Programme-specific Admission Procedure and Evaluation Criteria
What we look for in an applicant?
We seek for applicants with a previous university degree or equivalent suitability for the field and basic studies completed in an acceptable manner. Continuing on to master’s studies after completing a bachelor’s degree is a natural way to enter the programme. Necessary capabilities for the profession of a film editor include the following: ability to construct an unfolding and expressive storyline via images, ability to express the essential in a compact form, ability to find a point of view within the material, ability to understand and construct the role and meaning of sound elements, a sense of rhythm, communication skills, ability to discover psychological tensions and their relationship to image construction, ability to empathise, ability to make interesting observations and analyze the cinematic means of expression, ability to express your personal view clearly and ability to work under pressure.
The criteria we use to evaluate the applications (in the first stage) are portfolio, motivation letter as well as previous studies and/or professional activities.
In the second stage, the evaluation criteria consists of aptotude for the field.
First stage and required application documents
In the first stage of the evaluation the selection committee evaluates the applications based on the application documents. Study Option’s requirements for the application documents are listed below. Please also note requirements for the application documents presented in the general application instructions. Attach each application document to the electronic application form in PDF form.
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.
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.
Second stage is an interview to which applicants will be selected on the basis of their application documents.
The invitation to the second stage is sent to the applicants at latest 7 days in advance.