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

Planning your studies

Planning your studies

Take time to plan your studies. You have to make important decisions in different stages of your studies:

  • How to plan the studies so that it's possible to graduate in time?
  • What studies to include in your degree?
  • What minor studies to take?
  • Should the studies include an exchange period or an internship abroad?
  • What projects to include in studies?
  • What is the subject of thesis work?

You build your own, individual study plan which helps you to define your studies as a whole. Well planned studies are a key to successful studies.

You can view your degree structure and information on courses and study modules in Sisu once you’ve made a HOPS study plan.


Sisu instructions

Your study plan automatically shows the courses and study modules that are compulsory, i.e. those you are required to complete in order to graduate. For your elective (optional) studies module, you can find courses by using the search function either in Sisu’s ‘selection assistant’ or on the Search page (click Search on the upper banner).

Personal study plan

Practical tool to define your own study path is called Personal Study Plan (PSP or Finnish HOPS). The personal study plan is drawn up and approved by the student and the persons appointed by the degree programme together. Although HOPS is mandatory document that needs to be confirmed academic advisor, it is also a useful tool for you to keep up with your studies. At best it shows you at which stage your studies are and it sets concrete milestones that you can follow.

HOPS tools that are in use in Aalto ARTS:


Guide for using Sisu

Personal study plan is approved by your academic advisor. You can update the plan as needed, but the main goal is to make a realistic plan to support your studies. Please note that you need a valid plan for example to apply for exchange or minor studies.

Sisu support

If you can not find answers in instructions and have problems with your PSP or course registration in Sisu, you can come and visit our Sisu clinic, where we can check individually, how to manage the problem. Clinic is not a lecture about Sisu. The clinic is suitable for undergraduate students. Next clinics and links to them:

Sisu clinics in the fall semester 2023
ZOOM link is the same for all clinics:

Tuesday 22.8. 10 am - 11:30 am
Friday 25.8. 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Tuesday 19.9. 10 am - 11:30 am
Friday 22.9. 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Tuesday 10.10. 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday 12.10. 10 am - 11:30 am
Friday 20.10. 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday 26.10. 10 am - 11:30 am

Tuesday 14.11. 10 am - 11:30 am
Friday 17.11. 10 am - 11.30 am

Wednesday 13.12. 10 am - 11:30 am
Friday 15.12. 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Instructions on studying

The guidance counsellor of ARTS

With the guidance counsellor, you can talk about all matters related to your studies and future plans, get help with structuring your thoughts and get support for broader study planning and goal setting. The guidance counsellor can also help when you would like to talk with someone about your studies but are not sure whom to contact.

The guidance counsellor can help if you want to, for example,

  • Reflect your strengths and interests
  • Dxplore different study options (minors, study exchange etc.)
  • Discuss any subject concerning your studies that puzzles you (motivation, change of program/field etc.)

You can reserve time via MyStudies. The length of the appointment is 45 minutes and available times (ca. 3/week) are on different weekdays.


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