Department of Film, Television and Scenography

Department of Film, Television and Scenography

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography ELO is the only university-level film school in Finland. It is a vital combination of innovative art academy and an active, practice-based and artistic research unit. It teaches all aspects of filmmaking and performance design as separate skill sets. Our faculty consists of international-level practicing filmmakers, scenographers and researchers.

Filming. Image by Unto Rautio.

We value our 60-year-long tradition but at the same time actively explore future challenges and emerging technologies. The department works closely with the audiovisual industry, theatre, and emerging contemporary groups in performing arts.

Education draws on artistic and pedagogical traditions, passing it on creatively and developing new forms of expression. During the education students are familiarized with artistic processes, team work, historical and critical thinking, observations and interpretations of reality. This knowledge is applied in practical exercises and student film productions.

The department's research brings new understanding of the forms of expression and production processes in cinematic and scenographic art and opens paths to international research. The research orientation is based on a fruitful dialogue between theory and practice.

 

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Our research groups

Costume in Focus (CiF)

Costume in Focus (CiF) is the first research group with sharp focus on developing research in the field of Costume Design.

Costume design

The Expanded Scenography research group

The research group was initiated in 2015 for developing the artistic research and practice in the 'scenographic' field in change.

photo scenography

Critical Cinema Lab

The Lab hosts a project Images of Harmony and Rupture - Documentary Film Reflecting Fractures in the Scandinavian Welfare State Ethos. It is funded by the Kone Foundation and headed by
Professor Susanna Helke. DAs Jouko Aaltonen and Timo Korhonen work as postdoctoral researchers.

Reetta Huhtanen: Economic Forecasters (2015)

Elements of Success in the Finnish Film Production

The project studies processes, film production cultures and contemporary film audiences. The focus is on the factors that contribute to a film’s success.

Andres Teirs. © Matila Röhr Productions

ScreenPoetics

ScreenPoetics focuses on the screenwriting processes, variations in screenwriting dramaturgy and history and future of screenwriting.

Andrei's memory of his family

Virtual Cinema Lab

Virtual Cinema Lab is a multidisciplinary arena for those interested in new and emerging technologies.

Virtual Cinema Lab

Studies

The programmes and major subjects at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture provide high quality teaching in a diverse and student-centred manner. Our school began implementing a reform of bachelor's and master's degrees in September 2014.

The new degree structures offer students the opportunity for more in-depth studies in their own major or a field of their master's programme, or to utilise Aalto University's multidisciplinary course offering in minor subjects and elective studies. Our school offers a wide variety of minors, many of which are carried out in cooperation with other Aalto University schools. Students can also apply for minor studies at other Finnish universities through JOO studies, or complete part of their studies during an international exchange.

For more info on our Master's programmes:

Master's Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Costume Design

Are you interested in studying Costume Design at the forefront of the field? Would you like to explore costume from a practice-based perspective that stimulates new concepts and ideas? Do you want to be part of international costume-related events? The Costume Design major of the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television aims at creating the future professionals for the field of costume design, supporting the development of a dynamic artistic vision and a research-oriented approach for the performing arts and the film and media creative industries.

Costume Design

Master's Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design

The major in production design involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and production entity of a film production. The aim of the education is to find and enhance the student’s personal artistic vision, to extend his/her professional competence and/or specialisation and to provide skills needed for doctoral studies. Along with broad-ranging professional skills, the goal is to obtain the ability to develop the student’s own field in a creative and independent manner. Master’s degree students are expected to work independently and to play an active role in planning their studies.

Film Producing

Master's Programme in Film and Television - Cinematography

In Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Cinematography, the student deepens his/her vocational competence to achieve a greater mastery of the overall artistic, production and technical entity of his/her professional area in various film, TV and advertising productions.

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Master's Programme in Film and Television - Documentary Film

We aim to train visionary documentary film directors, creative professionals who are creating the future of documentary filmmaking. Here you can deepen your powers of observation and expression while developing your own style as a director. Courses in film analysis, history and modern-form docuementary round out the MA studies.

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Master's Programme in Film and Television - Film Directing

Master’s program in Film and Television, major in Film Directing in Elo Film school Finland strengthens the student’s capacity to generate and develop cinematic ideas, storybuilding and narration skills in addition to developing the director’s personal cinematic style and directorial identity.

Directing

Master's Programme in Film and Television - Film Editing

The aim of the MA degree is to develop the student into an expert of viewing and seeing, a storyteller and an artist.

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Master's Programme in Film and Television - Film Sound Design

Create the soundtracks for the hit films of tomorrow - our sound design programme will equip you with the skills and theory you need as a professional sound designer and sound engineer in all areas of film production. You'll learn how to think about sound in terms of dramatic composition and to understand sound and space. Students will also gain a deeper appreciation for the dynamics of a full-length film production process and develop management and communication skills. Theory and history lessons lend a deeper knowledge of the traditions and modern trends in film.

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Master's Programme in Film and Television - Film and Television Producing

The goal of the Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Film and Television Producing is to deepen the student’s skills in his/her chosen direction – towards independent audiovisual entrepreneurship, a research or development project in the film producing field, a deeper understanding of artistic leadership or equivalent advanced competence planned together with the student.

Film Producing

Master's Programme in Film and Television - Screenwriting

The aim of the Master's Degree Programme in Screenwriting for Film and Television is to strengthen the student's individual expression, skills in writing for film and the abilities required in artistic and production-related process work and group work. Master’s students become familiar with the central theoretical questions in the field and its research.

Screeningwriting

Ekosetti - opas ekologisesti kestävämpään audiovisuaaliseen tuotantoon

Oppaaseen on koottu käytännön vinkkejä, kuinka kotimaisissa av-tuotannoissa voitaisiin toimia ympäristöystävällisemmin.

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Ekosetti-oppaan kuvituskuva. Kuvassa kesäinen niitty kullankeltaisessa auringonvalossa. Kuvan etualalla valkoinen laatikko tekstillä: Ekosetti, opas ekologisesti kestävämpään audiovisuaaliseen tuotantoon.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious universities in its fields. We educate our students to create imaginative, collaborative, compassionate and unconventional approaches to the most pressing challenges of today.

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Students riding bikes in front of the Aalto University Väre building, photo by Unto Rautio

News

Saara Saarela at the set of the movie Guardian of Water. Photo: Gabriela Urm © Bufo 2020
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Saara Saarela to direct The Guardian of Water

The movie based on Emmi Itäranta’s award-winning novel Memory of Water has begun filming. The Guardian of Water (Veden vartija in Finnish) is directed by Saara Saarela, professor of film directing at Aalto University.
vanhempi mieshenkilö istuu kotisohvalla ja katsoo kameraan, sohvan selkänojan päällä on kasa pehmonalleja ja pöydällä palaa kynttilöitä
Honoured, Research & Art, Studies Published:

The film On Hold speaks for empathy

In the making of the documentary careful focus was paid into how to protect the callers’ anonymity and how to deal with hate speech.
Photo: Julia Weckman
Cooperation, Studies Published:

Studies in the Design for the Performing Arts major to be relocated from Aalto University to Uniarts Helsinki

Relocating the Design for the Performing Arts major from Aalto University to Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy will strengthen the teaching provided in performing arts: thanks to the change, the subject will soon be offered under the same roof as several other degree programmes in performing arts. Teaching and research in the Production Design and Costume Design majors in the Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television will continue to run at Aalto University.
Ekosetti cover photo: a view on a meadow in strong direct sunlight
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Ekosetti: A Guidebook to Sustainable Audiovisual Production in Finland now available in English

The goal of the guidebook is to promote a more environmentally friendly way of production.

Events

7th Art of Research Conference
Conferences and workshops

Art of Research Conference VII: Authorship and Responsibility

Art of Research Conference: Authorship and Responsibility, Aalto University, Dec. 3-4 2020
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