Master of Arts (2 yrs)

The admissions to Master's programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2018 runs from 15 December 2017 to 24 January 2018.

Selection schedule

Admissions to the master's programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2018 runs from 15 December 2017 to 24 January 2018.

Selection schedule 2018

15 Dec 2017
at 9:00 (9 am
GMT+2)

Application period begins and online application system opens

24 Jan 2018 at 15:00
(3 pm GMT+2)

Application period ends and online application system closes. Deadline by which the required application documents (including language test results) must be received by the Admission Services.

15 Mar 2018

Notifications of stage one results

6 Apr 2018

Final admission results are published

31 May 2018 15:00 (3 pm GMT+3)

Deadline for accepting the offered study place.

31 July 2018

Deadline for graduation for applicants applying on the basis of  an incomplete degree. An attested copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation) must be recived by the Admission Services by 7 August 2018 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +3).

7 Aug 2018 3:00 (3 pm
GMT+3)

Deadline for submitting the result of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency ("yleinen kielitutkinto") in Finnish language.

August-September 2018

Studies begin with orientation for new students

Who can apply

Eligibility for applying

Applicants are eligible to apply for a master-level studies in the field of art and design if they have completed:

  • Finnish Bachelor's degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences,
  • Finnish Bachelor’s degree from a university or the equivalent education,
  • Foreign degree from a foreign university or institution, giving eligibility for Master’s level studies in that particular country

or

  • Person who has equivalent studies or skills and knowledge
    • The application must include officially certified copies of school, work or course certificates which the applicant considers significant for the selection process and which show that the applicant has skills and knowledge in the relevant field equivalent to the above-mentioned degrees. If you apply on the basis of other equivalent studies, your eligibility will be determined by Admission Services in collaboration with the programme’s selection committee.
    • Note: You cannot apply on this basis if you have completed a degree which grants you eligibility for master level studies.

A first cycle higher education degree (a bachelor’s degree from a university or a polytechnic) grants eligibility to apply to a master’s programme. It is not possible to apply to a master’s programme on the basis of a master’s degree. The only exception are one-tier degree programmes where the first cycle degree is not compulsory or the so called long cycle degrees.

If you have completed or are currently pursuing some other degree in addition to the bachelor’s degree, you can list one additional degree on the application form. A licentiate or doctoral degree (third cycle degrees) do not grant eligibility to apply to master-level studies and they are not to be listed on the application form.

The foreign university granting the foreign degree must be an official and recognised part of the national education system. The university has to be found on an official list or in an international handbook that is completed by some international organisation (e.g. UNESCO).

From an administrative standpoint, applicants can apply on the basis of any Bachelor's degree regardless of the field. The applicability of the degree and the applicant’s suitability for the field will be determined by the selection committee during the academic evaluation. Note that applicants are expected to have such prior learning, education and/or work experience that is considered to correspond to a Bachelor's degree in the study option to which the applicant is applying.

Applying with an incomplete degree

Students in their final year of a degree programme are eligible to apply, provided they will graduate by 31 July 2018. If the applicant is accepted to the university, he/she must deliver a certified copy of the degree certificate giving eligibility to apply (and its authorised translation, if applicable) to the university by 7 August 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +3:00). If the student is not able to graduate or fails to deliver a degree certificate by the given deadline, the offered study place will be cancelled.

If you apply with an incomplete degree, please note that you will have to be able graduate by 31 July 2018. In some faculties/institutions it may not be possible to graduate during summer. The students must reserve enough time to complete all courses required for the degree and for the administrative processes at their home institution.

Programmes offered

A list of all the study options in English in Master's programmes and the Master level majors and the maximum intake of new students in the field of Art and Design can be found below. Note that intake is always announced as a maximum number of new students per study option per intake. All available study places are not always filled. You may only apply to one study option in the field of Art and Design each year.

If the language of instruction in any given study option is listed as "Finnish, English", this means that the study option can be completed entirely in English or entirely in Finnish. 

Please note that the application form is open only during the application period. Please remember to read instructions on how to apply before you fill in the application form.

Study option

Language

Maxium intake

Application form

Cinematography

English, Finnish

2

Apply here

Collaborative and Industrial Design

English

25

Apply here

Contemporary Design

English

14

Apply here

Costume Design

English, Finnish

2

Apply here

Creative Sustainability, Master of Arts

English

16

Apply here

Documentary Film

English, Finnish

2

Apply here

Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

English

15

Apply here

Film Directing

English, Finnish

2

Apply here

Film Editing

English, Finnish

2

Apply here

Film Sound Design

English, Finnish

2

Apply here

Game Design and Production

English

8

Apply here

Interior Architecture

English

14

Apply here

International Design Business Management

English

12

Apply here

Kuvataidekasvatus

Finnish, Swedish

14

Apply here

New Media Design and Production

English

18

Apply here

Nordic Visual Studies and Art education, NoVA

English

12

Apply here

Photography

English, Finnish

15

Apply here

Production Design

English, Finnish

2

Apply here

Sound in New Media

English

10

Apply here

Visual Communication Design

English

18

Apply here

Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art

English

28

Apply here

How to apply

Selection for Master's programmes is done through a one- or two-stage selection process. In the two-stage process, some of the applicants are rejected after each stage. The talent and suitability for the field demonstrated in the admission process are decisive.

Each study option has its own selection committee that evaluates applications. The committee consists of research and teaching personnel of the University. In the evaluation the portfolio, interview and motivation letter plus any additional work samples and entrance exam assignments are assessed as a single entity.

1. Before applying

Read the instructions for applying carefully and find out about programme-specific evaluation criteria and documents.

Book a language test well in advance so that your test scores will arrive at the university on time. More information about language tests and requirements can be found in Language Requirements. Note that if you are required to provide proof of your language skills in the form of a language test, you will need to register for a test as soon as possible. It takes a significant amount of time for test results to be available after you have taken the test. You need to plan ahead and should take the test well before the application period ends; it is recommended that you take the test before the application period begins.

2. Choice of study option

Applicants can choose their study option from master's programmes or their major subjects. You may apply for only one study option in the field of art and design in Aalto University. Only one application per applicant can be processed. Changes to the study option can be made only during the application period.

There are separate application procedures and separate application forms for the master’s programmes in the fields of science and technology and business and economics. One applicant can apply to all three fields but only one application per applicant per field is processed. In addition to the master’s programmes in the field of science and technology, applicants may apply to the field of  Erasmus Mundus, Nordic Master and other international double degree programmes. These programmes have their own application periods and procedures. Please follow the instructions on their own websites. If the student is accepted both to an international double degree programme and a regular master's programme, he/she can accept only one study place (one place per term provision).

More information about Aalto University's master's programmes can be found from the Study options section.

3. Filling out the application form

Read document Application Guide (pdf) as well as the information regarding eligibility to apply, application process as well as required documents carefully before filling out an application. You can start the application process either from the list of study options on this page by choosing ‘Apply here’ or in studyinfo.fi by choosing ‘Fill in application’ on the Programme description site. The buttons are available and active only during the application period. The service will direct you to the registration form of Aalto University’s application system (apply.aalto.fi). 

The application form is available only during the application period. You can only apply to one study option in the field of art and design. If you wish to change information in your application after you have submitted it, please contact admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi. It is possible to change the study option you are applying for only during the application period.

The application forms are specified by field. Before filling out the application form or submitting any documents, please read the admission requirements and instructions as well as in the document 'Application Guide' carefully.

The application system is used throughout the whole application process. Applicants use the application system to follow the status of their application and see the arrival of their documents. Also the final admission results are published via the application system.

4. Gathering the required documents, submitting the application and stage one of the selection process

Filling in and submitting the application, delivering the required documents and possible premliminary assigments are the first stage of the entrance examination.

After filling in and submitting the online application, applicants must print out a cover letter and send a signed copy to Admission Services with all the required application documents. The application can be processed only if the paper cover letter and all the necessary enclosures are received by the university by the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed. Simply submitting the online application form is not enough. More information about submitting the application documents can be found from section Required application documents.  It should also be noted that only one application from each applicant will be processed. If you send more than one application, only the most recent one will be processed.

You will be notified by email once your application docuemnts have been received by Aalto University Admission Services.

Applicants are responsible for following the arrival of their documents and status of their application in the online application system. Due to the large amount of applicants it can take a month before your application is processed. Please do not send email enquiries about the status of your application; it will be processed as soon as possible and you can follow the status of your application from the application system.

All required documents must be received by the Admission Services no later than 24 January 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +2:00).

5. Application processing - General eligibility

Admission Services process all the applications and check the general eligibility, i.e. check the authenticity of the documents, make sure that the application contains all the requisite documents and that the applicant fulfills the admission requirements. Only the eligible applications are sent on to the programme staff for academic assessment. Incomplete or ineligible applications will be rejected. Applicants should check the Monitoring page in the application system to see the status of their application, i.e. whether their application has been received by the Admission Services and if there are documents missing from it. Unfortunately we are unable to answer any enquiries about the arrival of application documents.

If you are found non-eligible, your application will be rejected. If necessary, you may also be sent an email asking you to supplement an incomplete application. If you are eligible to apply, your application will be forwarded to the study option where it will be academically evaluated.

6. Academic evaluation and stage two of the selection process

Based on the academic evaluation, some of the applicants will be invited to the second stage of the selection process. If a study option's selection process only has one stage (it will be mentioned on the study option’s description page when the application period begins) the final admission decision is made during the academic evaluation. Applicants will receive notification of how they did in the first stage of the selection process by 15 March 2018. All applicants are informed by email of their rejection or selection to the second stage. Applicants can also see if they have been selected to the second phase by checking the Monitoring page in the application system.

If a study option's selection process only has one stage, it will be mentioned on the study option’s description page when the application period begins. In this case, the results will be published with the final admission results. See Selection schedule for more information.

In the second stage of the process, applicants are interviewed. If necessary, additional work samples may also be requested. Applicants may also have to complete entrance exam assignments set by the selection committee. Applicants will be informed of any additional work, assignments and exam dates in the email notifying them of their selection for stage two of the process. Information on practical arrangements will also be included.

Admission is granted on a competitive basis - in the second stage the applicants are assessed and compared to each other. Only the best applicants will gain admission. The number of seats is restricted. This means that some applicants might not be admitted even if they are eligible for the programme. The study options are not obligated to fill up all the available study places. 

For information on when the second stage will take place, see Selection schedule. The exact date(s) of the second stage vary depending on the study option; the invitation email will include specific details of the time and place. Interviews may be carried out by telephone or Skype for applicants who are not in Finland at the time of the interview.

7. Final admission results

Final results will be published at the earliest on 6 April 2018. When the results are published, all applicants will receive an email directing them to the online application system to check their final admission decision. Once the results have been published, a list of the accepted applicants will be published on this site. Note that the list will only contain the names of those applicants who have given the permission to publish their admission decision on the website. If the applicant is accepted to Aalto University, a formal letter of acceptance will be sent by the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

8. Appealing against the admission decision and receiving feedback

The right of appeal means that the applicant has the possibility to request for rectification if she/he believes that there has been an error in the decision-making process. The appeal should be submitted to the Registry of the University within 14 days after the publication of the decisions. In the appeal the applicants should specify the reasons for it. The right of appeal is not intended as means for receiving feedback or asking for further information about the application process.

Appeal instructions (pdf)

Applicants will be informed of the possible times and dates for receiving feedback either directly from the study option or through the online application system when the final admission results are published. 

9. Accepting the offered study place and start of studies

Successful applicants must inform the university about accepting the offered study place by 31 May 2018 at 3 pm (GMT +3:00). The acceptance of the offered study place is binding. Instructions are mailed to accepted students along with the letter of acceptance. More information about accepting the offered study place and start of studies is available at the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture and from studentservices [at] aalto [dot] fi

Required application documents

An application consists of the application form which needs to be filled out and submitted online, as well as the printed and signed cover letter, a set of compulsory documents listed here and documents required by the study options you are applying for. You can fill in the application form in the application system during the application period. You can print the cover letter once you have filled in, saved and submitted the application form in the  application system. Please read the instructions for applying and the programme-specific evaluation criteria very carefully before filling in the application form or submitting any documents.

Make sure to deliver all the documents you wish to be taken into consideration in the application process within the application period. Documents delivered after the given deadline cannot be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the application. 

Application documents are not returned to applicants.

Compulsory documents

1. A printed and signed cover letter from the online application system. (Cover letter pdf is provided in the system after submitting your online application form.)

2. An officially attested copy ofan official Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma

3. An official transcript of records (or an officially attested copy of it)

4. An authorised translation of the degree certificate/diploma and an authorised translation of the official transcript of records if the degree certificate and transcript of records are not in Finnish, Swedish or English (if applicable)

5. Language certificate (if applicable). For information on who needs to submit a language certificate, see Language requirements.

6. Portfolio

  • Some Master's study options in the field of Art and Design require a portfolio. If you do not submit a portfolio with your application, the application will be rejected.
  • If your study option requires a portfolio, the file name should be in format Portfolio_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf, e.g Portfolio_Smith_123456.pdf.

7. A CV (The file name should be in format CV_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf, eg. CV_Smith_123456.pdf. )

8. Possible programme-specific documents

  • Some study options require further documentation in addition to the general compulsory documents. For more information, please refer to the Programme-specific requirements section.

9. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport or some other government-issued identity card (with photo) including information on nationality

Applicants with an incomplete degree deliver official transcripts and their authorised translations (if applicable) of their studies. An attested copy of the degree certificate must be deliver as soon as it is available. Read more information about applying with an incomplete degree. Please also note the country-specific documentation requirements.

If you are exempted from tuition fees based on your residence permit, submit a copy of both sides of your continuous or permanent residence permit card in Finland (type A or P permit), long-term resident’s EU residence permit for third-country nationals in Finland (type P-EU), EU family member’s residence card in Finland, or EU blue card in Finland.

Please note:

Make sure you deliver all documents within the application period. Documents delivered after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications or application documents are not accepted by email. Do not use staples, paper clips or interleaves; simply arrange your application documents in order. Application documents will not be returned to applicants. See also Country-specific documentation requirements if your degree was awarded abroad.

Programme-specific documentation requirements

Some study options also require programme-specific compulsory documents. Programme-specific requirements will also include instructions regarding the portfolio, CV and motivation letter.

See Programme-specific documentation requirements.

Country-specific documentation requirements

Aalto University has country-specific documentation requirements for degrees awarded in Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, United Kingdom and USA. Please see Country-specific documentation requirements.

Translations

All required documents must be available either in Finnish, Swedish or English. If the original study certificates are not issued in Finnish, Swedish or English, the applicant must provide official, precise, word-for-word translations of them. A translation is regarded official if it is made by an authorised translator or by the university that has granted the degree. Translations must be either originals or certified copies of the original translations. All translations must be accompanied with a certified copy of the original document.

Copies

Degrees awarded by a higher education institution in Finland

The copies of study certificates must be certified either by the issuing institution or by two unbiased signatories. The copies must be made of the original, official documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted.  If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page of the copy must carry the signature, name of the signatory/signatories and date. The signatories must see the original document and the copy of it side by side. By signing they certify that the copy is an unaltered copy of the original document.

Degrees awarded by a higher education institution outside Finland

The copies of study certificates must be certified by the issuing institution or by a notary public. The copies must be made of the original, official documents. Copies of copies will not be accepted. If the certificate has several pages, each page must be certified from the right side of the page. Each page must be certified separately and indicate clearly the date and the original signature, printed name and stamp of the certifying officer. The mere mention of the official copy (eg. stamp "True copy") is not enough. Please also see the country-specific requirements.

The copy of your passport does not need to be officially attested.

Aalto University Admission Services does not take copies of application documents or attest them.

Who is an unbiased signatory?

An unbiased signatory is at least 15 years old, is not closely related to you, and is not your current or previous spouse, fiancée or your adopted parent or child.

Applying with an incomplete degree

Students in their final year of a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply provided they complete their bachelor's degree by 31 July 2018. If the applicant is accepted to the university, he/she must deliver a certified copy of the degree certificate (and its authorised translation, if applicable) to the university by 7 August 2018 at 3pm (GMT+3). If the student is not able to graduate or fails to deliver a degree certificate by the given deadline, the offered study place will be cancelled. It is not possible to deliver the documents by email.

Applicants with an incomplete degree can attach a certificate of student status or a statement by the home university about the estimated time of graduation to their application documents.

If you apply with an incomplete degree, please note that you will have to be able graduate by 31 July 2018. In some faculties/institutions it may not be possible to graduate during summer. The students must reserve enough time to complete all courses required for the degree and for the administrative processes at their home institution.

Provisional degree certificates

In some countries students are awarded a provisional certificate upon graduation while waiting for the issuance of a final degree certificate. Provisional degree certificates cannot be more than five years old.  If the provisional degree certificate has been issued more than five years prior to beginning of the application period, the applicant must deliver an attested copy of the final degree certificate.

Delivery of official transcript of records for Aalto University students

Aalto University students can deliver the official transcript of records electronically. Please follow the instructions in Into to order the electronic transcript, https://into.aalto.fi/display/enaalto/Official+electronic+transcripts. Send the electronic transcript to admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi with the subject “Aalto University transcript of records, Last name”. Please give your application ID as well as your study option on your e-mail. If you do not deliver an electronic transcript of records you are required to deliver an official transcript of records in paper format, signed and stamped by a university official.

Additional information about the required documents

  • Motivation letter is part of the online application formand as such a compulsory part of the application. You can prepare it advance and copy-paste it on the application form. 
  • The transcript of records you send us must be an official copy (with your institutions stamp) or an officially attested copy. If you decide to send us an attested copy please make sure that all the pages are certified as instructed. Please note also the country-specific requirements. Unofficial copies will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • If you are pursuing or have completed more than one higher education degree (bachelor's degree, master's degree), please provide official documentation of your full educational history (official transcript of records, official degree certificates). Only studies which have been officially documented can be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the application. All copies of study certificates must be delivered as instructed.
  • Admission Services does not answer inquiries about the arrival of applications or individual documents. Once your printed application has been received, you will be notified by email. Applicants are responsible for following the arrival of their documents and status of their application in the online application system.
  • If you deliver supporting or missing documents after you have sent your application, please make sure that it is stated clearly in the delivery for what purpose the documents are intended.
  • Make sure you deliver all documents and information that you wish to be taken into consideration in the admission process within the application period. Documents delivered after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration, and applicants will not be requested to supplement programme-specific documents.  
  • Only one application from each applicant will be processed. If you send more than one application, only the most recent one will be processed.
  • Application documents will not be returned to applicants.
  • Admission Services does not take copies or attest documents.
  • The use of false application documents will lead to the rejection of the application and will be reported to relevant authorities.

Delivering the application documents to Aalto University

The cover letter and all required documents are sent to the mailing address:

Aalto University
Admission Services
P.O.Box 11110
FI-00076 AALTO
Finland

Please write "Master's admissions - field of art and design" and 'entrance examination' on the envelope.

If you use courier services, please give the following street address and phone number:

Aalto University
Admission Services
Otakaari 1
FI-02150 ESPOO
Finland
tel. +358 2944 29290

You can also bring the documents in person to Otakaari 1, 02150 Espoo, 1st floor, room Y199 and leave them to the staff during office hours (please check our office hours from our contact information page) or in the white mailbox next to the office.

All application documents must be received by Aalto University Admission Services by 24 January 2018 at 15.00 (3 pm, GMT +2:00). Applications received after the application deadline will be automatically rejected. The applicant is responsible for meeting the application deadline also in case the application documents are delivered by a third party, e.g. postal service. 

We strongly advise international applicants to use a courier company or other service where it is possible to track the delivery.

Please read also the instructions on how to deliver the language test results (if applicable).

The University accepts no responsibility for any possible expenses related to the delivery of the application, such as courier service fees or customs duties. The sender is responsible for all shipping costs. If you use a courier, please mark 0 as the value of the shipment.

As the copies of study certificates must be officially attested, we cannot accept applications delivered by email or fax.

Programme-specific documentation requirements

Some study options also require programme-specific compulsory documents. Programme-specific requirements will also include instructions regarding the portfolio, CV and motivation letter.

Motivation letter is part of the online application form and as such a compulsory part of the application. You can prepare it advance and copy-paste it on the application form. The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters.

You must submit your portfolio by the application deadline. If the study option requires a portfolio, it must be uploaded to the application system before submitting the application. The file name should be in format Portfolio_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf, e.g Portfolio_Smith_123456.pdf. 

Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application. The file name should be in format CV_Lastname_ApplicationID.pdf, eg. CV_Smith_123456.pdf. 

Cinematography

Portfolio
Electronic portfolio that includes three (3) work samples accessible online via hyperlinks and both a written and visual portfolio to present the work.

The applicant uploads the electronic portfolio to the application system as one PDF file before sending the application. The portfolio should contain work related to your artistic expression, and showcase your prior scientific, professional and/or artistic activity on a broad scale. The list of works must include at least the name and/or theme, method of production, format, size, purpose and year of production, while also specifying where and when the works have been exhibited performed or published.

CV (curriculum vitae)
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Study plan
The study plan should explaining your reasons for applying for this major and your particular interest(s) including possible research questions of interest in the field in question. In addition, the plan must specify your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Describe your strengths and interests, artistic vision, aspects related to the work and creative goals.

The maximum length of the study plan is 4000 characters. The study plan is part of the online application form.

Language of the application documents
All the application documents should be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Collaborative and Industrial Design

Two Stages:
The applicants are evaluated in two stages on the basis of their CVs, personal study achievements (artistic and/or scientific) and motivation, which are also discussed in the interview.

Stage I: documentation
1) Motivation letter
2) Degree certificate and transcript  
3) CV
4) Portfolio

Portfolio
In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their designerly insights and skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous scientific, professional and/or design projects.

Designwork can be provided as technical drawings, computer renderings, sketches, illustrations, storyboards or photographs. Include six (6) work samples in the portfolio. The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been completed, exhibited, displayed or published. Each work should be accompanied by a brief explanation. The contribution of the applicant in the work should be stated in case the work has been completed in a group. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree programme applied for must be indicated clearly on the portfolio.

The portfolio should be uploaded as a single PDF-file. The uploaded PDF-file should not exceed 100 MB. The intake committee will only evaluate the material displayed in the PDF-file. Links to external material (e.g. website) or video material will not be considered during the intake process.

CV (curriculum vitae)
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Motivation letter (in the application form, max. 4000 characters)
Write a motivation letter explaining your reasons for applying for this programme and your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Describe your strengths and interests, vision of art and design, aspects related to the work and creative goals.

The letter of motivation must clearly answer the following questions:
1.    What is your biggest achievement/success in the field of design?
2.    Why are you applying for Aalto University?
3.    What do you want to learn by studying at the Collaborative and Industrial Design programme?
4.    What is the role of the master’s programme for your professional development?
5.    What would you like to do after completing the master’s programme?

Language of the application documents
All the application documents should be submitted in English.

Stage II: interview
Selected applicants from Stage I will be invited for a face to face interview. The interviews can be conducted over Skype or telephone if necessary. The interview is intended to evaluate the applicant’s potential to complete the studies successfully.

Contemporary Design

Two Stages:
The applicants are evaluated in two stages on the basis of their CVs, personal study achievements (artistic and/or scientific) and motivation, which are also discussed in the interview. Language of all the application documents should be English.

Porfolio
In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous artistic, professional and/or scientific activity.

The portfolio can include illustrations, drawings, photographs and technical drawings. The works that are displayed in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials used, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or published and whether the work is based on individual or group work. The contribution of the applicant in the work should be stated in case the work has been completed in a group. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree programme applied for must be indicated clearly in the portfolio.

The portfolio should be uploaded as a single PDF-file. The uploaded PDF-file should not exveed 100 MB. The intake committee will only evaluate the material displayed in the PDF-file. Links to external material, such as website, or videos will not be considered during the intake process.

Motivation letter (in the application form, max 4000 characters)
In the motivation letter the applicant should explain the reasons for applying to Contemporary Programme. The letter should also indicate what are the main and particular areas of interests in thie field as well as goals and expectations for the studies to be completed in the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The applicant can describe his/her strengths and interests, as well as vision of art and design, aspects related to work and creative goals.

CV
The application must include the applicant’s CV with personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Stage II: interview
Selected applicants from Stage I will be invited for a face to face interview. The interviews can be conducted over Skype or telephone if necessary. The interview is intended to evaluate the applicant’s potential to complete the studies successfully.

Costume Design

Portfolio:
In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous artistic, scientific and/or professional activity. Artwork can be presented by costume sketches, technical drawings, and/or production photographs. The work contained in the portfolio must include full credits, listing the title and/or theme, type of project, the year and place where the work was produced or presented, as well as the role of the applicant in the project. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree programme applied for must be indicated clearly on the cover of the portfolio.

The portfolio should be in digital format (electronic portfolio) and it should be uploaded as a single PDF-file onto the application system before submission of the application.

Criteria for the evaluation of the portfolio: the artistic level of the works presented in the portfolio, and the overall quality of the portfolio presentation.

CV (curriculum vitae)
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before sending the application.

Motivation letter (study plan)
Applicants must write up a motivation letter explaining why they wish to apply to the Costume Design major, what their particular interests are in the field, and what their hopes and expectations are regarding studies in Costume Design at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The letter should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions, artwork perspectives and artistic objectives, and motivation for advanced studies. Maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters (approx. one A4 page).

Other programme-specific application instructions:
The Costume Design major selection group may call selected candidates to interview on the basis of the applications.

If necessary, the applicants will be asked to present more examples of their work. There are no other entrance tests.

Language of the application documents:
The applicants are asked to send the abovementioned programme-specific documents preferably in English. The applicants also have the right to use Finnish or Swedish in the documents, if they wish.

Creative Sustainability - Masters of Arts

Two Stages:
The applicants are evaluated in two stages on the basis of their CVs, personal study achievements (scientific and/or artistic) and motivation, which are also discussed in the interview.

Stage I: documentation
1) Letter of motivation
2) Degree certificate and transcript  
3) CV
4) Portfolio

1) Letter of motivation (in the application form, max. 4000 characters)
The applicant must convey his/her motivation for studying in the Creative Sustainability programme by writing a letter of motivation. The letter should include responses to the following questions:
•    What is your most significant achievement or success in the area of sustainability and design?
•    Why do you want to become a student in the Creative Sustainability programme at Aalto University?
•    What types of projects would you like to do during your studies and as your masters’ thesis?
•    What do you want to do after the master programme?

2) Degree certificate and transcript / Academic excellence
The applicant’s transcript about studies completed and of which the applicant has provided the appropriate documents by the end of application period will be evaluated.

3) CV / Professional experience
The applicant’s professional experience will be looked at broadly, and especially with regard to work experience relevant to the Creative Sustainability programme. Professional experience will be evaluated based on the CV. Please upload a single PDF-file to the application system before submitting the application.

4) Portfolio
A portfolio consisting of the applicant’s own works is mandatory. Please upload a single PDF-file to the application system before submitting the application.

In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous scientific, professional and/or artistic activity. Artwork/project work can be provided as technical drawings, slides or photographs. If you present a work that has been undertaken as a team, please clarify your particular role in, and contribution to, the project. The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials used, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or published.

Stage II: interview
Selected applicants from Stage I will be invited for interview. The interviews can be conducted over Skype if necessary. The interview is intended to evaluate the applicant’s potential to complete the studies successfully.

Preliminary assignments:
None.

Language of the application documents:
All the application documents should be submitted in English.

Other programme-specific application instructions:
The Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a multidisciplinary master’s degree programme organised by the following departments and schools of Aalto University:
- Department of Design; School of Arts, Design and Architecture
- Department of Architecture; School of Arts, Design and Architecture
- Department of Management Studies; School of Business
- Department of Built Environment; School of Engineering

An applicant’s eligibility will always be checked according to the criteria of the school through which the applicant is applying to the programme (criteria on e.g. the score of language test, educational background and submission of the required attachments). The administrative eligibility of the applicant is checked by Aalto University Admission Services.

The applicant can apply to the CS programme through more than one school or department. In this case the applicant should deliver the appropriate application package to each school or department. Such an applicant, however, can be selected only through one of the departments. Accepted students will complete the master’s degree of the department to which they were accepted.

If an architect applies through the Department of Design and is accepted, the degree completed will be a Master of Arts in Creative Sustainability. In order for an architect-applicant to be accepted, the applicant should show a strong motivation why he/she wants to apply through the Department of Design in particular. Alternatively, if an architect would like to complete a Master of Science degree in Architecture in the Creative Sustainability programme, the application process must be done through the Department of Architecture in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Documentary Film

Portfolio:
One or two documentary films that have been publicly screened or broadcast (at a festival or on television), lasting at least 15 minutes each and submitted as Vimeo link(s).

Please include a description (e.g. a synopsis) of each film, with the one or two descriptions fitting onto a single A4 sheet.

Before sending your application, upload your digital portfolio as a single PDF file into the application system. Include in the portfolio links to the video(s) and ensure that the video file(s) open and play in common Mac or PC programs.

Study plan and letter of motivation:
A study plan of at most 4000 characters in length as well as a letter of motivation explaining your reasons for applying to this study option and telling of your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Give reasons for why you are interested specifically in documentary film.   

Curriculum vitae (CV):
The application materials must include a CV with your personal details, education, work experience, completed films, festivals, and any other creative work, awards, grants, study trips or positions of trust.

Before sending the application, upload your CV as a single PDF file into the application system.

Language of the application documents:
English, Finnish or Swedish

INTERVIEWS ARE CONDUCTED BEFORE ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAMME

Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design

The applicants are evaluated in two stages on the basis of their CVs, personal study achievements (artistic and/or scientific) and motivation, which are also discussed in the interview.

Stage I: documentation

Portfolio:
In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous artistic, professional and/or scientific activity, yet the maximum number of cases presented in the portfolio can be five (5).

The art and design work can be provided as illustrations or drawings, photographs or slides and technical drawings.

The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials used, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or published and whether the work is based on individual or group work. The contribution of the applicant in the work should be stated in case the work has been completed in a group. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree program applied for must be indicated clearly on the portfolio.

The portfolio should be uploaded as a single PDF-file. The uploaded PDF-file should not exceed 100 MB. The intake committee will only evaluate the material displayed in the PDF-file. Links to external material (e.g. website) or video material will not be considered during the intake process.

CV (curriculum vitae):
The application must include the applicant’s CV with personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application.

Motivation letter:
Write a motivation letter explaining your reasons for applying for this programme and your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Describe your strengths and interests, your vision of design, fashion, clothing and textiles aspects related to your work, and your creative goals. You should also include your study plan indicating your core interests.

The motivation letter should answer to the following questions:
1. Why do you want to study in the Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design MA programme at Aalto University?
2. What are you aiming to do after completing the master’s programme?
3. What is the role of the master’s programme for your professional development?

The maximum length of the letter of motivation is 4000 characters. Motivation letter is part of the online application form.

Language of the application documents:
All the application documents should be submitted in English.

Stage II: interview:
Selected applicants from Stage I will be invited for a face to face interview. The interviews can be conducted over Skype or telephone if necessary. The interview is intended to evaluate the applicant’s potential to complete the studies successfully.

Film Directing

Portfolio:
The applicant is required to have directed films. Documentary films, short films or episodes of TV drama will also be taken into account. Your portfolio should include one or two films (or other works as mentioned above) which have been publicly screened at a festival or broadcast on television. A video recording of a theatre play will also be approved as a part of the portfolio.

Please submit your films either as password protected Vimeo links or QuickTime files and ensure the video files work in the common Mac or PC user interfaces.  In addition, please submit a description (e.g. a synopsis or artistic intention of the work) of each film fitting altogether onto a single A4 sheet.

Curriculum vitae (CV):
The application must include a CV with your personal details, education, work experience, completed films (with your professional roles specified), festivals and any other artistic work, awards, grants, study tours, positions of trust and any other background information relevant to the application.

Before sending the application, please upload your CV as a single PDF file into the application system.

Motivation letter:
The motivation letter comprises of two parts:

1.    Professional and artistic orientation
In the motivation letter, you should specify the strengths of your directorial skills, areas of interest and your views and artistic visions as a film director. Also, you should explain how film directing studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture could support your intentions mentioned above. As part of artistic orientation, you should also describe your potential career plans after the graduation.

2.    Study plan
After studying the degree requirements of film directing please write out a tentative study plan of your MA studies based on the requirements.

The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters. The motivation letter is part of the online application form.

Language of the application documents:
English, Finnish, Swedish

Other programme-spesific application instructions:
On the basis of the submitted material, the selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview, which also includes an orienting pre-assignment.

Film Editing

Portfolio
Your portfolio must include at least three samples of your work as a principal editor. The works must be complete and at least two need to have been screened publicly. A simple showreel with only examples or scene excerpts from your work is insufficient. The samples must be as links on Vimeo.

Include a brief account of how the productions were carried out. This must include the names of the production companies, the production dates, the main artistic contributors and where the works have been publicly screened. Provide a brief description of how the production was executed, what was your contribution in it and an assessment of your own work.

Before sending your application, upload your digital portfolio as a single PDF file to the application system. The file should contain links to your samples.

Curriculum vitae (CV)
Your application must include a CV containing your personal details and information about your education, work experience, released films and TV programmes and your work in them, awards, grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Before sending the application, upload your CV as a single PDF file into the application system.

Motivation letter
Write a letter of motivation of maximum 4000 characters in length explaining your reasons for applying to the Master’s programme with a major in film editing and telling of your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for film editing studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Describe your strengths, your areas of interest, your views of cinematographic art, filmmaking and television, your artistic goals and other aspects relating to your work.

Language of the application documents
Finnish, Swedish or English in written documents. If the language of your work samples is some other language, they must have Finnish, Swedish or English subtitling.

Other directions relating to the area of specialisation
Select applicants will be invited for an interview on the basis of their applications. Admission to the Master’s Programme in Film and Television with a Film Editing major will be decided on the basis of the work samples and the interview.

Film Sound Design

Curriculum vitae (CV)
The application materials must include a CV that contains your personal details, education, work experience, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust. Include in your CV links to a maximum of three samples of your work (on Vimeo, YouTube or the equivalent) with a combined viewing time of 30 minutes or less.

Study plan / motivation letter
Write a study plan or letter of motivation of maximum 4000 characters in length explaining your reasons for applying to this area of specialisation and telling of your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Describe your specific strengths and areas of interest, goals, artistic vision and other aspects of your work.

Other application instructions specific to the area of specialisation:
On the basis of the submitted material, selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview.

Game Design and Production

Portfolio
Portfolios are not required in the first stage of the application process, but adding a link to your portfolio in your CV is encouraged, if you have one. (Also, in the second stage we want to see some of your work samples.)

CV (curriculum vitae)
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust. As a game applicant, please also add links to videos or other audiovisual documentation of your games or related work such as interactive computer graphics. Note that we will not be able to download and test executable software binaries or source code.

Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before sending the application.

Motivation letter
Applicants must write up a motivation letter of a maximum of 4000 characters in length, explaining why they wish to apply to the degree programme in question, what their particular interests are in the field, and what their hopes and expectations are regarding studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The plan should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions and artistic objectives.

Language of the application documents
All the application documents should be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Other programme-specific application instructions
At the second stage of the application process there will be some homework, and during the interview the jury needs to see some of your other work samples. In the homework package there will be detailed guidelines how to proceed. If you are getting to the 2nd phase of the admission process, you will get the homework package and the invitation to the interview via email.

Interior Architecture

The applicants are evaluated in two stages on the basis of their CVs, personal study achievements (artistic and/or scientific) and motivation, which are also discussed in the interview.

Porfolio
In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous artistic, professional and/or scientific activity. The portfolio is attached as a pdf to the online application.

The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials used, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or published and whether the work is based on individual or group work. The contribution of the applicant in the work should be stated in case the work has been completed in a group. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree program applied for must be indicated clearly on the portfolio.

Motivation letter (max 4000 characters)
The applicant must convey his/her motivation for applying for Interior Architecture programme by writing a motivation letter. The applicant can describe his/her strengths and interests, visions in art and design, as well as design, and creative goals.
 
CV
The application must include the applicant’s CV with personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust. No links.

Please upload a sigle PDF-file to the application system before submitting the application

Stage II: interview
Selected applicants from Stage I will be invited for a face to face interview. The interviews can be conducted over Skype or telephone if necessary. The interview is intended to evaluate the applicant’s potential to complete the studies successfully.

International Design Business Management

Two Stages:
The applicants are ranked and rated in two stages on the basis of the following criteria:

Stage I

Required documentation:
1) Motivation letter
2) Degree certificate and transcript  
3) Portfolio
4) CV

1) Motivation Letter (max 2 points)
The applicant must convey his/her motivation for studying in the IDBM Major Studies Programme by writing a motivation letter. The letter should address the following questions:

•    Why am I applying for admission to the IDBM Master’s Programme?
•    What am I expecting to learn or gain by participating in the IDBM Programme?
•    What can I contribute to fellow students and to the continued success of the IDBM Programme?

The letter of motivation is written in the application form and the maximum length is 4000 characters.

2) Academic Excellence (max 2 points for transcript)
The applicant’s grades from studies completed and of which the applicant has provided the appropriate documents by the end of the application period will be evaluated.

3) Portfolio (max 5 points for portfolio)
A portfolio consisting of the applicant’s own works is mandatory. Please upload a single PDF-file to the application system before submitting the application.

In the portfolio, applicants display work that illustrate their design skills and artistic expression. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous design, scientific, professional and/or artistic activity and interests. Artwork/project work can be provided as technical drawings, illustrations or photographs. If you present a work that has been undertaken as a team, please clarify your particular role in, and contribution to, the project. The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials utilized, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or otherwise published.

4) CV Professional Experience (max 2 points)
The applicant’s professional experience will be looked at broadly, and especially with regard to  work experience relevant to the IDBM programme as well as experience in design, artistic, scientific and/or business/entrepreneurial practice, including any other relevant civic activities. Professional experience will be evaluated based primarily on the Curriculim Vitae CV. Please upload a single PDF-file to the application system before submitting the application.


Stage II

Interview
Based on the total score in stage I (incl., ranking and rating), the most suitable applicants will be invited for a face-to-face interview. The number invited is typically double the number of study places offered. The maximum intake is 12 students per field (in design, business, and technology/science). The applicant’s practical ability to communicate in English will also be evaluated. The applicants are asked a series of questions regarding their motivation, mindset, preferences, aptitudes and interests. The interviews can alternatively be conducted via SKYPE or phone, if or when necessary.

Preliminary assignments:
None.

Language of the application documents:
All of the application documents should be submitted in English.

Other programme-specific application instructions:
International Design Business Management (IDBM) is a multidisciplinary master’s degree programme offered at Aalto University by the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the School of Business and the School of Science. Applicants must have a suitable Bachelor’s degree related to one of the disciplines included in the programme. An applicant can apply to the IDBM programme through more than one school. In such cases the applicant should deliver separate application packages that meet the entry requirements of the respective school. The applicant, however, can be selected only through one of the schools. Accepted students complete the master’s degree of the school to which they were accepted.

Attention: The criteria mentioned here are for the IDBM programme in the Department of Design at Aalto ARTS. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in architecture can apply both through the science/technology field and through the design field, depending on the applicant’s background studies and career intentions or aspirations. Students from the School of Arts, Design and Architecture will complete and be awarded a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in International Design Business Management (IDBM).

Kuvataidekasvatus (only available in Finnish)

All information is only available in Finnish (and Swedish).

New Media Design and Production

Portfolio
Portfolios are neither required nor accepted at the first stage of application process. In the second stage we want to see some of your work samples.

CV (curriculum vitae)
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.

Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before sending the application.

Motivation letter
Applicants must write up a motivation letter of a maximum of 4000 characters in length, explaining why they wish to apply to the degree programme in question, what their particular interests are in the field, and what their hopes and expectations are regarding studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The plan should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions and artistic objectives.

Language of the application documents
All the application documents should be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Other programme-specific application instructions
At the second stage of the application process there will be some homework, and during the interview the jury needs to see some of your other work samples. In the homework package there will be detailed guidelines how to proceed. If you are getting to the 2nd phase of the admission process, you will get the homework package and the invitation to the interview via email.

Nordic Visual Studies and Art education, NoVA

The admission criteria is based on the applicants’ educational backgrounds, other studies and orientation in the field, as assessed through the following application documents. Consideration is given to pedagogical intentions, interaction and communication abilities, and multiply literacies and competences.

1)    Motivation letter (max 4000 characters):
Motivation letter which includes a description of personal goals and interests for NoVA, proposed area of research, aim of study, and professional goals, and choice of NoVA exchange university (first and second choice). In particular, the letter should indicate an understanding of opportunities for study in NoVA, express an interest in the field of art education and/or visual studies.
Letter of interest is part of the online application form.

2)    Portfolio:
We only accept electronic portfolios. Applicants should upload their portfolio to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application.
Portfolio (one PDF document): Collection of artwork and/or images of activities which you have been involved with (such as artistic, pedagogical, museum, gallery, public, activist, cultural, or social engagement work). The collection should consist of maximum 10 images. You may include both still and moving images, such as a video artwork, or filmed performance or installation work, limited to 2 minutes each in length. The videos need to be included as links into the PDF (e.g. links to Vimeo, You Tube). All work submitted should be labeled with your name, title of work, media, dimension, date completed, and any additional text you wish to provide. Please include this information on your portfolio. In addition, include a written statement, no longer than two double-spaced A4 pages that provides a context for the work (Ex: What ideas and issues are important in my work/activities? What artistic context would I place my work/activities in? What artists and cultural workers have influenced me? What images have affected me, and how?).

3)    Curriculum Vitae  (CV):
Maximum two (2) double-spaced A4 pages. Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application.

4)    Evaluation consultation (interview) for the applicants selected to the second phase:
The applicants selected to the second phase will take part to the evaluation consultation (interview). Interviews will be carried out in person, and by telephone or Skype, for applicants who are not in Finland at the time of the interview.

Language of application documents:
The language of the programme is English and all application materials should be submitted in English.

Photography

Motivation letter (study plan):
Applicants draw up a written motivation letter (max 4,000 characters) explaining why they wish to apply to the degree programme in question, what their particular areas of interest in this field are, and what their objectives and hopes are regarding the studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Applicants should specify their personal strengths and areas of interest, artistic and design visions, artwork perspectives, and artistic objectives.

Motivation letter is part of the online application form.

CV:
The applicant’s curriculum vitae with personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, published literature and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust must be attached to the application.

Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application.

Portfolio:
The applicant uploads the electronic portfolio to the application system as one PDF file before sending the application. Only one file can be uploaded to the system. The format of the file has been restricted to PDF.

The applicant’s name, address, phone number and the major applied for must be clearly visible on the first page of the portfolio. The recommended size of the portfolio is 20–30 pages. A link to a portfolio on the applicant’s website is not sufficient.

The portfolio may consist of photos of individual artworks, sets of artworks, and documentation of exhibitions. The portfolio must showcase the applicant’s previous academic, professional and/or scientific activity in a diverse and comprehensive manner. The applicant may also submit links to video files (e.g. Vimeo, YouTube) with or without password protection as parts of the portfolio. The possible password must be provided in the portfolio.

The title and/or theme of the work, the method of production, the material used, the size, the purpose and the year of completion and, if applicable, the place where the work was exhibited, displayed or published must be mentioned for each work.

Language of application documents:
Finnish, Swedish or English

Production Design

Portfolio:
The portfolio  is a showcase for the applicant’s artistic production. The portfolio should be a well-rounded and comprehensive display of your previous professional and/or artistic activity. You may present your work as drafts, technical drawings and/or photos.

The digital portfolio should be uploaded to the application system as a single PDF file before sending the application.The portfolio may consist in part of links to password protected or open video files (on Vimeo, YouTube, etc.). If protected, the password must be included in the portfolio. The works in the portfolio must be in the form of a list containing the work titles and/or themes, the production methods and materials as well as the size, format, year, and purpose of the productions and any working group members. The list must also specify when and where the works have been exhibited, performed or published.

CV:
Include with the application materials a CV containing your personal details, educational background, work experience and any exhibitions, publications, articles, awards, grants, study trips or positions of trust.

Motivation letter (contains the applicant’s tentative plan of studies):
Write a letter of motivation of at most 4000 characters (approx. one A4 sheet) explaining your reasons for applying to this area of specialisation and telling of your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Describe your strengths and interests, creative goals and other points relating to your work.

The motivation letter should contain a section in which you briefly describe what kind of work you anticipate doing in future.

Language of the application documents:
Finnish, Swedish or English.

Sound in New Media

Portfolio
Portfolios are neither required nor accepted at the first stage of application process. (In the second stage we want to see some of your work samples.)

CV (curriculum vitae)
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust.
Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before sending the application.

Motivation letter
Applicants must write up a motivation letter of a maximum of 4000 characters in length, explaining why they wish to apply to the degree programme in question, what their particular interests are in the field, and what their hopes and expectations are regarding studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The plan should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions and artistic objectives.

Language of the application documents
All the application documents should be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Other programme-specific application instructions
At the second stage of the application process there will be some homework, and during the interview the jury needs to see some of your other work samples. In the homework package there will be detailed guidelines how to proceed. If you are getting to the 2nd phase of the admission process, you will get the homework package and the invitation to the interview via email.

Visual Communication Design

CV (curriculum vitae):
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, education, work experience, exhibitions, publications, awards and grants, and study trips. In Visual Narrative we welcome students with backgrounds or interest in graphic design, writing, comics, animation and games. In Information Design we welcome design backgrounds as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, as well as cognitive psychology, geo informatics, and architecture. Hands-on experience of programming or processing is welcomed but not necessary.

Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application.

Work samples/Portfolio:
The work samples/portfolio is an opportunity to present your accomplishments. It should be an expression of artistic or academic pursuits and your skills. Include a diverse selection of previous work, be it design, information design/graphics, data visualization, comics, data analytics, web sites or apps, typography, stories, programming samples, motion graphics or video.

Process pieces that show the origins of work and the techniques used to arrive at solutions are also welcome. We are looking for skill in communicating complex ideas (stories or data) visually, good typography, bold aesthetics, and evidence of creative thinking. Organize the work thoughtfully for our viewing.

Technical Guidelines:

We currently only accept digital work samples/portfolios. Your work samples/portfolio should be a single PDF of your best work. Samples might include:
•    20 images or less of visual work.
•    20 minutes or less of interactive, web, apps, video or time-based work.
•    Writing sample no longer than 5 pages.
•    Scientific, mathematical, or engineering work with visualization outcomes.
And must include:
•    The preliminary assignment mentioned below.

Please do not send physical works: the work samples/portfolios will not be returned. If there are protected links make sure that passwords are included. If there is team work, you should mention your role.

Preliminary Statement Assignment:
Create an infographic that tells a story about yourself. This assignment must be included in the work samples/portfolio PDF.

The Personal Infographic assignment is a chance for to combine visual communication and conceptual skills to produce a hybrid infographic showcasing excellent work. The format is up to you, but the end result should be digital, a PDF or link to interactive site. No previous work: please complete original work for this assignment. The story can be anything: an autobiography or personal background, a journey or aspirations in the field of graphic design, or a completely fictional tale made up for this purpose. How your story is expressed in an infographic is part of your challenge, but it will likely involve collected and displaying data or information of some sort. This work could also be a showcase of design talent, so use professional techniques in the production of the final work. It will be evaluated on originality of thought and use of visual language or data.

Letter of Interest:
Write a short (no more than 4000 characters) letter in English about why you would be a good candidate for the Master’s Programme in Visual Communication Design. Address your particular interests and aspirations within the field. You should indicate which of our tracks, Visual Narrative or Information Design, you are interested in, and why. You may include possible topics for your master’s thesis. Your essay should focus on how you expect a master’s degree, and the courses at Aalto specifically, can help you accomplish your goals.

Letter of interest is part of the online application form.

Interviews:
Interviews will be conducted at the invitation of the department.

Language of application documents:
The language of the programme is English and all application materials should be submitted in English.

Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art

Professional Portfolio:
In the portfolio, applicants include work that showcases their artistic, curatorial, design, or theory related practice and competence.  The portfolio must contain three to five samples of the applicant’s previous activity.

Portfolio consists of visual material, i.e., presentation of artworks, exhibitions or other projects, and/or text-based works.

Artworks and curatorial or other projects can be presented as installation images, drawings, photographs, other visual material and explanatory texts. The work contained in the portfolio must be catalogued, listing at least the title and/or theme, materials used, size, purpose and year of completion of each piece. The catalogue must also detail where and when the work has been exhibited, displayed or published and what was the role of the applicant. You may include a maximum of five images per work or project. If the work or project is text based or theoretical, a maximum of five pages can be used per work or project.

The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree programme applied for must be indicated clearly on the portfolio.

Portfolios can be submitted only in digital form. Applicants should upload their portfolio to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application. The PDF-file may include links to videos (e.g. Vimeo, You Tube), see the instructions about the length of the videos below.

If you include links to videos, you may include a maximum of five minutes of video material in total. If you include several or longer video works, edit them down so that their duration does not exceed five minutes. Include in your portfolio stills with explanatory subtitles and add a link to the webpage, where the video file is to be found. If the links are password protected please make sure that you include the password in your portfolio.

If you include interactive works, make a demonstration video of key aspects. If you include several interactive works, edit the demonstration videos down so that their duration is maximum five minutes in total. Include in your portfolio stills with explanatory subtitles of the demonstrations. Add a link to the webpage, where the video file is to be found. If the links are password protected please make sure that you include the password in your portfolio.

CV (curriculum vitae):
Applications must include the applicant’s CV indicating personal data, educational background, work experience, exhibitions, publications and articles, awards and grants, study trips and positions of trust. Applicants should upload their CV to the application system in a single PDF-file before submitting the application.

Motivation letter:
Applications must include a motivation letter. The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters.

In the motivation letter applicants must explain why they wish to apply to this degree programme, what their particular interests are in the field, and what their hopes and expectations are regarding studies at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The plan should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions, artwork perspectives and artistic objectives.

Possible preliminary assignments:
The applicants selected to the second phase of the process will be sent a preliminary assignment by email about a week before the interviews.

Language of application documents:
The applicants can submit their application documents in English, Finnish or Swedish.

Language requirements

Successful applicants must have an excellent command of the language the study option they are applying to has stated as the language of instruction. If need be it can be proved by a language proficiency test.

Demonstrating proficiency in English

Applicants applying for a right to study towards a degree in an English-taught programme at Aalto University are required to provide an official certificate of their English proficiency. The recognised language tests and their minimum score requirements are listed below.

  • TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test)
    • Total score: 92 (IBT),  580 (PBT)
    • Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)
    • PDT reading section 22, listening section 22 and writing section 24
  • IELTS (Academic)
    • Overall Band Score: 6.5
    • Writing Band Score: 5.5
  • Cambridge CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
    • Grades accepted: A, B, C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic)
    • Total Score: 59
    • Writing Score: 50

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE test results are valid for two years from the test date. Thus the oldest acceptable test date for TOEFL, IELTS and PTE certificates during the 2018 application period is 15 December 2015. CAE and CPE certificates are valid indefinitely.

More information about English language certificates see list below.

Exemptions from the language test requirements

A language proficiency test is not required from the following applicants:

Applicants whose higher education degree and the requisite studies have been taken at

  • a university or a polytechnic (university of applied sciences, ammattikorkeakoulu) in Finland in Finnish, Swedish or English.
  • a university or a polytechnic in an EU/EEA country in English. In this case, the whole degree must be completed in English. The language of the degree must be stated in the degree certificate or its appendix, or in the transcript of records or other official document, such as diploma supplement, issued by the higher education institution in question.
  • an English-medium programme requiring physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.

If the degree includes studies from some other institution, the studies must also have been taken in English in a country and institution where the completed studies exempted the student from taking an English language test. However, this does not apply to degree studies completed during a student exchange.

Note: Bachelor’s degrees completed in English in the above-mentioned countries must be at least three years in duration according to curriculum in order to be used as proof of proficiency in English. Master’s degrees must be at least one year in duration according to curriculum.

Demonstrating proficiency in Finnish or Swedish

Applicants who have obtained their basic education (peruskoulu and/or toinen aste) in Finland taught in Finnish, Swedish or Sami or who have completed a university degree (giving eligibility to Master's level studies) in Finland taught in Finnish or Swedish or who have completed their basic education with Finnish or Swedish as a secondary language with a grade of magna cum laude do not need a language certificate when applying to programmes taught in Finnish or Swedish.

If needed, the language of instruction must be proven by submitting a certified copy of the school-leaving certificate from primary or secondary school, or a certified copy of the upper secondary school diploma and school-leaving certificate (päättötodistus, slutbetyget).

All other applicants must prove their proficiency in either Finnish or Swedish by producing a language certificate. Sufficient proficiency can be proven only by passing the National Certificate of Language Proficiency ("yleinen kielitutkinto") with the minimum grade of 4/6. At least two subtests must be completed with the grade 4, one of which must be Writing. In order to be able to deliver the Finnish language certificate by the deadline, the applicant has to take the test on 19 May 2018 at the latest. The deadline for signing up for the test is 30 April 2018.

More information about the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish (oph.fi)

Submitting the language test scores

The language test results must be received by the Admission Services by 24 January 2018, at 3 pm (GMT +2:00).

Applicants who take the IELTS need to enclose a copy of the score report with the application documents. Because IELTS certificates can be electronically verified by Aalto University, applicants may send plain copies of their IELTS certificates. If you receive your IELTS score after submitting your application to Aalto University, you can send a scanned copy of your result by e-mail (admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi). Please mention the programme to which you are applying as well as your full name and application ID number in the email.

Applicants who take the TOEFL test need to ask for the official score report to be sent directly to Aalto University as soon as the score is available. Please make sure to use Aalto University's institutional reporting code 7364. Only the official score report submitted by ETS is accepted. If the TOEFL IBT score delivery request has been made before the application has been submitted, the applicants are asked to give their TOEFL Registration ID number (16 digits, e.g. 00000000xxxxxxxx). The Admission Services have the possibility to verify scores which have been reported with Aalto University's institutional code 7364 in an online verification system provided by the testing authorities. The scores can be accessed in approximately 1-2 weeks after the delivery order has been made.

Applicants who take the PTE A test can deliver their score to Aalto University once they have signed in to the PTE account on the test organiser's website. The scores can be sent to an unlimited number of institutions free of charge. The test organiser will send an email to confirm that the scores have been sent. Note that according to PTE, it takes up to 48 hours for scores to be sent to institutions. For more information on how to deliver PTE results, please see the test organiser's website.

If the CAE or CPE exam was taken in 2005 or later, the results can be verified electronically. For the verification, the candidate's ID number (e.g. ABC123456) and secret number (e.g. 1234) are required. You must include these two codes with a copy of your language certificate in your application package. Older test results cannot be verified electronically. If the CAE or CPE test was taken before 2005, you will need to include an officially certified copy of the certificate with your application.

If you take your language test and receive the score after the submission of your application to Aalto University, please notify us by e-mail (admissions [at] aalto [dot] fi).

Please make sure that you register for the language test well in advance. There might not be test dates available or they may be fully booked. To find out more about the test dates and test centres, please visit the test organisers' websites.

Language testing in Finland

In Finland, the TOEFL  iBT test centers are:

  • Real Training Solutions - Helsinki - Premeria   (STN11457A)
    Arabiankatu 12, 4. Floor, 00560 Helsinki
  • Prometric, Regus Hämeentie Business Centre (APCU-8070)
    Hämeentie 15A, 3. Floor, 00500 Helsinki

For more information about the TOEFL and GRE testing in Finland, please see the website of the Fulbright Center.

The IELTS test and the Cambridge language certificate exams (Certificate in Advanced English CAE, Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE) are offered by the Finnish British Society FINNBRIT.

List of places where you can take the PTE Academic test can be found from the following document

 

Tuition fees

There is a tuition fee in the English-taught programmes leading either to a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. Tuition fees will not be charged from citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland.

Who will need to pay fees?

Citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are not required to pay tuition fees while studying towards a degree at Aalto University. Most non-EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fees. The fees will not concern those non-EU/EEA students who:

  •     have a continuous or permanent residence permit card in Finland (type A or P permit)
  •     have an EU residence permit for third-country citizens with long-term residence permit card in Finland (type P-EU permit)
  •     have an EU family member's residence card in Finland
  •     have an EU blue card in Finland

If you are exempted from tuition fees based on your residence permit in Finland, you need to enclose a copy of your residence permit card in Finland to your application documents. A copy of your valid passport or national ID card where your citizenship is indicated is required as well. Please note that the residence permit is not an official identification.

More information about determining one’s liability to pay and exemptions from tuition fees can be found on Studyinfo (studyinfo.fi).

Fees and scholarships

At Aalto University the tuition fee for master's programmes is €15 000 per academic year.

Aalto University has a scholarship prgramme to support non-EU/EEA citizens who study in a fee-charging degree programme. At Aalto University, the scholarships are granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The scholarship covers either 100 % or 50 % of the tuition fee. The number of scholarships is limited.

The scholarships do not cover living costs. Students are expected to cover living expenses (app. EUR 800 per month) and other study related costs from their own financial resources.

Non-EU/EEA citizens who are liable to pay tuition fees can apply for the Aalto University scholarship. The applicants can apply for the Aalto University scholarship at the same time at the same time they apply for a master's programme with the same application form. It is not possible to apply for the scholarship after the application period has ended. The scholarship decisions are made on the basis of academic evaluation of the applicants selected to the study programmes. The scholarship decision is given together with the admission decision.

More information about tuition fees and scholarships is available at the Scholarships and Fees section.

Contact information

Contact details

Best ways to contact Aalto University Admission Services staff is by email or by phone.

Please see contact details for further information Aalto University Admission Services Contact details.

Frequently asked questions

 

Where can I find information?

Please visit the University website for detailed information on the application procedure in general. For more information on the programme contents and courses, please see the programmes' websites.

You should carefully read through the list of available study options to find out which of them meet your interests and abilities.

How do I start the application process?

After you have found a study option you wish to apply for, read the instructions on how to apply and the admission requirements very carefully. Make sure you have all the requisite documents available. Make an appointment to take the requisite language test. This must be done in good time in order for the test score to be received by the university by the deadline (i.e. no later than 24 January 2018).

Once you are ready to fill out the application form, read the instructions on how to use the application system. Please note that the application forms are available only during the application period.

I study at a university in my home country. Can I transfer my studies to Aalto University?

Unfortunately it is not possible to transfer your current university studies to Aalto University. If you wish to pursue a degree at our university, you should apply as a new student. If you get accepted, it can be discussed with the degree programme in question whether or not some of your previous credits can be accepted as a part of your degree at Aalto University. Please note that the university does not offer bachelor's programmes in English in the field of art and design.

Are there any distance learning / online programmes available?

No, we do not have any distance learning or online programmes. All studies require attendance at the university, in Finland.

Do international students need to pay tuition fees?

The Finnish Parliament has decided to impose tuition fees for non-EU/EEA citizens who are studying towards Bachelor's or Master's degree in languages other than Finnish or Swedish. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that.The tuition fee is €15 000 per academic year for degree programmes leading to a master’s degree. More information about can be found on Fees and Scholarships.

Are there any scholarships available?

With the introduction of tuition fees, a scholarship programme will be introduced to support students who participate in a fee-charging degree programme. At Aalto University, the scholarships will be granted in the form of a tuition fee waiver. The decisions on the scholarships are made on the basis of the academic merits of the students selected to study the programmes. More information about can be found on Fees and Scholarships.

When can I apply to the master's programmes?

Admissions to the master's programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year. The application period for studies starting in autumn 2018 runs from 15 December 2017 to 24 January 2018 3.00 pm (GMT+2). The application form is only available during the application period. It is possible to apply only to one study option in the field of art and design.

How many programmes can I apply for?

In the field of art and design you can apply only for one study option. 

There separate application procedures and separate application forms for the master’s programmes in the fields of science and technology and business and economics. If you fulfill the criteria it is possible for you to apply for each field. Each field requires an individual application and a full set of documents for their admissions. Only the language test scores need to be delivered once to the university. However if you are accepted you can only accept one study place.

My previous degree is not from the field of art and design. Can I still apply?

From an administrative standpoint, applicants can apply on the basis of any Bachelor's or Master's degree (or an equivalent foreign degree) regardless of the field. The applicability of the degree and the applicant’s suitability for the field will be determined by the selection committee during the academic evaluation. Note that applicants are expected to have such prior learning, education and/or work experience that is considered to correspond to a Bachelor's degree in the study option to which the applicant is applying. Aalto University cannot comment on the eligibility of the degree before applying.

Do I need to take a language test?

In general, all applicants must prove good proficiency of the language they are going to use in their studies. There are only a few exceptions to this rule, and they are explained on the Language Requirements section.

All tuition in my university was in English. Can I be exempt from the language test?

According to the language requirements, all applicants are requested to submit a valid, official language test report. There are only a few exceptions to this rule and they are listed in the Language Requirements section. No other excemptions to the requirements can be made.

There are no language tests available before the application deadline. Can I wait for the admission results and send the language test result only if I get accepted?

The language test score must arrive at the university by the given deadline without any exceptions. The required language certificate is a requisite application material; without it the application is incomplete and cannot be processed. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they take the language test in time for the result to be received by the university by the given deadline.

I applied last year and I was not accepted. Can you use the documents I sent last year for my application this year?

The application documents will not be returned to applicants. The documents from previous years cannot be re-used. Applicants must submit a full set of documents for each admission. Only the language test scores do not need to be submitted again, provided they have been submitted as required, the result fulfills the minimum requirements and the results are still valid.

Can I get more instructions on how to compile my portfolio?

The study options have given the instructions on the portfolio in the programme-specific requirements. Due to equal treatment of applicants Aalto University Admission Services or the study options cannot give any further instructions or information. It is up to the applicant to interpret the instructions.

What is an officially attested document / certified copy?

A certified copy is a document that carries a stamp or a seal of an authority that has the power to confirm that the photocopy is identical to the original document from which it is made. The authority responsible for certification varies from country to country, but in Finland it is the Notary Public in a local register office. University documents are regarded as official if they have been certified by the university in question.

Please also see the webpage Country-specific Documentation Requirements.

What is the difference between a cover letter and a motivation letter?

The cover letter is a document generated by the online application system. You need to print and sign the cover letter and deliver it to the Admission Services with your other application documents. You will only be able to open the pdf-file and print the cover letter after you have submitted your application in the online application system.

A motivation letter is part of the application and it is written on the online application form. You can also write it in advance (max. 4000 characters with spaces) and copy-paste it to the space on the application form. You can find more specific information on programmes' requirements for the content of the motivation letter from the programme-specific requirements.

Where do I send my application documents?

Please send your application to:

Aalto University
Admission Services
P.O.Box 11110
FI-00076 AALTO
Finland

If you use courier services, please give them the street address:

Aalto University
Admission Services
Otakaari 1
FI-02150 Espoo
FINLAND
tel. +358 2944 29290

How can I know if I have been invited to an interview / second stage of the application process?

All eligible applicants are informed by email whether they have been invited to an interview or second stage. This can also be seen from the Monitoring page of the application system.

When will the results be published?

Final results will be published at the earliest on 6 April 2018. When the results are published, all applicants will receive an email directing them to the online application system to check their final admission decision. Once the results have been published, a list of the accepted applicants will be published on this site. Note that the list will only contain the names of those applicants who have given the permission to publish their admission decision on the website. If the applicant is accepted to Aalto University, a formal letter of acceptance will be sent by mail.

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