Skip to content

Joint application to higher education autumn 2017: Application period has ended

Theatre and dance

Picture of ballet dancers

In addition to traditional theatre, competences in the Theatre and Dance field are also extensively utilised in many other fields. For instance, methods of applied drama are used to organise both business training and playback theatre sessions.

In addition to lectures, studies in Theatre and Dance consist of artistic projects, workshops and practical assignments. Theatre and Dance education also emphasises every student’s own unique artistic character. Acting students usually complete their work placements in Finnish professional theatres.

Professions in the field include actor, director and dancer. Furthermore, new professions are emerging alongside these, covering an extensive field of activities ranging from audiovisual assignments to teaching. This concerns dance and sound and lighting design, in particular, but also other dramatic arts. For instance, television and radio activities as well as film production employ theatre professionals.

The expanding job profile in the theatre field increases work opportunities both for freelancers and independent theatre ensembles as well as opportunities to become an entrepreneur.

You can study Theatre and Dance at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki and Theatrical Arts at the University of Tampere School of Communication, Media and Theatre. In addition to Theatre and Dance programmes, the field covers areas such as sound and lighting design.