Postgraduate Performance Research in Helsinki

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Students on MA Performance Practices and MFA Performance Practices course who are enrolled on PERF5003 Performance Making module and  PhD students in Dance, Drama, or Performing Arts are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Students will meet and engage with their peers at Helsinki Theatre Academy, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Sibelius Academy form the Helsinki University of the Arts. 

DMU doctoral students will have the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars with Finnish-based doctoral students, and to give them presentations on their own research. The Academy is part of an Erasmus-funded international consortium investigating artistic doctorates. Those from DMU involved in practice-based research will therefore have an opportunity to compare similarities and differences between British and Finnish approaches to practice.

Similarly students at MA level will also attend lectures with Finnish MA students and have opportunities to share with them their ideas for their final MA projects.

The ability to bring together both DMU MFA, PhD and M3C funded students together as one community is particularly useful; and the opportunity to work with researchers in the field in Helsinki. The exchange also offers a real tangible ‘professional’ experience, with all of the trappings associated with preparing a presentation for an audience of international peers. The exchange provides an excellent opportunity to disseminate research and build networks internationally, which is particularly useful for researchers and professionals at postgraduate level.

Cultural activities

Among the many museums and art galleries in Helsinki students will have a chance to visit a Theatre Museum at the art centre in the old Cable Factory. The Theatre Museum was founded in 1962 and it is the National Specialty Museum for Performing Arts. This has holdings relating to both theatre and dance.

In addition, SideStep festival organised by the performance agency Zodiak will be taking place at the time of our visit. This programmes international dance and performance works, together with workshops and talks. DMU staff and students could attend a performance together with some staff and students from the Academy and a joint discussion arranged for the following day.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Finnish immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Finland and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Sunday 10 February 2019
  • Return date: Friday 15 February 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £365
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits (£15), food and drink, visa costs (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED