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Dramaturgy and Playwriting, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Key facts:

  • The core of the programme is built around questions about art and theatre, a commitment to artistic processes and stage-related work. You will have a comprehensive view of dramaturgy, as it is seen as a mixture of elements, as the logic behind a performance, work or event. The programme explores both playwriting and comparative dramaturgy.
  • Dramaturgy is a dialogue between the different elements making up the play, the performance, the artwork or the event, and an interaction between the artistic whole and the audience and environment. Through a vibrant, critical world view and a thorough knowledge of the traditions of drama and theatre, you will acquire the tools needed for developing your dramaturgical thinking.
  • In the Dramaturgy and Playwriting programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki, dramaturgy is understood as more of a question rather than a perfect and complete system. The five-year degree programme approaches art and theatre in a spirit of questioning, experimentation and research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dramaturgy 
  • Theatre
  • Directing : Sources 
  • Conservatory Hour 
  • Foundations of Drama
  • Dramaturgy Forum 
  • Interpretation and Argument 
  • Foreign Language

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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