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Scenkonstpedagog (YH) h21, dagstudier


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Year of study 1 2 3 4
Search for study unit: ECTS 1 2 3 4 1A 1S 2A 2S 3A 3S 4A 4S 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
Generic studies
Introduction to Academic Studies 3
Swedish 3                                                                
Finnish 3  
Finnish - Oral Skills 0                                                                
Finnish - Writing Skills 0                                                                
English 3      
Research Methodology 3      
Specific studies
Play as the basis of theatre 4
Theatre and drama history 4  
Entrepreneurship 3  
Cultural studies 4  
Theatre Studies
Basic course in acting 1 10
Basic course in acting 2 8  
Voice and text 3
Stagecraft 4
Scenic interpretation 1 4
Scenic interpretation 2 10
Scenic interpretation 3 4  
Scenic interpretation 4, Contemporary theatre 10    
Stage directing 1 7  
Stage directing 2 8    
Dramatic writing 3  
Mask and clown 5      
Physical theatre 3    
Movement Studies
Voice and movement 3
Movement 1 4
Movement 2 4  
Movement 3 4  
Movement 4 4    
Pedagogical studies for Theater pedagogues
Pedagogics according to Åbo Akademi University requirements
The sociology of pedagogy 5
The psychology of pedagogy 5
Pre-school and primary level education 5
School Didactics 1 5
Advanced Pedagogic for Theater pedagogues
Subject pedagogy with focus on drama 5
Subject didactic theory and practice with focus on children and youth: Teaching practice 1 5  
Subject didactic theory and practice with focus on professional theatre: Artistic leadership 1 5  
Subject pedagogy, with focus on applied theatre (youth and adults) 5  
Subject didactic theory and practice with focus on professional theatre: Artistic leadership 2 5    
Subject pedagogy with focus on audience relations 5      
Subject didactic theory and practice with focus on groups with special needs: Teaching practice 2 5      
Elective Studies
(Select 12 ECTS)
Work practice 1 5
Work practice 2 5    
Work practice 3 10    
Work practice 4 10    
Degree Thesis 15      
ECTS credits per period / semester / academic year 75 59 55 36 28.9 46.1 35.3 23.7 25 30 17.4 19.6 14.5 14.5 15.4 15.4 15.4 17.7 17.7 7.9 7.9 7.9 12.5 12.5 10 10 10 15.7 15.7 6.9 6.9 6.9

Due to the timing of optional and elective courses, credit accumulation per semester / academic year may vary.


The training includes 240 credits/4 years. Study structure:
-Basic Studies
-Undergraduate studies in pedagogy
-Subject Pedagogical studies
-Professional Studies
-Optional Studies
-Degree Project and thesis

First year: Focus on Basic education in theatrical art and the pedagogical basic studies.
Second year: Focus on theater- and Dramapedagogik.
Third year: In the autumn semester, vocational training in Finland or abroad chosen according to the students personal area of interest. During the spring semester specialization in performing arts as well as artistic leadership and the first preparations for thesis work and the degree project.
Fourth year: specialisation courses in drama and performing art. A large part of the year is devoted to the degree project, which includes 15 sp. The degree projects are shown during a public theatre festival organized by the students.

The basic studies include general studies such as language and sector-specific studies.

The training works in ongoing practically oriented research processes where theory is woven in parallel during the artistic/pedagogical process.
As an evaluation and communication instrument, the portfolio is used where students are in constant dialogue with their own development process. Great emphasis is also placed on personal study guiding. The studies involve the whole person and a strong focus is on bodily expression which is trained during several courses such as acrobatics, dance, stagefighting, physical theatre, mask and clown.

Courses in, for example, voice, motion, improvisation, acting training, contemporary theatre, directing and drama are culminating in stage production projects that give the opportunity to the students to test their knowledge in a meaningful context. Practical and theoretical teaching always runs in parallel and supports each other. Courses such as Theatre and Drama history, Drama Didactics and Entrepreneurship give the studies their theoretical substructure. Special courses such as: Mask, Clown, Physical Theatre and Stage Technology rounds the training. The studies include 60 study credits, which give competence to teach within basic art education and the free education system.

Great emphasis is placed on ensemble work and the development of the student's personal artistic identity and profile. Through own projects, joint courses and optional studies, the boundaries between the art species can be blown up.

Traineeships can be made at professional theatres, amateur theatres, schools, drama/theatre clubs, cultural institutions, radio and television productions, and through studies at our international partner colleges. The traineeship is carried out during the third year's entire autumn semester abroad or within Finland. It is possible that through internships and elective courses put a personal emphasis on acting, directing, drama or musical theatre.

The thesis consists of two parts: an artistic or artistic-pedagogical part and a written part. The work is carried out during the fourth year's course. The degree project can be a commissioned work or a development work for an organization, a school, a theatre or similar.
The artistic part can be a directing assignment, a leadership for a drama project, a choreography, an acting assignment, a performance and similar projects . The theoretical part is related to the artistic part so that students choose an aspect for the written part that is explored more thoroughly.