Admission to 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 2019 is 3 December 2018–11 January 2019.
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Selection schedule

Application period for studies starting in autumn 2019 runs from 3 December 2018 to 11 January 2019 (3 pm).

3 Dec 2018 at 9:00 (9 am GMT +2:00) Application period begins, application system opens.
11 Jan 2019 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +2:00) Application period ends, application system closes. Deadline for required application documents (including English language test results) to be received by Admission Services.
7 March 2019 Notifications of stage one results.
27 March 2019 Admission results are published.
31 May 2019 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00) Deadline for accepting offered study place.
28 June 2019 Acceptance from the wait list ends.
31 July 2019 Deadline for graduation for applicants applying with an incomplete degree.
7 Aug 2019 at 15:00 (3 pm, GMT +3:00) Attested copy of degree certificate (and its authorised translation) must be received by Admission Services (applicants with incomplete degree). Deadline for submitting National Certificate of Language Proficiency ("yleinen kielitutkinto") result in Finnish language (concerns only studies in Finnish).
August - September 2019 Term starts with orientation to studies.

Study options

The Master’s study options in the field of art and design as well as their language of instruction and intake quota are listed below. 

Animation    English       8              Apply here
Cinematography    English, Finnish, Swedish       2     Apply here
Collaborative and Industrial Design    English       25     Apply here
Contemporary Design    English       14     Apply here
Costume Design    English, Finnish, Swedish       2     Apply here
Creative Sustainability    English       16     Apply here
Design for the Performing Arts    English, Finnish, Swedish       4     Apply here
Documentary film    English, Finnish, Swedish       2     Apply here
Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design    English       15     Apply here
Film and Television Producing    English, Finnish, Swedish       4     Apply here
Film Editing    English, Finnish, Swedish       3     Apply here
Film Directing    English, Finnish, Swedish       2     Apply here
Film Sound Design    English, Finnish, Swedish       2     Apply here
Game Design and Production    English       8     Apply here
Interior Architecture    English       12     Apply here
International Design Business Management    English       12     Apply here
Kuvataidekasvatus    Finnish, Swedish       16     Apply here
New Media Design and Production    English       14     Apply here
Photography    English, Finnish, Swedish       13     Apply here
Production Design    English, Finnish, Swedish       2     Apply here
Screenwriting    English, Finnish, Swedish       2     Apply here
Sound in New Media    English       8     Apply here
Visual Communication Design    English       15     Apply here
Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art    English       25     Apply here

Who can apply

How to apply

Application period to Master's studies beginning in autumn 2019 is 3 December 2018 - 11 January 2019 (3 pm).

An online application form is filled in the Aalto University's application system and hard copies of the application documents need to be submitted by mail or in person to the Admission Services of the university. The documents need to arrive before the end of the application period.

Each applicant can submit an application for only one study option per year leading to a Master of Arts degree.

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.

Required documents

An application consists of the online application form; printed and signed cover letter; a set of compulsory documents; and programme-specific documents if they are required by the study option 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 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. Applicants will not be requested to supplement the application with programme-specific documents.

Application documents are not returned to applicants.

Language requirements

Applicants must have an excellent command of the instruction language of the study option.

Tuition fees and scholarships

There is a tuition fee for students who are not citizens of the member states of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), or Switzerland. Tuition fees are charged in programmes taught in English.

Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about applying and admissions.

Contact information

You can contact Admission Services by email ([email protected]) or by phone (+358 2944 29290). Please see the opening hours of the telephone service and office at Admission Services Contact information page.

If your email concerns a specific programme or field of study, please write the name of the programme or the study field in the subject field of the message.

If you have questions on programme-specific studies or academic evaluation criteria, please contact the study option directly. The contact details of the study options are at the end of each study option page.

Postal address for regular mail:

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

Address for courier services (e.g. DHL, Fedex) and visiting address:

Aalto University
Admission Services
Otakaari 1
FI-02150 ESPOO

tel. +358 2944 29290

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