Master's Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Design for the Performing Arts
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The programme provides the skills needed for challenging scenographic work in the performing arts field and applies these skills in a diverse way to new interdisciplinary art fields.
The field of performing arts is composed of theatre, opera, performance art, dance and circus, as well as new forms of performance that are still being developed. Alongside the different types of performing art, scenography is also expanding into museum and exhibition design, different kinds of events and games, and also environmental and community art.
The goal is to deepen the artistic vision acquired during bachelor studies and to both broaden the skills acquired as well as to further their specialisation. In addition, a further goal is that the students become familiar with the history, current schools of thought and central theories within the art field and that they acquire the skills needed for post-graduate studies.
Master’s students are expected to be able to independently plan their own studies.
A graduate of the Master’s Degree Programme in Design for the performing arts will be able to
- work as a scenographer in challenging performing arts productions
- handle the specialist areas of scenography
- deepen his/her artistic expression
- update his/her skills in line with developments in the field
- bring renewal and fresh expressions to the field through his/her own work
- carry out experimental and research-focused work
- continue his/her studies in a programme leading to a doctoral degree
The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television is Finnish. However, in the major of Design for the performing arts part of the courses are taught in English. The degree can be completed in English.
15 000 € per year for non EU/EEA citizens in programmes instructed in English. More information on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (aalto.fi).
A graduate of the master’s programme can work as a scenographer in the field of performing arts or apply for post-graduate studies.
Post-graduate study options
The programme gives a good foundation to continue to doctoral studies.
Content of the studies
The master’s studies are based on a personal study plan. The studies are comprised of both the advanced studies for one’s own major as well as the common advanced studies shared with the Major in Production Design and the Major in Costume Design. Some of the studies are organised together with the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.
For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic years 2018-2020 (into.aalto.fi).
Students are encouraged to complete part of their studies in international exchange programmes or internships. International visiting teachers and students enrich the teaching and help students network.
Admission procedure and programme-specific requirements
Applicants for the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television (Major in Design for the performing arts) may apply through master’s level admissions in the field of art and design.
The key selection criteria for the Major in Design for the performing arts are the artistic level of the work presented, the grasp of skills required for different types of scenographic work, and the motivation to undertake advanced studies. The main requirement is a bachelor’s degree completed in the field or equivalent knowledge and skills as well as experience of work in the field of performing arts.
Student selection takes place by means of a two-stage entrance exam. A selection process is carried out in each stage. Applicants must submit the required application documents, work portfolio, letter of motivation and CV. Selection is based on these submissions as well as an interview and possible additional samples of work.
The motivation letter must explain the applicant’s artistic visions, and the artwork perspectives and objectives related to the applicant's earlier works. The motivation letter must give reasons for why the applicant is applying to the particular degree programme or what the applicant’s interest or interests are in the particular field. The maximum length of the motivation letter is 4,000 characters. Motivation letter is part of the online application form.
The portfolio must show the applicants previous artistic, scientific and/or professional activity in a diverse and comprehensive manner. The applicant’s name, address, phone number and the major applied for must be clearly visible on the first page of the portfolio. A list of the works showcased in the portfolio must be attached to the next page of the portfolio. The title and nature (e.g. scenography) of the work, and the date of completion, the place of implementation and the working group involved must be mentioned in the list. If the work has been completed by a working group, the applicant’s role in the group must be described. The address and the password of the possible video links must be provided in the list.
The completed pre-assignment must be placed on the last page of the work portfolio.
The applicant uploads the electronic portfolio to the application system as one PDF file before sending the application.
Write a short description of a topical phenomenon, a performance or a genre that interests you in the field of performing arts. What kind of questions open up regarding its spatial nature? The maximum length of the text is 2,000 characters. One picture should be attached to the text to complement the applicant’s arguments for why the chosen phenomenon is interesting. The pre-assignment is placed on the last page of the portfolio.
Curriculum vitae (CV)
The CV must provide the applicant’s personal details, education, work experience, exhibitions, publications, prizes and grants, and the possible study trips and positions of trust related to the field of the degree programme.
The applicant uploads the CV to the application system as one PDF file before submitting the application.
Language of the application documents
Finnish, Swedish or English.
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