The new master’s degree programme pilot MAECP at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki focuses on ecological crisis questions in performing arts
In the autumn of 2016, the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy is set to launch a new English-language performing arts master’s degree programme pilot: MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance (MAECP).
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. It attempts to respond to the questions and needs raised by the current ecological situation, as well as the current shifts taking place in the field of performing arts. It aims to respond to the challenges brought about by ecological crises that implicates all species, from the perspective of relations and dependencies.
– Collaboration in performing arts is already taking place through the creation of new forms and the exploration of arts, research and activism. The idea is to create performances that meet the challenges of the ecological crisis. Artist training must take note of this and teach students to face reality, says the programme’s project group head Aune Kallinen.
In 2014, choreographer Maija Hirvanen engaged in comprehensive research to provide the foundations for the programme. The research inspected European MA programmes while interviewing a broad range of Finnish contemporary performers. MAECP’s project group members Aune Kallinen, Saara Hannula, Tuija Kokkonen, Kirsi Monni and Katariina Numminen have prepared drafts for the programme’s degree requirements. Expert analysts commenting on the research environments are Annette Arlander, Ulrika Ferm and Irmeli Kokko.
The programme’s first students will be selected in the 2016 spring entrance examination and will begin their studies in the autumn of 2016.
The master’s degree programme pilot is recruiting a lecturer during the summer of 2015 who will also be assigned the responsibility of coordinating the new programme. More on the recruitment http://www.uniarts.fi/en/jobs-and-vacancies
The MAECP programme is a collaboration between two University of the Arts Helsinki’s academies: the Theatre Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts. The possibility of collaborating with academic universities is being looked into as well.
The MAECP programme is one of the priority projects at the Theatre Academy and is aimed at implementing the University of the Arts Helsinki’s objective of developing an environment of inspirational learning, research and artistic activity.