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Master's Programme in Film and Television - Production Design

The major in production design involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and production entity of a film production. The aim of the education is to find and enhance the student’s personal artistic vision, to extend his/her professional competence and/or specialisation and to provide skills needed for doctoral studies. Along with broad-ranging professional skills, the goal is to obtain the ability to develop the student’s own field in a creative and independent manner. Master’s degree students are expected to work independently and to play an active role in planning their studies.
Film Producing

Degree:

Master of Arts (Art and Design)

Application period:

1.12.2021 – 3.1.2022

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 1.12.2021 09:00 (UTC+2)

Applying to master’s programmes

Study objectives

The major in production design involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and production entity of a film production.

The aim of the education is to find and enhance the student’s personal artistic vision, to extend his/her professional competence and/or specialisation and to provide skills needed for doctoral studies. Along with broad-ranging professional skills, the goal is to obtain the ability to develop the student’s own field in a creative and independent manner. Master’s degree students are expected to work independently and to play an active role in planning their studies.

A key objective of master’s degree studies in production design is to support the student’s personal goals and reinforce the competence of students with different backgrounds in the field of production design as well as direct them in their choice of specialisation. Another aim is to encourage the student to boldly bring forth his/her perspective on artistic collaboration as a whole.

A graduate of the Master’s Degree Programme in Production Design will be able to

  • work as a production designer in demanding film and television productions
  • manage broad artistic entities
  • guide and motivate the working group implementing the designs
  • deepen his/her artistic expression
  • expand his/her skills through developments in the field and new demands, (for example, digital production design, new narrative forms for film and television)
  • develop new work methods by means of experimental and investigative work
  • renew the field in collaboration with other people responsible for artistic content in film/TV productions
  • continue his/her studies in a programme leading to a doctoral degree

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 Production Design, a large part of the courses are taught in English. The degree can be completed in English.

 

Tuition fees

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

 

Career opportunities

In particular, the training prepares students to be production designers in film and television. Through the skills provided by the programme and their further adaptation, it is also possible to work in digital production design.  In addition, a production designer also has the possibility to apply their skills in other work related to graphic design and the use of space, such as in the production of different kinds of performing arts, as a concept designer, or as a designer for exhibitions and fairs.

The degree includes 30 credits of elective studies. They allow the student to complement his/her degree according to personal orientation or deepen his/her competence in a desired area.

Graduates of the programme can work in many positions: set designer, production designer, Art Director, Production Designer, concept designer, exhibition designer, interior designer, researcher, teacher.

 

Post-graduate studies

After graduation the student can apply for doctoral studies towards a Doctor of Arts degree.

 

Study contents

Master’s degree studies include delving into the special areas of production design, research related studies to develop conceptual thinking relating to design for theatre, film and television, and productions that realise artistic expression.

The students can take research-oriented and theoretical studies that are an introduction to doctoral studies in the Degree Programmes of both Film and Television and Design for Theatre, Film and Television.

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

Internationalisation

Students are encouraged to complete part of their studies in international exchange programmes or internships and participate in international teaching events. International visiting teachers and students enrich the reaching and help students network.

A significant amount of master’s studies are completed in English.

Study-option-specific evaluation criteria

Applicants meeting Aalto’s 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 applications to Master’s programme in Film and Television - Production design will be evaluated based on the following criteria

Phase I

Artistic and/or design practice

What is evaluated

Demonstrations of artistic and/or design work or assignments.

What we look for in an applicant/Admission requirements

 

To be able to study in our program in Production Design the applicant should have a basic understanding of the role and responsibilities of working as a Production Designer on the professional field. Previous experience on professional field of filmmaking, long features, short features, TV-drama or previous education to able to understand role and responsibilities working as a Production Designer.

We are intensively looking for students who can handle basics in visual, operational and productional entity of a film or tv-productions. Yet, it is possible to start in our MA-program even without actual previous BA-studies in any film school. But in that case, we are looking for a clear presentation of professional career, portfolio with working examples that needs to fulfill also artistic expectations.

Portfolio is required from all applicants to evaluate applicant’s experience and artistic insight to the Production designer’s studies or work.

Method of demonstrating competence

Portfolio

 

Relevance of previous studies

What is evaluated

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

What we look for in an applicant/Admission requirements

 

A bachelor’s degree completed in the field or equivalent knowledge and skills is a requirement for admission.

To be able to study in our program in Production Design the applicant should have a basic understanding of a role and responsibilities of working as a Production Designer on the professional field.

The applicant should have a basic understanding of different phases of pre-production, filming and post-production. In order to cope in MA-level, chosen students should have at least basic education or experience of all of those fields, since in MA-level we are focusing to deepen the skills that students have learned already during their BA-studies.

Applicants without a previous degree or with a degree from another field are taken into account

Method of demonstrating competence

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

 

Suitability

What is evaluated

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

What we look for in an applicant/Admission requirements

 

A letter of motivation explaining your reasons for applying to this area of specialisation and telling of your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Describe your strengths and interests, creative goals and other points relating to your work.

The motivation letter should contain a section in which you briefly describe what kind of work you anticipate doing in future.

Method of demonstrating competence

Motivation letter

 

Other areas of competence

What is evaluated

Work experience and other required knowledge/achievements

What we look for in an applicant/Admission requirements

CV that explains applicant's accurate status in presented works. To evaluate the role and experience in the field or during previous studies.

Method of demonstrating competence

CV

The study option does not consider recommendation letters.

 

Phase II

Suitability

What is evaluated

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

What we look for in an applicant/Admission requirements

During the interview phase we are checking the general understanding of the group work, film making processes and ability to analyse visual arts in general.

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 two phases: 

Phase I

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

  • Artistic and/or design practice
  • Relevance of previous studies
  • Suitability/Motivation letter
  • Other areas of competence

Only the applicants who 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:

  • Suitability/Interview

During the interview phase we are checking the general understanding of the group work, filmmaking process and ability to analyse visual arts in general.

After the evaluation conducted in Phase II, the best applicants will be selected based on the joint evaluation from Phases I and 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:

Portfolio

The portfolio (single PDF file) is a showcase for the applicant’s artistic production. The portfolio should be a well-rounded and comprehensive display of your previous professional and/or artistic activity. You may present your work as drafts, technical drawings and/or photos.

The digital portfolio should be uploaded to the application system as a single PDF file before sending the application. The portfolio may consist in part of links to password protected or open video files (on Vimeo, YouTube, etc.). If protected, the password must be included in the portfolio. The works in the portfolio must be in the form of a list containing the work titles and/or themes, the production methods and materials as well as the size, format, year, and purpose of the productions and any working group members. The list must also specify when and where the works have been exhibited, performed or published.

Maximum size of the file is 1.0 GB. Name the file Portfolio-lastname-firstname.pdf.

Motivation letter

Write a letter of motivation of at most 4000 characters (approx. one A4 sheet) explaining your reasons for applying to this area of specialisation and telling of your particular interest(s) in the field as well as your goals and expectations for the studies to be completed at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Describe your strengths and interests, creative goals and other points relating to your work.

The motivation letter should contain a section in which you briefly describe what kind of work you anticipate doing in future.

CV

Include with the application materials a CV containing your personal details, educational background, work experience and any exhibitions, publications, articles, awards, grants, study trips or positions of trust.

The study option does not consider recommendation letters.

Language of application documents

Finnish (Swedish) or English.

The application period will open 1.12.2021 09:00 (UTC+2)

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