Master's Programme in Film and Television - Film Directing


Master of Arts.
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120 ECTS

Field of Study:

Art and Design


2 years, full-time


An appropriate Bachelor´s degree or an equivalent qualification.
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Tuition fees & scholarships:

Yes, for non-EU citizens.
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Language of Instruction:

Finnish (Swedish) or English
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Organising school/s:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Organising department/s:

Department of Film, Television and Scenography

Application period:

2017-12-15 - 2018-01-24


Goal of education

Master’s programme in Film and Television, major in Film Directing strengthen the student director’s idea generation skills, idea development, storybuilding and narration skills in addition to developing the director’s personal cinematic style and directorial identity.

Master’s studies in Film Directing deepen the student’s production competence and provide the skills to direct a feature-length film.

More about the language of instruction

The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Film Directing is Finnish. However, part of the courses are taught in English. The degree can be completed in English.

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Education content

In master’s studies in the major in Film Directing, the student develops his/her artistic thinking and cinematic vision. The studies comprise thematic study modules with changing content. The study modules are divided into theory teaching periods and workshop work or combinations of these two elements. Some of the studies are laboratories built around a single central theme in order to develop research skills and are realised in conjunction with one or more majors.

During the master’s courses, the student develops his/her artistic thinking, studies the idiomatics of film, structure and examines the starting points for his/her personal artistic work in more detail.

A discussion on the student’s plan for studies provides the underpinnings for the Personal Study Plan (HOPS), according to which the student, in addition to film directing studies, acquires greater depth of competence in scriptwriting, visual narration and/or sound narration studies, or applies for some existing module of minor studies open to MA students.

During master’s studies, the student directs a short film that can be realised on slender resources and that is based on a script conceived or written by the director. During master’s studies, the student learns to understand the importance of resourcing when planning and realising a film and becomes familiar with actors in the professional field of film and television (production companies, financing and distribution).

For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic year of 2017-2018.

Career opportunities

A student who graduates from master’s studies is able to work as a director of a feature-length film and in a television production. Film directors work in domestic film production companies as directors, in television production companies and at Yleisradio (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) as television drama directors, in commercial film and video productions and non-fiction productions, and as instructors in the field at universities of applied science and media institutions.

The student has the opportunity to complete an internship in the master’s phase, either in a film and/or television production.

The studies include regular meetings with actors in the field (production advisors, managers of television channel co-productions) and participation in Association of Finnish Film Directors activities.

Other recommended minor subjects for students of film directing include: Audiovisual narrative and design or the minor module options for the major in producing.


The student takes part in international studies offered by the department. The student has the chance to complete a student exchange or international internship and, subject to application, participate in the Film Directing major and in the department’s international projects and programmes. During their studies, MA students participate as observers at the Nordic Talents Pitching promotional event organised by Nordic film schools.

The students attend and present their films at international film festivals, and some compensation for travel expenses is intended to encourage their participation in short international directing workshops and seminars. Various international film events, seminars and workshops are an essential part of teaching the major.

Admission procedure

Applicants for the Master’s Programme in Film and Television; Film Directing apply in the master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. Key admission criteria when selecting students for the major in Film Directing are originality, bold dramatic thinking, storytelling skills, communication and social skills, the ability to utilise their own insights and personal experiences in the artistic process, the ability for empathy and alienation, stress tolerance, the ability to accept feedback, readiness for analytical thinking and openness to learning.

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