MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance (MAECP) is a two-year pilot of a master’s degree programme, which studies questions in ecology and performance in the era of ecological crises through a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach.

MAECP attempts to respond to the questions and needs raised by the current ecological situation that implicates all species, as well as the current shifts taking place in the field of performing arts, from the perspective of relations and dependencies. MAECP investigates and develops the methodologies, practices and theoretical bases of contemporary performance while developing new forms of collaboration, interaction and knowledge production in between the art, the research and the sciences and within a posthumanist framework. It encourages the students to review and reformulate existing practices, to experiment with and invent new forms of performance making and to maintain openness not only towards various forms of art but also towards different fields and discourses.

The programme requires the students to situate their artistic practice within a larger context, to reflect on its ecological, ethical and political impacts and to approach the relations between art and society from a critical point of view. It aims to educate artists who are capable of working and creating new connections between different contexts (e.g. art, science, education and activism) and of renewing the field of performing arts from within by introducing radical initiatives of their own. MAECP is organised by the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.


The study contents and core modules presented in the degree requirements overlap, intertwine and interact with each other in various ways within the programme each academic year, depending on the current projects, collaborations and networks as well as the needs of the programme and its students.

The structure of the programme aims to enable collaboration and dialogue on various levels: between the students, between the students and the teachers/mentors, as well as between various degree programmes, academies and artistic and scientific communities. It also supports intensive and extensive collaboration and networking with artists and other professionals, both in Finland and abroad.



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