and two-year master’s studies (120 cr). The bachelor’s studies will give you the basic competence to work in the profession of a director. During your master’s studies, you will deepen your competence and be given the chance to explore your areas of interests from a more comprehensive perspective. The programme aims at an open, inquisitive, and dialogic atmosphere and a willingness to examine issues related to one’s own field of art, culture, and society.

The basis of the studies are the theoretical and practical premises of the artistic field. After familiarising themselves with the basics, students apply the traditional and contemporary theories and practices of directing in their exercises. You will observe the concepts that are meaningful for your personal art-making and verbalise your way of thinking to others. You will create your own unique directing style and learn to reflect on your work from a conceptual and theoretical viewpoint. As your studies progress, you will learn to view your own work as part of a larger context in the world of theatre and the society at large.

Why study here?

In the Degree Programme in Directing, you will develop and verbalise your personal observation skills and critical thinking and improve your leadership in the arts. You will learn to master various production models and become familiar with the diverse theatre and art sectors. The aim of the degree is to train professionals who master their field of art and are also able to develop it further.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Collaborative thinking of production
  • Directing workshop - Musical
  • Directing workshop - closet drama
  • Radio play
  • Ritualistic theatre and performance
  • Consciousness and Art

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

All applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Certificate of your prior education and a transcript of study records
  • Certificate demonstrating your language skills
  • Document that proves release from liability for payment of tuition fees

Your submitted documents must state your current name and the degree programme they relate to. If the documents are not in Finnish, Swedish, or English, you must submit an authorised translation into one of these languages.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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