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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

Degree:

Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Application period:

1.12.2020 – 4.1.2021

Language of instruction:

Finnish
English
Swedish

Duration:

2 years, full-time

Eligibility:

Relevant Bachelor's degree

Field of study:

Art and Design

Credits:

120 ECTS

Organising school:

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Tuition fees:

For non-EU/EEA citizens, €15000/y (Master’s studies)

The application period will open 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

Scholarships and Tuition Fees

Study objectives

The Costume Design Major of the Master’s Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television focuses on the students’ personal development in artistic practice, through creative enquiry and collaboration, theoretical and critical thinking, and aims at their professional competence as costume designers in projects for screen and the performing arts. The studies are continuously enriched and updated by new design practices, new technologies and cutting-edge research in the field.

A student who graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme is able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of costume within contemporary creative practice in live and media-related performance.
  • Take an active role as costume designer in artistic productions in diverse fields of the performing arts, in film, television and other camera- and media-based projects, as well as in creative projects within a broader performance context.
  • Experiment on new concepts for the creation of costumes, initiate and propose new artistic ideas in costume design in various time and space contexts.
  • Explore his/her artistic potential and develop a personal artistic vision in costume design.
  • Reflect on prior learning and develop new working methods by returning to the core issues of costume design enquiry through a research-centred approach.
  • Master diverse artistic processes and technologies for media and live performance productions, applying and extending artistic and design skills and specialist knowledge in costume design.
  • Work as a creative team member in artistic explorations and productions.
  • Lead and motivate the team that collaborates in the realisation of the costume designs.
  • Investigate existing film, media and performance design traditions and provide critical and creative input that pushes the boundaries of costume beyond traditional roles in contemporary culture and practice.
  • Reach a level of proficiency where further external or doctoral studies in costume design can be undertaken.

Study languages

The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television is Finnish. However, in the major of Costume Design, a large part of the courses are taught in English. The degree can be completed in English.

Tuition fees

15 000 EUR for non-EU/EEA citizens in programmes instructed in English. More information on Scholarships and Tuition Fees page (aalto.fi).

Career opportunities

Students are supported to plan their own future path from the beginning of the Master studies with personal study plans (PSP) and individual guidance, which continues during the courses and seminars. The interests and strengths of each student are encouraged and complemented with minor and optional studies.  Each student is offered a possibility to focus on a specific area within the performing arts or the film and television professional field or any other performance context involving costume. The field of artistic practice for a costume designer is very broad and includes all kinds of live performance (theatre, opera, dance, circus, opening ceremonies and special events, and performance art), film, television and other screen and media projects, commercials and promotional events, festivals and celebrations. The structure of the studies in cooperation with other programmes and individuals provides a unique opportunity for networking and collaboration with professionals from other fields, opening the potential for new cooperation in the future. It is also possible to focus on the theory and research of the agency of costume in performance, and later undertake doctoral studies.

Costume designer, costume concept artist, costume supervisor, costume advisor, costume expert, teacher/educator in costume design, costume theorist, costume researcher, costume curator

Postgraduate study options

The programme provides good foundations to continue to doctoral studies.

Content of studies

The Master studies in Costume Design enhance the development of the students’ artistic expression and conceptual thinking, and expand their creative, professional and technical skills and competency as visionary costume designers. The students have the possibility to experiment on advanced concepts for costume design in special areas of performance and media, and to reflect and respond to artistically demanding productions through the design and creative processes of costume design.

The studies include entrepreunial aspects, time and budget management skills, training in developing collaborative artistic work and in communicating ideas to a technical team. If interested, the students can focus on the history, theory and research of costume, and enrich their research skills. The learning is based on a practice-led research approach, where the students’ personal strengths and interests are taken into consideration in planning the content of the studies. The studies are organised in collaboration with the Master’s Programme of Film and Television and with the University of the Arts/Theatre Academy, as well as with external institutions, individual artists and professional companies.

For further details on the education content, see the study guide for the academic years 2020-2022

Internationalisation

The students are encouraged and supported to participate in international study exchanges and work placements abroad, as well as in major international events and projects such as exhibitions, festivals, and competitions. International visiting lecturers contribute frequently to the programme. The studies are also enriched and updated by the international mobility of the teaching and technical staff. The English language is predominantly used in teaching and supervision.

Admission criteria and programme-specific requirements

Applicants meeting Aalto’s general eligibility criteria for master’s studies will be will be evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria that has been decided in advance for each study option. The applications to the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Costume Design are evaluated based on the following criteria.

 

Phase I and II

 

Relevance of previous studies

Assessed area

Content and quantity in relation to the applied study-option-specific requirements

Admission requirements

 

The prerequisite for admission to the major in Costume Design is a bachelor’s degree in the same field or in a relevant field of study, or equivalent skills and knowledge.

Method of demonstrating competence

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

 

 

 

Artistic and/or design practice

Assessed area

Demonstration of artistic experience in the field of costume design.

Admission requirements

 

In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous artistic, scientific and/or professional activity. Artwork can be presented by costume sketches, technical drawings, and/or production photographs. The work contained in the portfolio must include full credits, listing the title and/or theme, type of project, the year and place where the work was produced or presented, as well as the role of the applicant in the project. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree programme applied for must be indicated clearly on the cover of the portfolio. The portfolio should be in digital format (electronic portfolio) and it should be uploaded as a single PDF-file onto the application system before submission of the application.

Method of demonstrating competence

Portfolio (electronic)

 

 

Other areas of competence

Assessed area

Work experience and other acquired knowledge/achievements e.g. publications/articles, non-formal education, competitions, awards and grants, study trips, positions of trust.

Admission requirements

 

Applicants should demonstrate the range of their prior activity in both work experience and other acquired knowledge that relates to the field of costume design, as well as other types of experience and achievements. The applicants are expected to demonstrate work experience in costume design in at least one of its areas of practice (theatre, film, television, opera, dance, commercials, etc. – for a complete list see the study option description). Other interests, achievements, and other experience are taken into consideration.

Method of demonstrating competence

Curriculum vitae, letter of references

 

Suitability

Assessed area

Applicant’s further suitability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies/communication skills, artistic visions and objectives

Admission requirements

 

Applicants must write a motivation letter explaining the reasons for applying to the Costume Design major, their particular interests in the field, as well as their goals and expectations related to the studies in Costume Design at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The letter should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions, artistic objectives, and their motivation for advanced studies. Maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters (approx. one A4 page).

Method of demonstrating competence

Motivation letter

 

Academic performance

Assessed area

Grades of the previous degree(s) and pace of studies

Admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the major in Costume Design is a bachelor’s degree in the same field or in a relevant field of study, or equivalent skills and knowledge.

Method of demonstrating competence

Transcript(s) of records, degree certificate(s)

 

Phase II

 

Suitability

Assessed area

Applicant’s further suitability to the study option, motivation, and commitment for studies/communication skills, artistic visions and objectives

Admission requirements

 

Applicants are invited to an interview in which they provide further insights regarding their motivation for applying to the Costume Design major, their particular interests in the field, their artistic visions and personal development objectives, their work experience and prior design work, their goals and expectations related to the MA studies in Costume Design, as well as their commitment plans for the studies.

Method of demonstrating competence

Interview

 

 

Evaluation process

The applicants will be first evaluated based on Aalto’s general eligibility requirements. Applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies will be evaluated and ranked according to the evaluation criteria that has been decided in advance for each study option.

The selection process for applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria comprises of two phases. 

In the first phase, applicants are evaluated based on their application materials according to the criteria listed above. In the second phase, the most suitable applicants are invited to an interview, from which a smaller subset of applicants will be offered a study place. Applicants accepted to the programme may be required to take supplementary studies.

Phase I

In Phase I, the applications are evaluated based on the following criteria

  • Relevance of previous studies
  • Artistic and/or design practice
  • Work experience and other acquired knowledge/achievements
  • Suitability/Motivation letter
  • Academic performance

Only the applications who fulfill the requirements/are ranked highest in the preliminary evaluation will be invited to Phase II in the selection process.

Phase II

In Phase II, the evaluation is based on the following criteria

  • Relevance of previous studies
  • Artistic and/or design practice
  • Work experience and other acquired knowledge/achievements
  • Suitability/Motivation letter
  • Academic performance
  • Suitability/interview

Final selection

The final selection decisions will be made based on the evaluation conducted in Phase II.

Study-option-specific documents requested

The documents requested from all applicants are listed on the Aalto University website (https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-at-aalto/applying-to-masters-programmes). In addition, applicants to this study option are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:

CV (Curriculum vitae)

Lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

Motivation letter

Applicants must write a motivation letter explaining the reasons for applying to the Costume Design major, their particular interests in the field, as well as their goals and expectations related to the studies in Costume Design at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The letter should explain the applicant’s personal strengths, areas of interest, artistic and design visions, artistic objectives, and their motivation for advanced studies. Maximum length of the motivation letter is 4000 characters (approx. one A4 page).

Lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

Portfolio (electronic)

In the portfolio, applicants display work that shows their artistic expression and design skills. The portfolio must contain diverse samples of the applicant’s previous artistic, scientific and/or professional activity. Artwork can be presented by costume sketches, technical drawings, and/or production photographs. The work contained in the portfolio must include full credits, listing the title and/or theme, type of project, the year and place where the work was produced or presented, as well as the role of the applicant in the project. The applicant’s name, address and phone number and the degree programme applied for must be indicated clearly on the cover of the portfolio.

The portfolio should be in digital format (electronic portfolio) and it should be uploaded as a single PDF-file onto the application system before submission of the application.

Maximum size for the portfolio is 1.0 GB. Name the file Portfolio-lastname-firstname.pdf. If your portfolio contains password protected video links, include the password(s) in your portfolio. If a portfolio is not uploaded to the online application form by the deadline, the application will be rejected.

Lack of this application document will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.

Language of the application documents

The applicants are asked to send the abovementioned programme-specific documents preferably in English. The applicants also have the right to use Finnish or Swedish in the documents, if they wish.

Applying to master’s programmes

The application period will open 1.12.2020 09:00 (UTC+2)

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